DPH: Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS)
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Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS)

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"What is CIRTS?" (7 min. video - English) (transcript)

"¿Que es CIRTS?" (7 min. video - Español) (transcripción)

In 1994, the legislature authorized the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) to establish the Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS). CIRTS is a FREE statewide, immunization registry established and maintained at the CT DPH. The purpose of the registry is to assure that children remain up-to-date with their immunizations and that their records are available when needed. After a pilot period of several years, CIRTS became a statewide registry in 1998.

On April 26, 2012, CIRTS went into production with the NEW web-based immunization registry.  CIRTS is currently working toward accepting immunization data electronically from Electronic Health Records (EHRs).  For more information visit: Health Information Technology and Exchange to download the HL7 2.5.1 Guide to prepare your EHR to report to CIRTS. 

 

Public Health requirements (state mandated) are independent of “Meaningful Use” (MU) requirements, although there is overlap in content and standards.  Efforts to achieve CIRTS-provider electronic data exchange will benefit providers for both public health and MU efforts.   For more information:

*Visit: Meaningful Use State Testing (MUST) Portal to submit a test file and obtain a certificate for Stage 1 Meaningful Use.  Please email any MUST Portal questions to DPH.CIRTS@ct.gov

*Visit: Exceptions letter from DPH for Public Health reporting - Meaningful Use  Please note that Stage 2 immunization reporting, per state regulations, will only be for primary health care providers administering immunizations in an outpatient setting for children from birth to first grade once CIRTS is ready to accept electronic reporting. 

 

The registry includes such information as is necessary to accurately identify a child and to assess current immunization status. CIRTS can:

  •    Keep permanent records of children’s immunizations (shots)
  •    Let doctors keep track of their patients' immunization histories in a computerized database
  •    Give parents their children’s immunization histories for daycare, school, and camp
  •    Provide parents with immunization information in the future even if they move away from Connecticut or their baby’s doctor retires

All personal information including immunization status and dates of immunization of individuals shall be confidential as required by Connecticut law. Only the parent(s)/child’s legal guardian, child’s doctor, or health care workers who can assist with missed opportunities or missed immunizations have access to CIRTS.

Upon receiving a request from CIRTS, all healthcare providers administering immunizations to children in CT shall report those immunizations to CIRTS.

Release of Official Immunization Records by the Immunization Registry to Health Care Providers This provides guidance on how to obtain immunization information from the registry.

State Laws/Regulations related to CIRTS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding CIRTS

State of CT Regulations regarding CIRTS (pdf)

Birthing Hospitals Fillable Order Form for CIRTS Forms and Brochure  5/14 (pdf)

American Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Registry page

American Immunization Registry Association

National Immunization Program Registry home page

Registry Staff-List of State contacts by state-home page (outside link)

click here for an English CIRTS enrollment form. 

click here for a Spanish CIRTS enrollment form

click here for CIRTS enrollment forms in other languages

Immunization Action Plan

IAP Coordinators 

IAP Map (pdf) Identifies which areas are serviced by which IAP

 

CONTACT US:

State of CT, Department of Public Health

Immunization Program

410 Capitol Avenue, MS #11 MUN

Hartford, CT 06134

Attn: CIRTS

 

Phone: (860)509-7929

Fax: (860)509-8370

Email: DPH.CIRTS@CT.GOV

 


 

 

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