Monthly Update

July 2022 in Review


Executive Director's Update

In July, we were able to come together virtually and in-person to continue to strengthen our systems and our community. Over the past two months, we’ve enjoyed meeting with IIS managers to eat lunch together (virtually), learn from one another, and develop new relationships. This fall, we will explore new ways to bring the IIS manager community together to continue to collaborate on important topics. In addition to meeting virtually, groups have also begun to meet in person. AIRA staff attended the 2022 NACCHO360 Conference July 19–21 in Atlanta. AIRA staff led a discussion titled “Immunization Data Quality: Interventions, Monitoring and Outputs,” which focused on data-quality tools and resources that could potentially be used across other areas of public health. AIRA staff also joined five technology partners for the immunization demonstration of the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase. At the end of July, the Measurement for Assessment and Certification Advisory Workgroup (MACAW) met in person in Minneapolis to advance the work of the Measurement and Improvement Initiative. To learn more about the meeting, check out the article below
As we near back-to-school season, I would encourage you to explore the educational opportunities coming soon from AIRA. The new Provider Organization Onboarding for IIS course will be offered on a weekly basis from September 7 to October 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. ET. You can read about the course in the next article. We will have additional courses, webinars, and workgroups to announce over the coming weeks, so stay tuned and start sharpening your pencils.
I hope you all get to enjoy some fun in the sun over the next few weeks. 

Rebecca Coyle, MSEd
Executive Director


Provider Organization Onboarding for IIS

Register now!
AIRA’s Onboarding Shared Services (OSS) team is excited to offer the Provider Organization Onboarding for IIS course to the IIS community! This course was created to help build or enhance participants’ capacity to conduct onboarding in alignment with best practices. Six one-hour sessions will be offered on a weekly basis from September 7 to October 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. ET. The course includes a deep dive into each step of the onboarding process, including best practices and implementation considerations associated with each step, and provides program staff and managers with key information and resources needed to understand and support provider onboarding. Participants can register here or visit AIRA’s Onboarding Shared Services-Onboarding Training webpage for more information. Registration will close August 19. For questions, please email Sarah Wible


In case you’re interested, we piloted the course!
AIRA’s OSS team recently piloted the Provider Organization Onboarding for IIS course. Twenty participants representing eight jurisdictions participated in twice-weekly sessions for three weeks from June 7 to June 23. After completion of the six sessions, a course evaluation was filled out by 13 (65%) participants. One hundred percent of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed the course was high-quality and would recommend the course to a colleague. Thank you to our IIS participants from American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, New Hampshire, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Virgin Islands, and Wyoming!


Immunization Integration Program Highlighted in Health IT Buzz

The Immunization Integration Program (IIP) was pleased to be mentioned in an article in Health IT Buzz, a blog by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The article, “New Testing Method Available for Standardized API Criterion,” references the IIP’s Testing and Recognition initiative as an alternative test method for ONC’s (f)(1) Transmission to immunization registries certification criterion. In addition to offering EHRs a pathway to (f)(1) certification, the IIP facilitates the adoption of high-priority immunization-related capabilities and workflows to improve clinical decision making and information sharing with IIS. 

The IIP was previously highlighted in a 2017 Health IT Buzz post when the IIP was approved as an alternative testing method. For more information, please contact Melissa McClung, IIP director


MACAW In-Person Meeting

AIRA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the members of the Measurement for Assessment and Certification Advisory Workgroup (MACAW) met in person July 26–28, 2022, in Minneapolis. The main goals of this meeting included:

The group accomplished these goals and established next steps for each topic via multiple sessions of large- and small-group discussions using existing resources, such as Functional Standards v4.1, CDC’s IIS Data Quality Blueprint, and other published guidance documents. Thanks to all the workgroup members who invested their valuable time to make this M&I effort a success.


