HLN Releases Open Source Vaccine Provider Agreement System
HLN Consulting has released a hosted solution to support vaccine providers with registration capabilities to comply with the CDC's COVID-19 vaccination provider agreement requirements
By: HLN Consulting
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires medical providers to fill out and sign a Vaccination Program Provider Agreement form in order to be eligible to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. Filling out this form can be a burdensome and complex process for vaccination providers and facilities as well as public health agencies.
HLN collaborated with the New York City Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR) to develop an application, the Vaccine Provider Agreement System (VPAS), that meets CDC requirements. New York City's CIR keeps immunization records for all city residents — children and adults — throughout their lives. Its mission is to improve the immunization status of all NYC residents by consolidating immunization information and sharing it with health care providers, families, and agencies concerned with public health.
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According to Dr. Noam Arzt, President of HLN Consulting, there are 64 Immunization Information Systems (IIS) in the US that could benefit from sharing software, systems, and solutions. That is why HLN has been focused over the past 20 years on developing open source solutions that can be customized and adopted by public health agencies and clinical organizations.
"Our deployment of VPAS further demonstrates our longstanding interest in supporting the needs of public health agencies," said Dr. Arzt, "Our ongoing commitment to open source software enables these organizations to have access to high-quality products suited to their needs with a maximum of leverage across agencies."
VPAS supports the complicated workflow required by CDC of public health agencies for registering all COVID vaccination sites and ensuring that they have certified their agreement to CDC's terms and conditions of participation. VPAS supports electronic form completion, submission for review/approval, generation of the CDC-approved data export file, and data integration with Immunization Information Systems (IIS). IIS aggregates immunization information for children and some adults living or receiving immunization services in a jurisdiction (state, local, tribal and territorial)
HLN's work with immunization systems has been widely recognized. Three years ago the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) presented HLN with the Upshot Award for Excellence in Vaccine Supply, Access, and Use. HLN received the award for its open source ICE Immunization Forecaster. In the letter of award, Dr. Jewel Mullen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health commented that "HLN Consulting's efforts on the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) are impressive. This powerful tool-including its open-source nature and seamless integration into clinical workflows-holds great promise for improving clinical decision-support and ultimately vaccination rates. Thank you for daring to innovate, collaborate, and lead in an area that is not only complex but constantly evolving."
Additional key features of the open source VPAS application include:
VPAS can be customized and branded by the organization using the application. The deployment of VPAS in the cloud means that a dedicated web address can be created that is specific to each organization. Each VPAS instance can use the web page headers and footers of the organization using the application. VPAS can also use the organization's name, contact information, and all pertinent information in all the emails and other communications used by VPAS.
The benefits of health data interoperability are realized as the data from other applications can be imported into VPAS by leveraging the CDC's Export File format to import the legacy data. VPAS can also be integrated with Immunization Information Systems (IIS) to share provider registration data with the IIS.
HLN offers a hosted version of VPAS to public health agencies; though the agency must bear the cost of any customizations required, HLN contributes the hosting fee. A full description of VPAS is available here, as is a short video showing its key features.
For more information about VPAS please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hln.com/
HLN is a leading public health informatics consulting company providing software development and technical support services to immunization information systems (IIS) as well as other public health systems for more than twenty years. HLN is focused on leveraging an open source collaborative development model as the most efficient and cost-effective way to build and support robust technical solutions that address pressing public health needs.
HLN's experience includes all phases of the lifecycle of public health systems projects, including IIS, from design and development to operations and support. HLN supports both waterfall and Agile methodologies depending on the needs of the client. Much of our open source work is focused on clinical decision support (CDS) applications built using OpenCDS, an open-source clinical decision support platform. This includes our Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) and Reportable Condition Knowledge Management System (RCKMS). RCKMS supports the national strategy of electronic case reporting (eCR) to public health organizations. HLN is part of the eCR team which was recently awarded the CDC Excellence in Partnership Award and CSELS Director's Award for Innovation.
More information on HLN Consulting and its open source products can be found at https://www.hln.com.
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