Testing & Discovery

Testing & Discovery, the initial stage in the Measurement and Improvement (M&I) Initiative, serves to gather preliminary and general information on community alignment with Immunization Information System (IIS) Functional Standards

Testing & Discovery has been underway since mid-2015 and was designed with the following key outcomes in mind, while acknowledging flexibility within the standard to accommodate local legal and policy requirements that can add additional requirements and contrasts between IIS:

  • Provides a mechanism for IIS programs to better understand how their system operates in the context of community-wide standards.
  • Highlights potential gaps in current standards that the Standards & Interoperability Steering Committee (SISC) can further explore and address
  • Identifies specific test cases and procedures that would be appropriate for the IIS community.

In addition, the Testing & Discovery process has several major benefits for the community:

  • IIS programs immediately receive feedback on their systems from an independent, third-party perspective.
  • The IIS can give feedback (both positive and constructive) about the testing process, which AIRA can review and incorporate into its ongoing improvement efforts.
  • Aggregate performance data among participating IIS helps MACAW determine potential areas that need further discussion to establish or refine common standards.

The Aggregate Analysis Reporting Tool (AART) is used to compile and display measures and test results for all stages of the M&I initiative. There are six content areas currently available for Testing & Discovery:

  1. Transport
  2. Submission/Acknowledgment
  3. Query/Response
  4. Data Quality Incoming/Ongoing
  5. Clinical Decision Support (CDS)
  6. Data at Rest (DAR)
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Updated: 2/6/23