8.4: Provide Access to Update Immunization Information

Overview of Scenario

The patient is able to add or request an update to immunization information for review by the provider.

Example of Scenario

Mariela Gonzales Morales’ mother logs onto to Dr. Smith’s EHR portal to view Mariela’s immunization record. Mariela received an influenza vaccine at a local pharmacy.  Mrs. Morales enters the information into Mariela’s record including lot number and expiration date indicated on the slip she received from the pharmacy. The information is presented to Dr. Smith for review.


One-quarter of the products allow patients to enter specific information about immunizations they received in other settings and store the information as immunizations. All such products require providers to confirm the information entered by patients before it is included in the EHR immunization record, mostly using the reconciliation function. Other products allow patients to enter any information in a comment field that practices can review. These comments are neither specific to immunizations nor are they structured in any way.

  • Vendor Perspectives. Vendors should consider usability evaluation such as User Centered Design (UCD) to evaluate how to provide patients with the ability to annotate or update immunization information.
  • Provider and Implementer Perspectives. Providers should consider participating in vendor activities to address the workflow and challenges of patients annotating or updating immunization information.


There are no tests for this capability.

Data Elements

There are no data elements for this capability.