March 9, 2021
Interoperability has become a critical part of providing the best patient care possible, as has access to robust data and information regarding a patient’s history, past treatments, other similar cases, and more.
EHRs are evolving to include and leverage data like this, providing healthcare professionals with more actionable insights that elevate care.
Now, with COVID-19 immunization efforts underway around the globe to fight back against the coronavirus-driven pandemic, offering immunization information in EHR solutions will provide measurable benefits now and into the future of medicine and care.
Forty-nine states have developed some form of immunization information system, or IIS, that can be integrated with EHRs, with the final state in the process of doing the same.
These systems are designed to provide caregivers, during every encounter with a particular patient, with that individual’s immunization status.
This is especially critical in the face of certain vaccines that take multiple doses to deliver their full protection.
The benefits of such a clear, accessible look into a patient’s vaccination history are numerous.
Having that information at their fingertips can allow providers to properly assess patients and their risks, both on an individual level and in allowing them to come into contact with others.
On a wider scale, the benefits are even greater.
Tracking of vaccination data can lead to more equitable distribution of available vaccines to those at higher risk, better forecasting and planning, elevated insight into series completion, and documentation that can better prepare us for similar scenarios that may occur in the future.
So, integrating ISS functionality into EHR solutions sounds like a net positive, and it is – but how can its benefits be maximized?
First, staff and physicians should work to become comfortable with their regions ISS interface and to integrate it with their normal EHR workflow to minimize disruptions. There should also be concerted efforts by practices without access to ISS solutions to lobby local and state health departments for that access.
Further, collaboration between different stakeholders in the healthcare industry can both spread awareness and help elevate the use of ISS functionality and EHRs for everyone, and working alongside IT professionals to attempt to bring real-time functionality to every EHR and ISS system will bring even greater ease of use.
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