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Illinois I-CARE Enhancements

Thursday, July 30, 2015  
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• In early 2013, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) needed to update its registry, the Illinois Comprehensive Automated Registry Exchange (I-CARE), since it was not able to process influenza and adult vaccine orders. The registry improvements aimed to minimize the amount of staff time and effort to manage publicly funded vaccine orders, specifically influenza and adult 317 vaccine orders. Additionally, allowing adult 317 vaccine orders to be processed through the registry would give providers the ability to manage all publicly funded vaccines in I-CARE.
• With the I-CARE enhancements, IDPH staff have the ability to see the number of doses available, already approved orders and requested orders. Having all these points of data available allows IDPH to approve vaccine orders more efficiently.
• Since the registry improvements were completed, IDPH staff productivity has increased. The changes allow for multiple state users to assist with influenza vaccine order review and approval which increases the time in which orders are approved and disseminated. It also allowed IDPH to accept rolling influenza vaccine orders the same as they do for other vaccines.
• Replication of this project would require resources (funding and expertise) to support modifications to existing IIS ordering modules, and additional training of staff. Minimal provider education may also be required. The improvements to I-CARE took about 12 months to complete and was funded using a PPHF ExIS grant.
• For more information, contact Carol Gibson Finley, Acting Chief, Immunization Section, IL Dept. of Public Health, 525 W. Jefferson, Springfield, IL 62761, by phone: 217.785.0121 or by email:

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