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Online registry helps prevent unnecessary immunizations
e-Reports, December 27, 2010
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Indiana’s Children and Hoosiers Immunization Registry Program (CHIRP), a free Internet-based, statewide program, can help you and other health care providers track immunization records of children anytime, anyplace.

CHIRP can also help patients avoid costly duplications, such as occurred in Jeffersonville.

Pediatrician Jeb Teichman, M.D., explained one of his 11-year-old patients received school immunizations from a local pharmacy clinic – after the child had already been vaccinated in his office.

“The parents assumed that because they received a letter from the school, their child did not have the required immunizations,” explained Dr. Teichman. “Rather than checking with my staff, they took the child to a pharmacy clinic.”

By law, drug store clinics are not required to use CHIRP.

“We should all get into CHIRP. You have to know what immunizations the patient has had,” said Dr. Teichman. “The vaccine schedule is so complex these days and pharmacies are not current on the latest dosing requirements. This makes a good case for the medical home.”

Dr. Teichman’s practice will soon be implementing an electronic health records system and registering to use CHIRP.

Details about CHIRP

CHIRP maintains data on more than 4.5 million patients and 33 million vaccinations. Approxi-mately 4,100 users representing physician practices, community health centers, hospitals and public health departments already access and enter data into the system.

CHIRP’s features include:

  • Immediate access to immunization records of a patient previously seen elsewhere
  • Ability to track vaccine inventory by lot number
  • Accurate forecasting to prevent invalid or unneeded doses of vaccine
  • Display feature stating why a vaccine marked invalid does not meet ACIP guidelines
  • Reminder cards and letters to patients

Learn more about CHIRP and register on the CHIRP website.

Legislation expanding scope of practice

ISMA’s Government Relations Department has learned a bill may be introduced in the next legislative session allowing pharmacists to administer an expanded list of vaccinations – beyond flu shots and including immunizations for children.

The measure, supported by the Indiana State Department of Health, also would require pharmacies to utilize CHIRP and send vaccination information to a patient’s primary care physician.

Watch for details about this proposed bill in Legislative News.

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