Benefits of the MIIS
The MIIS is the product of a skilled team of technical and public health experts who have spent over a decade 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.