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NJDOH uses the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS) - a web enabled registry that consolidates patient immunization histories from birth to death into a single permanent record for the residents of New Jersey. The NJIIS is the official Immunization Registry per the Statewide Immunization Registry Act - NJAC 8:57, sub-chapter 3, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:4-131 et seq. (P.L. 2004, c. 138).
- What is a certified electronic health record (EHR)?
A certified EHR is one that meets the standards and certification criteria defined by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology. The list of approved agencies or vendors to provide this certification is available at The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology website.
- How do I get certification for MU?
The certifying authority in New Jersey is NJ Medicaid, within the Department of Human Services' Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services. DOH is responsible for reporting to NJ Medicaid that an eligible provider or hospital is exchanging data with DOH in a way that satisfies a particular public health meaningful use criterion. After certifying that an eligible provider/hospital has achieved Meaningful Use, NJ Medicaid will distribute the incentive payments.
- How can I send data to NJIIS for MU?
Per the current interpretation of the final rules published in the Federal Register (July 2010), immunization data needs to be sent from a Certified EHR through HL7 2.3.1 or HL7 2.5.1 formats to public health. The interface specifications for sending data to NJIIS can be found under the subtitle NJIIS Documents.
- I am currently sending data to NJIIS. Do I meet the MU requirements?
If you are sending data in HL7 2.3.1 or HL7 2.5.1, then you meet the MU requirements. If you send data as a flat file or in any other format, you do not meet the MU requirement.
Note that in addition to sending data in the required HL7 format, the underlying EHR has to be certified.
- Are there interfaces existing with NJIIS? If yes, is there a list of EHR systems that currently have interfaces?
As of December 2011, NJIIS has approximately 566 interfaces with provider offices. Details on setting up an interface between an EHR system and NJIIS are available in the document called Interface specifications at the DOH NJIIS under the subtitle NJIIS documents.
The current interfaces have been created from the following EMR systems (listed alphabetically):
- Aprima Medical
- Cerner Corp
- GE Centricity
- Greenway Medical
- Office Practicum
- Pediatric Care
- Practice Fusion
- Sage Intergy
- St Barnabas
- Sunrise Acute
- Why is the NJDOH encouraging the report of immunization data for MU?
NJ DOH is encouraging providers and hospitals to send immunization data to meet their MU obligation for Stage 1 because it will also help the providers and hospitals fulfill the New Jersey Immunization registry mandate per NJAC 8:57 - 3.16a, that goes into effect on January 1, 2012. All providers who administer vaccine to New Jersey children seven years of age and younger are required to report the doses administered into the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS) within 30 days of administering the vaccine.