Tuesday, March 18, 2008

An Integrated Approach to a Statewide Immunization Information System (IIS)

Kim Tichy, Marnell Kretschmer, and Don Callaghan. Immunization Program, Iowa Department of Public Health, 321 E. 12th Street, Des Moines, IA, USA

Learning Objectives for this Presentation:
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Identify strategies to strengthen relationships between your state's IIS and other state programs
2. Understand the benefits of collaborative approaches to a statewide IIS

Participation in Iowa's Immunization Registry Information System, IRIS, is voluntary. However, more than 500 Iowa clinics use IRIS. All local public health agencies have used IRIS since its inception in 2001, and since that time over 400 private and public hospitals and clinics have enrolled. Often, immunization clinics are held in conjunction with WIC and MCH clinics in which IRIS is used to document immunization status for all patients. In addition, Iowa schools can now view and print immunization certificates from the view-only version of IRIS. The Immunization Program uses IRIS for all aspects of program planning, including vaccine accountability and management, provider quality assurance, population assessments, performance measures, and immunization coverage. Through IRIS, clinics can order VFC vaccine online and manage their inventory. The Immunization Program can also monitor doses administered by the clinics. These features of IRIS allow the Immunization Program to maximize state and federal dollars for effective program management.
Through strategic planning and successful marketing, IRIS has become an invaluable tool for healthcare providers and public health practitioners. Enrollment into IRIS continues and further enhancements to IRIS are scheduled for the upcoming year.

IRIS is used by all public health agencies to record immunizations given in Iowa to patients from birth to death.

IRIS contains over 1.5 million patient records, or about half the population of Iowa. Of these records, more than 12 million vaccines have been recorded.

Project Description:
Participants will hear how one state uses their IIS in all aspects of the Immunization Program.

Results/Lessons Learned:
Iowa uses an integrated approach to the IIS which has led to successful program management.

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