Immunization Registry

The Vermont Department of Health, in partnership with VITL, developed HL7 interface connectivity with the Vermont Immunization Registry and has been live since 2/14/13. The submission of immunization data using HL7 to the Vermont Immunization Registry must be provided via the Vermont Health Information Exchange. This interface will enable physician practices and hospitals to submit data to the Vermont Immunization Registry directly from your electronic health record system via the interface.

The benefits of submitting data to the Vermont Immunization Registry via an interface include:

  • Reduced data entry
  • Improved data accuracy
  • Faster data delivery
  • Fulfill data reporting requirements
  • Improved patient care

For information about Public Health Meaningful Use requirements in Vermont, please refer to: http://healthvermont.gov/hc/meaningful_use.aspxPlease take special note of the deadline for your intent to submit data for stage 2.

 

Current immunization project status (last updated 3/24/14):

Important notes:

Requirements: The immunization interface project requires that you have the following:

  • An EHR capable of connecting with VITL and transmitting messages
    • The appropriate version of your vendor’s EHR Product that supports immunization; you must have or upgrade to the version of your EHR that supports an immunization interface with VITL before starting an interface project.
  • Minimum HL7 version - Immunization (VXU) interface v. 2.5.1
  • A VITL Services and Participation Agreement (VHIE SA Agreement)

 

See your vendor's status below. If you would like to request an interface or have questions about your vendor's status, please submit a request at www.myvitl.net.

 

Readiness by vendor:

Allscripts: If you are an Allscripts customer, you must upgrade to the version of Allscripts Enterprise or Professional that supports a connection to the Allscripts immunization hub in order to be eligible to start this project. If you are not sure if you are on the right version, you should talk to your vendor.VITL is currently working with Allscripts on connectivity between the hub and Medicity (dates are TBD as some development is required by Medicity and/or Allscripts).

  • Allscripts Touchworks - Version 11.2 or greater supports an immunization hub connection
  • Allscripts Professional - Version 9.3 or greater supports an immunization hub connection
  • Allscripts MyWay- VITL has been notified that this product will not support the connection of an immunization interface.

 

Athenahealth: Athenahealth has a successful connection with VITL and is capable of connecting additional sites. You must have the AthenaClinical product to have an immunization connection.

Cerner: Cerner and VITL have begun immunization project work for some hospital and practice sites. Additional sites will be considered once those sites are live.

CPSI: CPSI and VITL have begun immunization project work for some sites. Additional sites will be considered once those sites are live.

eClinicalWorks: eClinicalWorks and VITL have begun immunization work for a pilot practice. Additional practices will be considered by VITL once that pilot site is live. eClinicalWorks is using an immunization hub model.

eMDs: eMDs has a successful connection with VITL and is capable of connecting additional sites. You must have e-MDs Solution Series Version - 7.2.1 SP1 or greater.

GE Centricity: GE and VITL have begun immunization project work for a practice. Additional sites will be considered once this site is live.

Greenway: Greenway has a successful connection with VITL and is capable of connecting additional sites. Minimum version - 2011

Medent: Medent has a successful connection with VITL and is capable of connecting additional sites. Minimum Version - 20

Physician’s Computer Company (PCC): PCC has a successful connection with VITL and is capable of connecting additional sites. Minimum Version - 6.18

McKesson Practice Partner: Initial analysis work has begun. Practices will be considered once the vendor is ready.

Not listed: VITL has not yet engaged with your vendor or your vendor does not yet support HL7 messaging for immunizations. Please refer your vendor to the technical specifications links below. If you believe there is a discrepancy listed on your vendors readiness/capabilities please notify us - MyVITL.

 

Practice incentives:

No new incentives are available at this time. The cost of EHR interfaces can be reimbursed with pre-approval by VITL.

 

Other:

  • Technical specifications: Please refer to our specifications site for all currently available VITL interface specifications.
  • Historical immunizations: Historical immunizations can be accepted as long as your vendor can send them. Vendor capabilities for loading historical immunizations and logistics of switching over from a monthly batch file will be discussed with your vendor when VITL initiates an immunization project with your site.
  • Loading data from the Registry into your EHR: The Immunization Registry can provide batch files for one time historical loads into your EHR. This info generally only includes immunizations performed at your practice. We expect to be able to support this in an automated fashion in the future (AKA "bi-directional"), but no timelines have been committed yet.

 

Immunization Resources: