The goal of the MIIS is to give health care providers and families a tool to help ensure that all individuals are immunized based on the latest recommendations. The MIIS is the product of a skilled team of technical and public health experts who have spent the past three years building and testing the system. The team has designed the MIIS to serve the needs of electronic health record (EHR) users through electronic data exchange, and can also support the needs of non-EHR users through direct data entry. The primary benefits of the MIIS are:
- Shared immunization records. Records will be available across multiple sites and locations to help identify under-immunized children and pockets of unmet need;
- Better decision making. Practices, schools, and electronic health record (EHR) systems will be able to increase on-time delivery and reduce inappropriate immunization by using advanced immunization forecasting decision support;
- Reduced waste and increased efficiency. Vaccine administration will be monitored and assessed on an ongoing basis to optimize distribution and use;
- Enhanced disease control. The MIIS will be integrated with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health infectious disease monitoring systems to allow the linkage of disease surveillance with the immunizations designed to prevent them;
- Improved disaster preparedness by providing an essential infrastructure for responding to natural disasters, bioterrorism events, influenza pandemics and other emergencies.
MIIS and Birth Hospitals
Beginning January 1, 2012, information about immunizations given at birth will automatically be sent to the MIIS from the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics (RVRS). Providers and institutions have a legal responsibility to inform parents/guardians about the MIIS. Please review the official notification sent to Birth Hospitals about their duty to inform expecting parents about the MIIS.
MIIS Clinical Integration Tools
- Integrating the MIIS Into Your Clinical Practice file size 7MB
- MIIS Fact Sheet for Parents and Patients
- Chinese - 向家长和病人提供的情况说明
- Haitian Creole - Fèy Enfòmasyon pou Paran ak Pasyan yo
- Portuguese - Boletim Informativo para Pais e Pacientes
- Russian - Факты для сведения родителей и пациентов
- Spanish - Hoja de Datos Para Padres y Pacientes
- Vietnamese - Bản Thông Tin cho Cha Mẹ và Bệnh Nhân file size 1MB
- MIIS Objection (or Withdrawal of Objection) Form
- MIIS Poster
- MIIS Poster in English and Spanish
- Sample MIIS Language for Patient Encounters
- Template for Provider Letter or E-mail to Patients
Electronic Data Exchange
The DPH IT team is hosting a weekly webinar to address any technical questions providers or vendors may have about the content or structure of HL7 messages. The webinar is open to any participant and does not require registration. For details please contact the MIIS Helpdesk.
- Meaningful Use and Public Health Objectives
- MIIS HL7 Transfer Specifications file size 1MB file size 1MB
- MIIS Flat File Transfer Specifications
- Information on Meaningful Use and Medicaid/Medicare Incentives
- Regional Extension Center (REC) for Massachusetts
- CDC HL7 Implementation Guide
- The Massachusetts Health Information Highway (The HIway)
For more information please contact the MIIS Help Desk:
This information is provided by within the Department of Public Health.