Last week SSG was proud to sponsor and attend the 2016 American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) Conference in Seattle, WA. Each year, AIRA facilitates a meeting to discuss new ideas and brainstorm solutions to problems that continue to impact vaccine preventable diseases. This community of innovators and immunization specialists met over the course of three days to discuss opportunities where technology can improve public health in the United States.
This year’s conference was titled “Cultivating Community, Establishing Standards, and Supporting Implementation.” Immunization topics discussed included research initiatives, collaboration between providers and patients, and how vaccine standards can be achieved. AIRA and the Association of Immunization Information Systems (IIS) are responsible for maintaining confidential databases pertaining to immunizations throughout specific regions of the county. While it is no easy task preventing disease, this conference gave the IIS community the ability to collaborate on a national level.
“This was a wonderful opportunity to come together to discuss the current and future state of immunization registries,” said Greg Wong, one of our Senior Project Managers. “We enjoyed the opportunity to meet with our counterparts at other registries and collectively troubleshoot through the obstacles we face. This was a great reminder that what we do has a real and measurable impact on people’s lives.”
Another of our Senior Project Managers, Neal Brenner had the pleasure of presenting on SSG’s work with the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS). Created in response to the 2010 legislation that mandated that all healthcare providers report administered immunizations to the Commonwealth, the system was designed and built by SSG to meet the growing programmatic needs of Massachusetts. MIIS has continued to evolve, and is now running on an open-source based platform hosted within a cloud-based environment.
Neal’s presentation focused on a novel design approach to improve system performance. This feature simplifies and enhances patient’s and health care provider’s ability to run on-demand reports, in turn allowing system users to better analyze immunization data. These continued system improvements make sure that the public is healthier and safer, one vaccine at a time. Since going live in 2010, the MIIS system has tracked information for over four million patients, and has recorded over thirty-three million immunizations, in turn giving more insight than ever into the vaccine administration and compliance measures in Massachusetts.