6.2: Notify Patients of Immunization Status

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Overview

The EHR or other clinical software system notifies patients based on specific known immunization data.

Example

Dr. Smith needs to notify a significant number of her patients about new information and actions they may need to take. Two examples of such notification include: (1) that a patient received a vaccine that has been recalled and there is a specific action that needs to be taken (e.g., receive another vaccine, etc.), and (2) that a patient is overdue for required vaccines and needs to schedule appointments to catch up with their vaccine schedules.

Guidance

Many products evaluated support notifying all patients identified in a population-level report (cohort) of actions they should take. These vendors support capturing a patient’s preferred method for communication as part of the demographics (expected for Meaningful Use 2014 certification). The products subsequently use these notification preferences to allow providers to notify patients in a cohort of required information. Three-quarters of the products allow such notification; many require the provider to configure the process to support immunization-related notices.

  • Vendor Perspectives. Vendors should work with customers to determine preferences for individual and cohort-based patient notification (i.e., send notification to all patients identified in the population-level report).
  • Provider and Implementer Perspectives. Discuss preferences for the individual patient and cohort notification with the software vendor.

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