What's New

 A Guide for When Things Go Wrong

AIRA and the Modeling of Immunization Registry Operations Workgroup (MIROW) Steering Committee are excited to announce that a new MIROW guide, Business Continuity Planning for Immunization Information System Programs, is now available. The guide and mini-guide are available in the AIRA repository.

Highlights of the Guide

• Overview of the key concepts related to business continuity
• A step-by-step process for developing a business continuity plan
• A discussion of implementation considerations
• A list of principles to guide the development and use of a business continuity plan
• Tools and examples to support the creation and use of a business continuity plan

Our hope is that this guide, mini-guide, and webinar will be useful in the development and implementation of business continuity plans.


AIRA 2019 Education Survey Summary Report

AIRA is excited to announce that the AIRA 2019 Education Survey Summary Report is now available. In early 2019, the AIRA Education Steering Committee assessed the educational needs of the IIS community. This report includes an analysis of the results, which will be used to guide the development of new resources and educational opportunities.

You told us:
• IIS strengths include strong provider relations and robust, integrated data
• Limited staff, data submission and use, and issues with providers (e.g., turnover) are top challenges for IIS
• The top priorities for IIS include data quality, data (e.g., exchange, entry, analysis), and working with providers
• There is widespread need for additional guidance for topics including data quality, technical capacity, data use, and data sharing
• The results of the survey demonstrate an interest in efficient and effective training. AIRA should prioritize disseminating information via live webinars, annual meetings, and self-paced online training

We want to thank those of you who responded to the survey. We heard from 131 respondents and responses were recorded from all member state and city immunization program jurisdictions, the District of Columbia, and six territories and islands.


Save the Date for the AIRA 2020 National Meeting! 

Join us at the AIRA 2020 National Meeting! The AIRA 2020 National Meeting will be held in Portland, Oregon on August 11-13, 2020. Together, we will continue to work toward our common goal of promoting the use of immunization information to ensure healthy communities through the development and implementation of immunization information systems (IIS).

Check out the National Meeting website to:
• Register for the event
• Reserve your hotel room
• Submit an award nomination
• Learn about sponsoring the meeting


Patient Status in Immunization Information Systems

AIRA is pleased to announce that Patient Status in Immunization Information Systems is now available.

The purpose of the guide is to bridge the gap between currently published guidance on patient status and its actual implementation by IIS.

This guide offers practical guidelines for providers, public health entities, and IIS to use in implementing and managing patient status. Challenges and recommendations related to IIS functionality, ease of use, implementation, and policy are described for both provider and geographic jurisdiction level issues.

A secondary purpose of the guide is to address the issue of denominator inflation experienced by many IIS.


AIRA 20th Anniversary Video

It has been a pleasure spending the last two decades working with all of our great partners in the IIS community. Looking forward to another 20 years with all of you!



Streamlined Agreement and Extended Funding Make No-Cost Address Cleansing & Geocoding Service Irresistible

There has never been a better time to sign up for SmartyStreets, the shared address cleansing and geocoding service that is available to AIRA members at no charge!

AIRA just updated its Partner Agreement to accommodate jurisdictions that have strict policies about indemnification and liability terms. The Partner Agreement is the first step in getting access to the service. If you’ve reviewed the agreement before and had to reject it, or if you have yet to read it, it’s time to check it out!

In addition, AIRA and the CDC have extended their funding of the service through 2024. That means the service will be available to IIS programs at no charge until at least that time; we hope to continue funding the service after that, based on the value and economies of scale it offers the whole IIS community. Invest your resources in setting it up now — and your payoff will continue for years to come!

Along with geocoding, SmartyStreets offers address standardization and validation through manual batch processing, automated batch processing, an HL7 real-time solution, and/or a user interface API. The service became available to all AIRA member IIS programs as of June 1, 2017.

Are you interested in learning more from IIS who are using the service?Attend one of our User Group meetings! You don’t have to be enrolled to participate in the calls. The Address Cleansing User Group meets every other month on the second Wednesday.

Please contact Maureen Neary with all your questions about the SmartyStreets service and to join the User Group.