AIRA National Conference to Showcase STC & Partner’s Advancements

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Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC) and partner Washington State will be presenting recent achievements in immunization information systems at the inaugural American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) 2012 Conference.

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Approximately 200 local, state, federal and non-governmental organization Immunization Information Systems (IIS) professionals will learn about the latest accomplishments of Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC) and their partners at the first national conference of the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA). The two-day conference will be held on September 19 – 20, 2012, in St. Paul, Minnesota. STC is a Business-Sponsor member and also a gold sponsor of AIRA’s inaugural conference.

STC Lead Epidemiologist Jennifer Simpson, PhD, will present the results of work sponsored by the Arizona State Immunization Information System (ASIIS). Dr. Simpson’s presentation, "Uptake of Meningococcal Vaccine in Arizona School Children after Implementation of Immunization Requirements at School Entry," describes significant increases in Meningococcal vaccine uptake based on an analysis conducted by STC. The approach to this evaluation represented a reproducible model for assessing a wide variety of policy and immunization registry impacts on vaccine uptake and outcomes.

From STC’s partner Washington State, three professionals from their health department’s Office of Immunization will offer presentations on recent milestones and successes with the Washington State Immunization Information System (WAIIS). Jan Hicks-Thomson will present "Online Provider Agreements Decrease Costs and Increase Efficiency for the Washington State Childhood Vaccine Program," discussing their experience with enabling healthcare providers to register as IIS users via a new online module. Michele Roberts will offer "Email for Health Promotion: Exploration and Planning in Washington State," describing an innovative and cost-saving approach to disseminate age-appropriate anticipatory child health guidance to Washington residents via a newly created IIS-based e-mail system. Margo Harris’ session will focus on their experience with electronic data exchange with Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems and will discuss the quality and quantity of the immunization data they currently provide and what they could provide in the future.

STC’s Senior Public Health Advisor and Consumer Health Lead, Erich Daub, will be presenting the results of STC’s prototype system allowing consumers direct access to their official immunization records. The system,™, leverages a national website to provide consumers, providers, and state personnel a set of tools to manage records access without consumers having to directly access a state system, and without separately maintaining immunization registry data. A robust provider-based consumer authentication mechanism is a featured element of this solution. Mr. Daub’s presentation, "Options for Consumer Access to Immunization Records: Approaching Meaningful Use and Personalized Population Health," will include a discussion of the stakeholder-focused process by which STC developed the™ application.

Preceding the AIRA conference, the Office of the National Coordinator for health Information Technology (ONC), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will host an invitational meeting for state IIS programs interested in pursuing efforts to provide consumers electronic access to copies of their immunization records. ONC has invited STC’s Erich Daub to be a Subject Matter Expert at that event.

Following the AIRA conference, AIRA has invited STC’s Brandy Altstadter, Client Support Manager and Senior Technical Architect, to participate in an invitational meeting on increasing the capacity for vaccine accountability within state IIS programs.

STC has been a longstanding member and sponsor of AIRA, with active participation in many committees and workgroups. STC is the nation’s most experienced and established public health informatics and professional services firm, specializing in outcomes-oriented, population-based information systems and advisory services to support the entire spectrum of federal, state and local public health programs.

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