Submitting and Exchanging Data
If you are a provider and use an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, you may be able to share data with I-CARE using HL7 data exchange. You will need to contact your EHR vendor to determine if your EHR system is HL7-compatible. You also may need to acquire an additional interface for your EHR to send and exchange immunization data.
I-CARE accepts immunization data in HL7 versions 2.3.1 or 2.5.1.
Illinois Department of Public Health has implemented HL7 data exchange using two methods. The first method is one-way data transfer of unsolicited vaccine record updates to the statewide registry. This method accepts batch immunization data using the Department’s Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) system or the I-CARE application.
The second method is real-time, bidirectional data exchange of vaccine record updates, queries and responses. This method allows immunization providers using their EHR system to query I-CARE for a patient (not found in their own EMR system) and ICARE will send the patient immunization information back. It also will allow providers to send updates from their EHR directly to I-CARE for immediate update. This method uses the Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) with web services.
There is another option for providers that cannot produce an HL7 formatted file. You can send a flat file or Continuity of Care Document (CCD) xml to the Public Health Node (PHN) which will take the data, format it into HL7 and then send to I-CARE. For more information on the PHN and immunizations please visit http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/HIE/Pages/publichealth.aspx.
If you have general questions regarding HL7 data exchange please contact the I-CARE Project Manager, Robin Holding at firstname.lastname@example.org. For all HL7 technical questions please contact HL7 Development Support, Igor Slobodyanyuk at email@example.com.
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