MIIC and Pharmacies
The Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) can make it easy for pharmacies to ensure their patients are up-to-date on their immunizations and that patient immunization records are complete and accurate. Minnesota law also requires pharmacists to report immunizations to the patient’s primary care provider or clinic. Using MIIC is an acceptable and efficient way to fulfill this requirement. Pharmacies administering immunizations are encouraged to enroll and participate in MIIC.
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What is MIIC?
The Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) is a confidential, computerized system that collects immunization records for Minnesota residents across the lifespan. MIIC combines immunizations a patient has received into a single record, even if the shots were given by different health care providers in the state. This helps ensure correct and timely vaccinations.
MIIC is available at no cost to authorized users, such as health care providers, hospitals, public health agencies, pharmacies, schools, and child care providers. Nearly all primary care providers in the state participate in and rely on MIIC for the most complete and accurate immunization records.
How would a pharmacy use MIIC?
MIIC is an easy tool that can be used in current pharmacy practice to better coordinate patient immunization care.
Pharmacies can use MIIC to:
- View patient immunization histories.
- Review recommended vaccines based on a patient’s exact age and immunization history.
- Print an official copy of a patient’s immunization history.
- Submit or enter immunization information.
How can pharmacies enter immunizations into MIIC?
By entering immunization data into MIIC, pharmacies help ensure that patients’ records are more complete. There are two primary methods for entering data into MIIC, including:
- Direct data entry while logged into the MIIC application.
- Electronic transfer of data from a practice management system or electronic health record to MIIC.
Electronic data transfer eliminates the need for double-data entry and can be done using a flat or HL7 file.
What about privacy?
Protecting the privacy of individuals is important. MIIC is password-protected, confidential, and can only be accessed by authorized users listed in the Minnesota immunization law.
Pharmacies that participate in MIIC must sign a user agreement that details the allowable uses and they must ensure that the pharmacy will maintain the client’s privacy. Additionally, parents or individuals can choose to opt out of MIIC if they wish.
For more information on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and immunization reporting to MIIC see MIIC's HIPAA page.
How do I find out more about participating in MIIC?
Enrolling in MIIC is easy and free for pharmacies. The first step in getting started with MIIC is to contact your regional coordinator.
Additional resources on Immunization Delivery in Pharmacy Settings.