New York's Web-Based Immunization Registry Wins National 'Center of Excellence' Award

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 21, 2009) – New York's year-old Web-based immunization information system has received the American Immunization Registry Association's (AIRA) "Center of Excellence" Award in recognition of its significant efforts to improve provider participation, State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., announced today.

Launched at the beginning of 2008, the New York State Immunization Information System – a secure, confidential electronic registry of immunization records for New Yorkers – currently contains records on 2.1 million patients and nearly 23 million vaccinations. Commissioner Daines commended New York's health care providers for their work to enter patient immunization information into the system.

"With this electronic registry, health care providers at any location can check a patient's immunization coverage, identify gaps in care, and prevent unnecessary re-immunization," said Commissioner Daines. "Parents no longer have to worry about lost immunization records at school enrollment or camp time."

New York's award was in recognition of its progress in increasing provider participation rates and increasing the percentage of children less than 6 years of age who have two or more immunizations in the system - which tripled from 15 percent in October 2007 to nearly 55 percent as of April 1, 2009. More than 5,900 users from more than 2,000 health care provider organizations and nearly 750 schools participate in the program.

The AIRA Center of Excellence Award was made to the State Health Department's Bureau of Immunization. AIRA is a national organization promoting development of a network of population-based immunization information systems to help ensure all people are appropriately immunized and protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.

For more information about the Department's Immunization Information System, please visit: http://www.nyhealth.gov/prevention/immunization/information_system/