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).

Background

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:

  • Alaska;
  • Arizona;
  • Louisiana;
  • 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;
  • Pediatricians;
  • 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).

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