HEALTHeLINK, a Western New York clinical information exchange, recently launched an automated immunization reporting web service for its participating providers. Elmwood Health Center became the first practice to submit immunization data to the state Immunization Information System through this automated method.
Health care providers are required to report all immunizations given to those under 19 years old, along with the person’s immunization history, to the state. Providers or their designees currently must sign on to a separate system and manually enter individual immunizations or upload a file to the application.
With the new web service, immunizations that are documented by clinicians in the patient’s electronic medical record are securely transported to the state without the clinician needing to leave his or her electronic health record workflow.
“Immunization history is an essential component to pediatric care and this groundbreaking service helps ensure that this key information is available when and where needed,” said Barbara Johnson, director of clinical services at Elmwood Health Center.