Benefits to Providers
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Authorized users can access ImmuNet by enrolling here.
Once DHMH receives the enrollment, you will be contacted with your login information. In the meantime, please refer to the user guides and training videos below to learn how to use ImmuNet.
Submitting and Exchanging Data
Efforts to achieve electronic data exchange will benefit providers for both public health and Meaningful Use (MU) or the MIPS Advancing Care Information (ACI) requirements. If you are not already sending vaccination data to ImmuNet electronically and would like to start, you can visit the DHMH Public Health Reporting webpage to view the steps for data exchange. You can find the standard specifications (HL7 v2.5.1) for sending electronic data, as well as options on how to send the data (SOAP web services or SFTP).
Step 1 (Registration) is only required if you participate in the EHR Incentive or MIPS Program. Multiple locations sharing the same Electronic Health Records (EHR) system can register and onboard together as a group effort. If you have registered in the past and are ready to begin testing, email email@example.com.
Providers not participating in the EHR Incentive or MIPS Program can send data in other formats (HL7 v2.3.1/2.4, HL7 v2.5.1, or flat file) if your EHR does not support the required MU format. See our FAQs or contact the Help Desk with any questions.
ImmuNet also supports bidirectional data exchange through the Maryland State Health Information Exchange partner, CRISP. Instructions for onboarding with CRISP can be found here.
Note: As of 01/01/2018, the Maryland Department of Health IIS (ImmuNet) conforms to the CDC HL7 2.5.1 Implementation Guide for Immunization Messaging, Release 1.5 and Addendum, including supporting Query/Response, acknowledgment messaging, and the receipt of National Drug Codes (NDC) for newly-administered immunizations.
Maryland Vaccines for Children (VFC) Provider Requirements in 2017
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Looking for Immunization Records?
Providers who do not have access to ImmuNet can request a patient's immunization record by filling out the following information HERE.
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Additional InformationWhat is an Immunization Information System?
An immunization information system (IIS) is a confidential and secure computer database designed to collect and maintain vaccination records of children and adults. Utilization of the IIS promotes cost-effective and efficient disease prevention, which leads to better health for Maryland's citizens.
Immunization registries have proved successful in meeting social and fiscal goals. An IIS can identify pockets of at-risk children and target resources in these areas to protect at-risk children. Moreover, registries continue to prove their cost-effectiveness. For example, the cost of manually retrieving data for school forms without a registry is $14.50 compared to just $3.91 to maintain a child in an immunization registry.
In 1994, Baltimore city implemented a city-wide registry. Their success has increased the health of Baltimore city's children. The Baltimore Immunization Registry Program (BIRP) helped to increase their 4:3:1 (a measure of childhood vaccine completeness) completion rate from 75% in 1994 to 80% in 2002.
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