"The form is easy to use ...it saves time and simplifies the charting of immunizations in the EHR and state registry."
-Angela Powell, M.D.
Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) June 07, 2013
Each year, immunizations save hundreds of thousands of lives, millions of dollars, and keep entire populations free of the devastating effects of vaccine-preventable disease. But knowing which vaccinations each person needs and which ones they do not is critical information that is too often unavailable to physicians and healthcare workers.
Expansion of immunization services to pharmacies, grocery chains and “Big Box” retailers further complicates this challenge because patient medical records are not routinely updated with immunizations received at such locations.
State immunization information systems solve part of this challenge by storing vaccination records from multiple sources. However, healthcare providers rely on their own Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems for patient data and records in EMRs are not always up-to-date. The solution — a real time data exchange between EMR and state immunization information systems, including bi-directional exchange of immunization histories, the most current immunization schedules and automated forecasts of needed immunizations — had been unavailable, until now.
Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC) announces that ImmsLink 3.4©, a bidirectional secure HL7-compliant application offering immunization record exchange and harmonization, has earned 2014 Edition Meaningful Use modular certification from the federal HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). This signifies that ImmsLink© meets the full set of standards and certification criteria for Meaningful Use Stage 2 established by ONC for data transmission to public health immunization systems.
ImmsLink 3.4© functions as an easy one-step that allows providers at the point of care to connect to a state immunization information system, access updated patient immunization histories from all sources, receive and compare these records to the data in their EMRs, and within seconds automatically view vaccines for which a patient is due or past due. Immunization information is accurate and providers are assured that the exchange process meets federal Meaningful Use criteria because ImmsLink© 3.4 is certified according to ONC standards.
Integration of ImmsLink© within the provider’s EMR fulfills requirements for receiving Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services incentive payments for Meaningful Use Stage 2. One of the key requirements is the ongoing, routine submission of immunization data using electronically generated HL7 messages. ImmsLink© integrates directly with the provider’s EMR to meet this requirement, helping ease the transition to the more stringent Stage 2 criteria.
“The ImmsLinke© product has allowed our practice to reconcile immunizations from the state registry with our EHR,” says Angela Powell, M.D., who is a physician at the Primary Care Center of Monroeville, Alabama and a provider that uses ImmsLink 3.4©. “The form is easy to use, can be customized to your practice, and allows for complete documentation of the required component for the state registry. Once the process was learned by our staff, it saves time and simplifies the charting of immunizations in the EHR and state registry.”
As a trusted national leader in public health information data exchange and technology implementation, STC has brought to the clinical community the ability to simplify and empower providers with access to capabilities heretofore unavailable. The data harmonized through ImmsLink© supports more timely and accurate healthcare decisions, provides a complete picture of patient immunization status, and prevents over- and under-vaccination. ImmsLink 3.4© represents a valuable, simplified process to ensure that providers meet federal Meaningful Use public health reporting requirements.
Janet Balog, Senior Public Health Advisor and Director of STC’s Interoperability Center of Excellence, says that ImmsLink© will not only benefit public health professionals, but patients as well. “Only vaccination decision making tools like ImmsLink©, that are designed with a deep understanding of the provider’s workflow and are underpinned by sound public health knowledge of the recommended immunization schedule, will significantly improve immunization coverage rates in patients of all ages.”
STC’s ImmsLink 3.4 successfully met the following 2014 Edition criteria for the Ambulatory Setting: 170.314(f)(2) Transmission to immunization registries and 170.314(g)(4) Quality management system. ImmsLink is a modular add-on for GE Centricity. ImmsLink was certified on May 29, 2013 with a certification number of IG-3027-13-0016. The EHR Certified Products List on the Infogard website is at the following link: http://www.infogard.com/healthcare_it/ehr_testing_and_certification/ehr_certified_products. All Meaningful Use features are included in ImmsLink at no additional cost.
STC’s goal is to ensure healthy populations through partnership, expertise, and applied use of information technology. In the early 1990s, STC was one of the first adopters of the value of immunization registries and the data that could be used for decision support to augment clinical practice, targeting the reduction and impact of vaccine preventable disease on children. With the support of physicians, organizations, and policy and vaccine experts, STC’s public health and software professionals became the trusted authority that led many of the early efforts and best practices to implement statewide registries. The efforts continue today as over 250 million vaccine encounters are retained in the immunization registries of STC and their state public health partners. Increasing the value of these national health data assets is a primary goal of STC through the next decade. http://www.stchome.com