Registration for MyVaxIndiana is controlled initially by a physician with access to CHIRP. A patient wanting to access his or her child's immunization record first visits the physician's office and requests a personal identification number and then goes online to the MyVaxIndiana website and enters a name, address, date of birth and personal identification number.
The patient or parent can then access a page listing basic demographic information, vaccine history and a recommended immunization schedule for the subject based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the review by Peter Banks, project officer for the State Health Information Exchange program at the ONC's official Health IT Buzz blog. Patients or parents can then print out a copy of the record, fax it, download the file as a PDF or send it to a personal health record using the Continuity of Care Document standard.
"Currently, few state immunization registries provide consumers access to their records," Banks said. "ONC is determined to grow this number with the introduction of the Individual Access to Immunization Registries Initiative.
"By leveraging the work being done in states like Indiana, ONC is continuing to work with state-level stakeholders to implement innovative technologies that will provide consumers with access to their immunization records," Banks said. "Engaging individuals in their health and healthcare by providing them with access to their personal health information is a key tenet of ONC's strategy for improving the quality and efficiency of the healthcare system."