Using Client Follow-Up
The Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) Client Follow-Up tool identifies patients who are due or overdue for immunizations and uses a process called reminder/recall to follow-up with those individuals. This tool can be used with the Childhood or Adolescent Immunization Summary Reports to plan and carry out targeted immunization improvement activities. Reminder/recall can greatly improve a clinic’s immunization rates. Updated 12/13
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Following up with clients who are due or overdue for immunizations can help ensure that more of your clients are up-to-date with their immunizations. This is essential for preventing vaccine-preventable disease.
When can Client Follow-Up be used?
- Health care providers can improve immunization coverage rates for their patient populations by doing outreach for patients who are due and/or overdue for vaccination.
- Many health plans and professional organizations now ask for improvement plans from clinics in various areas of health care. Health care providers can use the Client Follow-Up feature to complete reminder/recall activities for these improvement plans.
- Local public health agencies can conduct population-based reminder/recall.
- In the event of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak, health care providers and local public health agencies can identify and follow-up with clients who are unvaccinated.
- Child care facilities or schools can identify children due or overdue for immunizations using a list of their current enrollment, eliminating the need to search MIIC one record at a time.
The first step to take before using the Client Follow-Up tool is to identify a group of patients to follow. This can be based on the patients already associated with a particular clinic or organization in MIIC. A list of patients can also be submitted through the List feature in MIIC. The list can be customized based on:
- Vaccine status (due or overdue)
- Vaccine(s) of interest
Client Follow-Up will produce a list of clients in need of vaccination based on the criteria selected. The list can be further customized by selecting which clients to keep and which clients to remove.
Then, follow-up outputs can be selected to fit the type of follow-up to be conducted.
MIIC’s Client Follow-Up produces the following outputs to facilitate reminder/recall notices:
- Client Report: This is a list of clients who are due or overdue for recommended immunizations. The list can be printed and used as a tracking sheet to record your quality improvement activities.
- Mailing Labels: This creates a PDF that can be used to print mailing labels for reminder mailings.
- Mail Merge: This provides client-specific data in a comma-separated values (CSV) file that can be used to generate customized letters or could be used with an auto-dialer system.
- XML Output:This output would be useful for clinic IT staff if they wanted to use the XML code in a separate program to automatically generate letters and addresses. Also, some electronic medical record systems are able to use the XML extract to update records. More information on this output is in the Client Follow-Up User Guidance.
- Contact List: This Excel spreadsheet with client information makes it easy to search for and sort a large list of clients.
Health care providers can use the Client Follow-Up feature to find patients in their practice who are missing immunizations and get them back into the office. The Childhood and Adolescent Assessment Reports can help health care providers identify which vaccines are needed by their patients and focus their efforts on those vaccines. Having solid quality improvement plans and activities in place can help health care providers receive more meaningful use dollars and have better outcome data to report to public sources such as HEDIS and Minnesota Community Measures. Most of all, improving immunization rates ensures that health care providers are constantly maintaining and improving the health of their patients.
A sample Client Report output is shown below (client data is fictitious).