5.8: Link Standard Codes to Immunization Data

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Overview

The EHR or other clinical software system links standard codes (i.e., LOINC for lab tests or evaluation tools, SNOMED-CT for conditions or observations, CVX for immunizations) to discrete data elements associated with an immunization.

Example

A patient’s record in Dr. Smith’s EHR displays all vaccines, lab tests, and diagnoses with common names. The EHR can translate these items to appropriate codes to allow reporting to public health registries. The coding also helps the EHR check for diagnoses, which should help providers know to avoid specific vaccines.

Guidance

All vendors evaluated support CVX codes for immunizations and SNOMED-CT or ICD for conditions.

  • Vendor Perspectives. Vendors should collaborate with public health immunization registries and provider to harmonize capabilities and determine workflow.
  • Provider and Implementer Perspectives. Providers should collaborate with public health immunization registries and EHR vendors to harmonize capabilities and determine workflow.

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