ECDC launches handbook on the design and implementation of immunisation information systems

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This handbook proposes strategies that build on the experiences of immunisation information system (IIS) experts; provides case studies from actual programmes to highlight particular aspects of IIS practice, including functionalities, benefits, challenges, and implementation. An IIS can support authorities in guiding public health actions and constitute an integral part of well-functioning vaccine programmes.

Designing  and implementing IIS

A new ECDC publication titled “Handbook on designing and implementing an immunisation information system – A technical guidance for those involved in the design, implementation or management of immunisation information systems” collates guiding principles and good practices from all aspects of immunisation information systems (IIS) development and implementation.

IIS are confidential, population-based, computerised information systems that record, store, and provide access to consolidated individual immunisation information. The full potential of IIS lies in their ability to better support vaccination programme monitoring by providing access to a large set of data on vaccination.

The handbook proposes strategies that build on the experiences of IIS experts; provides case studies from actual programmes to highlight particular aspects of IIS practice, including functionalities, benefits, challenges, and implementation. It aims to share experiences and explore ideas that IIS experts consider valuable for developing a new IIS u or upgrading an existing system,. 

The handbook is intended for all those involved in the design, implementation, management or continuous improvement of IIS, such as immunisation programme managers and operational IIS staff; and also public health experts and policymakers.

By generating quality and timely evidence on vaccination, an IIS can support authorities in guiding public health actions and constitute an integral part of well-functioning vaccine programmes. When interoperability of the IIS with other health information systems (e.g. hospital databases and safety registers) is achieved, IIS have great potential to be the most robust and systematic approach for providing data to study the safety and effectiveness of specific vaccines.