AIRA resources are made freely available to all in immunization and public health. We encourage health care providers, IIS vendors, EHR/EMR vendors, policy makers, funders and others interested in the advancement of immunization information systems (IIS) to use the many valuable resources you will find here. Documents housed here include AIRA’s newsletter SnapShots, MIROW best practices, functional and technical standards, and many others. Browse available resources by topic, or use the search feature to search for what you need.
- PHII recently released a planning toolkit that provides guidance on preparing to work with Medicaid on securing federal matching funds. Those funds can be used to support IIS readiness for Meaningful Use and Health Information Exchange. The toolkit includes tip sheets and work sheets to support preliminary planning in working with Medicaid.
- AIRA's Assessment Steering Committee (ASC) has just released a new resource, Practical Examples of IIS Population-Based Coverage Assessments. This resource is an addendum to the Analytic Guide for Assessing Vaccination Coverage Using an IIS. This addendum describes examples of population-based coverage practices from select IIS: New York City, Colorado, Oregon, Minnesota and Washington state. The examples are intended to provide practical and replicable information that programs can utilize in planning and implementing similar assessments using their IIS data.
- AIRA's Standards and Interoperability Committee (SISC) published a notice to the IIS community about vaccine serial numbers being newly embedded into 2D barcode data. The goal of this notice is to raise other critical data elements within barcoded data.
- AIRA's SISC has published a position statement focused on the IIS community moving toward sunsetting HL7 2.3.1 interfaces. This document is meant to serve as a tool for IIS working with EHRs to communicate the consensus recommendation on dates by which HL7 2.3.1 interfaces will no longer be supported across the community.
- AIRA is proud to announce the release of the Data Validation Guide. This guide provides recommendations on the data validation process within onboarding. This is the first resource of a multi-year project that will look at different aspects of IIS data quality.
- PHII and CDC have recently written a white paper on using business rule analysis in public health leveraging IIS as an example. The resource is entitled Systematic Collaborative Approach to Improve Public Health Programs.
- AIRA is proud to announce the Confidentiality and Privacy Considerations for IIS document is now available. This resource summarizes different IIS confidentiality/privacy issues and provides considerations and sample forms.
- The Online Journal of Public Health Informatics recently published two pertinent articles to the IIS community. The Impact of EHR Interoperability on IIS Data Quality explores research using data from North Dakota's IIS. Another article discusses how linking pharmacies with IIS improves adult immunization rates and health outcomes by using timely data.
- The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) recently created a poster and flyer encouraging patients to "protect yourself, your family, and your community by keeping your immunization record up-to-date." Visit APhA's website for more information about this resource.
- Public Health Reports published an article on the Effects of HL7 Messaging on Data Quality in New York City's IIS in their July-August 2016 issue (volume 131). Please click here to read the abstract.
- The Stage 3 Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Task Force published guidelines and recommendations on Public Health Agency Readiness for Meaningful Use, 2015 - 2018.
- Pediatrics recently published an article entitled Immunization Data Exchange With Electronic Health Records that explores the positive impact of data exchange between New York City's IIS and a large hospital network's EHR on immunization coverage.
- MIROW has published new best practice guidelines on Decrementing Inventory via Electronic Data Exchange. A full guide and mini guide are now available.
- The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) has recently published an Assessment of Local Health Department Use of IIS.
- The Public Health Informatics Institute partnered with members of the IIS community including AIRA to develop IIS workforce sample role descriptions. These role descriptions are meant to offer sample language and a comprehensive list of potential desired responsibilities with corresponding knowledge, skills and abilities.
- In October 2015, the AIRA team, in partnership with the Standards and Interoperability Steering Committee (SISC) and CDC partners, drafted and released a guidance document titled Guidance for HL7 Acknowledgement (ACK) Messages to Support Interoperability. The guidance document was developed in large part because analyzed ACK messages were found to have considerable variation and limited alignment with the National Implementation Guide (IG). The newly released document provides clarification on implementation methods in an effort to point all IIS towards common, standardized ACK messaging.
- The Analytic Guide for Assessing Vaccination Coverage Using an IIS is available. The purpose of the Analytic Guide for Assessing Vaccination Coverage Using an IIS is to assist IIS staff and other interested parties in using IIS data to do population-based coverage assessments. The guide describes practical considerations and key decision points in designing a population-based assessment using an IIS.
- CDC has released the AFIX-IIS Integration, Operational and Technical Guidance for Implementing IIS-Based Coverage Assessment – Phase 1. This document provides CDC’s requirements and recommendations for incorporating AFIX assessment functionality in IIS. The AFIX-IIS Phase II guidance document is also now available.
- Over 150 members of the IIS community attended a roundtable discussion at the 2015 AIRA National Meeting in April to discuss IIS assessment and certification. A summary of their feedback and input is now available.
- IISSB has been conducting its CDSi project for several years to clearly capture the ACIP recommendations and provide uniform representation of vaccine decision guidelines. Historically, the CDSi Logic Specification and supporting resources have focused exclusively on childhood and adolescent vaccines. However, recently IISSB published the Logic Specification and Supporting Data Version 2.0, which now includes routine vaccines for healthy adults.
- The Summary and Environmental Scan of Assessment and Certification Models is now available. This paper provides a review of the relevant assessment and certification models in use across public health and health care in addition to a reflection on how components of these models might be useful in the IIS community.
- The MIROW Evaluation Final Report is available. Learn how MIROW best practices are being implemented across the country.
- IIS Joint Development: Practical Guidance for Collaborative IIS Projects, released July 2014 by PHII and AIRA.
Valuable information on law and policy and on the cost and effectiveness of IIS in improving immunization coverage
Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (www.jphmp.com)
July/August 2014 - Volume 20 - Issue 4.
- Community Guide: A systematic and comprehensive review by Community Preventive Services Task Force (all articles compiled here). The articles include 1) the Task Force’s official recommendation, 2) IIS literature evidence review, 3) review of the economic literature,
- CDC article: “Immunization Information Systems: A Decade of Progress in Law and Policy."
- Also included is an editorial from the journal’s editor, Dr. Lloyd Novick.
- ONC's Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure presents an invitation to health IT stakeholders to join ONC in developing a defined, shared roadmap, June, 2014.
- Read the AIRA Survey Report on Awardee Experiences Using IIS for Immunization Coverage Assessments, May 2014.
- AIRA White Paper - Survey of Immunization Reporting to Immunization Information Systems by Major U.S. Pharmacies, January 2014
- HL7 Implementation Guides for Immunization Messaging