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AIRA 2019 National Meeting

We are excited to share with you the full meeting program for the AIRA 2019 National Meeting!

Join us as AIRA celebrates its 20th anniversary of supporting and promoting the use of immunization information to ensure healthy communities through the development and implementation of immunization information systems (IIS).

The 2019 agenda includes a lively mix of presentations and interactive breakout sessions on a variety of timely IIS topics, including outbreak response and more. This year’s meeting will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 13-15, 2019. Visit the National Meeting website to register, book your hotel room and learn more about #AIRA2019.


Comments Due June 17 on TEFCA Draft 2, AIRA Final Comments Available

AIRA has completed gathering comments from across the membership for the second draft of TEFCA (Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement), released on April 19 from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). The TEFCA draft can be found here, while a User’s Guide for Understanding TEFCA can be found here. You can also view the AIRA TEFCA draft 2 webinar and slides here.

Comments on TEFCA are due to ONC on June 17, and AIRA has collected comments from the community in PDF and MS Word form. We hope you will draw from these comments in submitting comments from your own jurisdictions. All comments can be submitted on the ONC TEFCA webpage here.

Also, because there is some overlap with the previous Notices of Proposed Rule Making comments AIRA submitted, those comments for the ONC NPRM and CMS NPRM are available as well.

Please contact Mary Beth Kurilo with questions, and thank you for your continued contributions to our community’s comments on these important documents!


Clinical Decision Support Reports in AART

Clinical Decision Support (CDS) reports are now available for AART users. These reports will help demonstrate how consistently each IIS, and our community as a whole, are implementing ACIP recommendations. Log in to AART to view initial results.  Want to drill down and see results by individual CDSi test case? Use the new Interactive CDS Results Explorer link.  This link can be found under the “Background” section on your CDS Assessment Reports.

More details on the approved CDS Assessment measures can be found here

Contact AIRA technical staff at [email protected] for questions or help interpreting your results.

Also, don’t forget to register for a 30-minute AART clinic at the 2019 AIRA National Meeting. Click here to register.


All About IIS: AIRA IIS One-Sheets

AIRA has developed a series of one-sheet resources to communicate the role and value of immunization information systems (IIS) for use by the IIS community. The resources include fact sheets and infographics that provide information on the key features of IIS, how an IIS makes the community stronger, and more. The five one-sheets as well as an explanatory document are available in the AIRA repository.

Titles of the resources are:

  • IIS 101: The Basics
  • EHR and IIS (Infographic)
  • How IIS Support a Patient's Journey (Infographic)
  • Value of IIS (Infographic)
  • Why a National IIS Doesn't Exist
  • AIRA 101: The Basics
  • 4 Ways AIRA Supports the IIS Community

Will more one-sheets be released?
We currently have more one-sheets in the pipeline. If there’s a burning topic that isn’t covered by these resources, let us know! You can email suggested topics to [email protected].


Introducing the IIS Functional Guide, Vol. 2: CDC Endorsed Data Elements

AIRA is proud to introduce the newest document in the IIS Functional Guide Series - the IIS Functional Guide, Vol. 2: CDC Endorsed Data Elements. This document focuses on clarifying definitions and attributes of a select set of CDC endorsed data elements.

A workgroup of subject matter experts convened to review the IIS Functional Standards v4.0 and CDC Endorsed Data Elements and identify those data elements most in need of clarification. This subset of data elements is presented in the guide with expanded information to clarify definitions, describe areas of challenge experienced by IIS and EHRs, and document expectations for data submitters and receivers.

The goal of this guide is to bridge gaps in documentation and address some of the interoperability challenges facing the IIS community today.


SnapShots: March 2019

We’re happy to announce the March edition of SnapShots is available. This edition features an encouraging update from Philadelphia and Delaware about how they’ve been able to successfully exchange immunization information, an exciting reminder/recall project in Georgia that has helped increase HPV rates, important updates from CDC on IQIP and the Community of Practice for improving provider IIS participation, and more. We hope you enjoy reading these success stories from across the IIS community.

SnapShots is AIRA’s quarterly newsletter that highlights the progress, best practices, and accomplishments of IIS. We accept articles on a rolling basis and would love to hear from you! Please email SnapShots Editor Katie Reed with any articles or ideas for future articles.