MIIC FAQ for Health Professionals

Questions and answers about the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) immunization registry for health professionals. Updated 6/06

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Is there any cost for participating in MIIC?
Isn't sharing immunization data without consent in violation of HIPPA regulations?
Why should we participate when our immunization rates are already high?
How can we fit MIIC into our already stressed schedules?
We don’t have the technology for something like this

Is there any cost for participating in MIIC?

No, MIIC is provided as a public health service to prevent disease and is funded through federal, state, and local public funds. Your critical contribution is to provide your complete and accurate immunization data to MIIC in a timely way.

Isn’t sharing immunization data without consent in violation of HIPAA regulations?

No, HIPAA’s privacy regulation makes a very clear exemption for disclosing protected health information without consent for public health purposes. Since MIIC is a public health service operated by public health authorities, disclosing immunization data to MIIC is exempt from HIPAA regulations.

Why should we participate when our immunization rates are already high?

In addition to being a powerful tool for raising immunization rates, MIIC is a tremendous cost-saving tool. Having your data in MIIC means that schools and other immunization providers won’t be calling you for the dates of shots you’ve given. You will also have access to your data without costly manual chart pulls. Lastly, participating in MIIC is part of our shared public health responsibility to control vaccine-preventable diseases.

We don’t have time to do one extra thing beyond what we’re doing already. How can we fit MIIC into our already stressed schedules?

While it’s true that you will need to find the time to get your immunization data into MIIC, that time will be more than made up for on the “back end,” in the reduced need to respond to calls for immunization histories, and for HEDIS and other chart pulls. You will also save time in not having to make as many calls to other clinics for their immunization data. And MIIC can help improve the quality and continuity of care by making immunization histories available to you, no matter where your patients’ shots were given.

We don’t have the technology for something like this.

MIIC requires only a modest personal computer and internet access. There is no special software to buy or to maintain, only Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator (preferably the former), and Adobe Acrobat (which is already on most computers and can be downloaded for free).

Updated Tuesday, 23-Aug-2011 11:24:47 CDT