From left to right (front row): Rebecca Sandtveit (AIRA), Assiatou Diallo (AIRA), LaTreace Harris (CDC), Emily Martinez (NYC), Tesha Lucas (AIRA), Mary Beth Kurilo (AIRA), Kristi Siahaya (AIRA), Shannon Coleman (STCHealth), Alexandra Hayes (AIRA) 

From left to right (back row): Julie Tchoumkeu (AIRA), Valentin Sostaric (AZ), Aaron Bieringer (MN), Kevin Snow (Envision), Eric Schuh (Gainwell Technologies), Lynn Gibbs-Scharf (CDC), Eric Larson (AIRA), Hossam Tamri (NIST), Nathan Bunker (AIRA), and Jim Pearsol (AIRA Contractor) 

Not pictured: Katie Cruz (NM), Josh Hull (MI), Dave McCormick (IN), John Robison (Philadelphia), Rob Snelick (NIST), and Vivian Porter (IHS)


Information Requests

AIRA members can submit and review information requests—a circulation of questions to and answers from the community. The recent information request on the topic below can be found by using the “Information Requests” filter in the AIRA repository.

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Committee and Workgroup Updates: July Recap

HL7 Immunization User Group

  • The HL7 Immunization User Group met on July 14.
  • The group received updates about the Standards and Interoperability Steering Committee (SISC) and HL7 Innovations Workgroup.
  • The committee received a presentation from Nathan Bunker on NDC and CVX standard settings. The user group had a community discussion about NDC and CVX settings.
  • The next meeting is August 11, 2022, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

Measurement for Assessment & Certification Advisory Workgroup (MACAW)

  • MACAW met on July 14.
  • The workgroup received updates on the upcoming MACAW in-person meeting scheduled for late July.
  • The group discussed the content area Data at Rest (DAR) Assessment.
  • MACAW also received a presentation on student projects that have been conducted with AIRA support.
  • MACAW met in person July 26–28 in Minneapolis.  
  • The next meeting is August 11, 2022, from noon to 1 p.m. ET.

Modeling of Immunization Registry Operations Workgroup (MIROW)  

  • MIROW met on June 16.
  • MIROW is updating the existing MIROW guides on data quality (Data Quality Assurance in IIS: Incoming Data, Data Quality Assurance in Immunization Information Systems: Selected Aspects, and Lot Number Validation Best Practices). In the July meeting, MIROW received an update on the status of the project. The guide is currently going through the graphic design process.
  • MIROW will be transitioning to a new group structure this fall. The new group, the IIS Best Practices Community of Practice, will continue to create best practices for the IIS community. The IIS Best Practices Community of Practice will support and develop MIROW resources in addition to exploring new methodologies and products. More detailed information about the IIS Best Practices Community of Practice will be included in the August Monthly Update.
  • The next MIROW meeting is August 18, 2022, from 4 to 5 p.m. ET.

Power BI User Group (PUG)

Smarty User Group

Standards & Interoperability Steering Committee (SISC)

  • SISC met on July 13.
  • Paloma Hawry, speaking on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gave an update on code sets.
  • Nathan Bunker gave an update on the HL7 User Group as well as the SISC Small Group.
  • AIRA asked the committee to submit any comments on United States Core Data for Interoperability + (USCDI+) by the end of July.
  • The CDC gave an update on the IIS-IIS Companion document.
  • The next meeting is August 10, 2022, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.

Tableau User Group (TUG)

  • TUG met on July 26.
  • TUG would like to welcome the New Jersey Department of Health and CureMD to the group! TUG has welcomed 18 new users to the group since the last meeting!
  • During the meeting, Erica Hunter and Sam Miller from the Virginia Department of Health presented “Virginia Student Immunization Survey Dashboard Presentation.” Tavio Pirrochi from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment presented “Colorado Student Immunization Survey Dashboard Demo.”
  • The next meeting is September 27, 2022, from noon to 1 p.m. ET.

 NOTE: Meeting minutes will capture only action items and decisions made. Recordings of the meetings can be obtained directly upon request by emailing [email protected].


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