Indiana has launched a website -- called MyVaxIndiana -- that allows patients and parents to access immunization records from a state registry, Health Data Management reports (Goedert, Health Data Management, 8/14).
The site is an extension of the Indiana State Department of Health's existing immunization information system for health care professionals, called the Children and Hoosiers Immunization Registry Program, or CHIRP.
Physicians with access to CHIRP control patient registration for the MyVaxIndiana site. Patients interested in registering first must request a personal identification number from their physician, and then they can go online to sign up for the program.
Peter Banks -- project officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's State Health Information Exchange program -- described the initiative in a recent "Health IT Buzz" blog post. Banks wrote that individuals who register for the MyVaxIndiana site can view certain data on themselves or their children, including:
- Basic demographic information;
- Immunization history; and
- A recommended schedule for future immunizations.
The information can be faxed, printed, downloaded or sent to a personal health record, according to Modern Healthcare (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 8/13).