ONC, CDC Piloting Web-Based Portal for Immunization Record Access
September 2, 2014 in News
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and CDC are overseeing a pilot project in five states that uses Blue Button technology to improve parents’ access to their children’s immunization records, Clinical Innovation Technology reports (Pedulli, Clinical Innovation Technology, 8/26).
In 2010, the Department of Veterans Affairs launched a Blue Button tool to help veterans access and exchange their personal health data in a standard, consistent manner. Since then, other private and federal agencies have implemented the tool (iHealthBeat, 1/16).
Details of Pilot Project
According to a “Health IT Buzz” blog post, ONC and CDC in October 2013 launched the pilot with five states:
- Washington state; and
- West Virginia.
The project links a “secure and convenient” Web portal with immunization data that can be accessed by providers and parents or guardians (Myrie, “Health IT Buzz,” 8/26). To participate in the project, providers and states agreed to develop methods of encouraging patients to sign-up to access the portal (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 8/27).
Project participants include:
- Federally qualified health centers;
- Mobile immunization clinics;
- Tribal health centers; and
- Other private and public practices.
The pilot projects are scheduled to continue through April 2016 (Bresnick, EHR Intelligence, 8/29).
ONC public health analyst Simone Myrie said that the Web portals would reduce the need for children and their parents to schedule office visits each time they need a copy of their immunization records. In addition, he said the portals’ “decision support tools” enable providers and parents to receive reminders when children are due for immunizations (Clinical Innovation Technology, 8/26).