Standards & Best Practices

Overarching Goals

One of AIRA’s key strategies is to promote activities that advance and standardize IIS and immunization programs. A key mechanism for doing this is by convening groups of subject matter experts and/or stakeholders to assess and discuss a current practice or challenge that the IIS community faces. These groups can also be helpful in identifying gaps in specific technical or operational guidance that may need clarification or refinement. By bringing people together to find solutions, AIRA gives the IIS community a unified voice for standards and best practices development.

Standards & Best Practices Development Projects

A long-standing example of this process is the best practice guidance developed by the Modeling Immunization Registry Operations Workgroup (MIROW). This workgroup identifies and prioritizes functional areas of IIS that can benefit from a collective approach to developing best practice recommendations for these areas. This workgroup has been developing best practice recommendations since 2005.

A newer Functional Guide Advisory Workgroup, under the direction of the Standards and Interoperability Steering Committee (SISC), has developed guidance material on HL7 query response standards. This document will be released soon. Planning has already begun for the next document in this series that will focus on further exploring and documenting the metadata about each of the CDC Endorsed Data Elements. This document is planned for release in the fall of 2018.

There are also special projects that are not overseen by a steering committee or advisory workgroup. These are considered ad hoc projects that are developed to fulfill a need in the IIS community. These projects include guidance on the following topics: