Immunization Program

General Information
Program/Project Name: Immunization Program

Funding Category: Serving the Most Vulnerable

Program Description
Federal Grant Name: Enhancing the Interoperability of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Immunization Information Systems (IIS)

Programs Supported Through Funding: Grant will allow time-limited projects to be conducted to demonstrate how innovative approaches can successfully and measurably enhance the interoperability of electronic immunization data exchange between EHR systems and Immunization Information systems (IIS). The grant will enhance the accuracy, timeliness, and completeness of the date in the KIDS Registry, which is the City’s comprehensive Immunization Information tracking system.

Why Apply for this Grant?
Program Objectives: Establish inter-connectivity for real-time transmission of immunization data into the KIDS Registry using HL7 messaging from EHRs of six large, high-volume immunization provider practice sites in Philadelphia. Use of Funds: Conduct pre- and post-interoperability enhancement benchmarking of all measurable outcomes included in the RFP.

Grant status: Awarded–$912,733

Grant Achievements for this Quarter: The Philadelphia Health Department has implemented the beta (test) version of its new immunization information system (IIS) to house citywide immunization data. This new IIS solution can receive HL7 formatted messages which is an important component in progressing toward interoperability with healthcare provider EHRs in Philadelphia. Discussions with Philadelphia healthcare providers to implement immunization data reporting through EHR connectivity are progressing with the information technology departments of five major health systems in Philadelphia. Data elements and format requirements are being defined to create custom HL7 transfers. The Health Department has developed a Request For Proposals (RFP) to obtain technical support for HL7 data transfers. Actions to review, validate, and correct the quality of immunization records in the IIS are underway, in anticipation of migrating historical data to the new application. Project staff and management continue to participate in monthly and ad-hoc conference calls with the CDC to review grant-related activities.

Actual # of FTE jobs created for the quarter*:

Q8: 3.03

Q9: 4.72

Q10: 7.03

*In the City of Philadelphia’s quarterly federal report, also know as Section 1512 reports, jobs are calculated based on hours worked, instead of the number of people at work. It also looks only at jobs funded directly by the Recovery Act, and does not include jobs created indirectly. Direct jobs are counted quarterly and are not cumulative.

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