For Immediate Release
Miranda Steele, 785-296-5795
TOPEKA, Kan. –At the end of 2011, the State of Kansas had 245 school districts enrolled in KSWebIZ—the state’s web-based immunization registry, and two more districts and their school nurses are scheduled to begin using the registry by the end of today.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Immunization Program conducted a KSWebIZ training session this morning, Jan. 4, with approximately 40 school nurses representing Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools (KCKPS). A second training session is scheduled later today with nurses from the Spring Hill School District.
With KCKPS (Unified School District 500) and Spring Hill (USD 230), Kansas will have a total of 247 school districts using KSWebIZ. All of Kansas’ 105 county health departments are currently using KSWebIZ, and KDHE continues to work with health care providers and schools to bring more users into the registry.
"With the 36 private health care providers and the 114 school nurses who enrolled with KSWebIZ during 2011, Kansas is moving in the right direction with immunization registry. I look forward to our staff working with even more school districts and providers during 2012," said KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer Robert Moser, M.D. "KSWebIZ is a secure system, allowing health care professionals to more effectively and efficiently maintain electronic immunization records throughout a Kansan's life."
KSWebIZ was launched in 2005 with the enrollment of private providers and local health departments and, in 2008, began to add public and private schools. After today, 187 private providers, 105 health departments and 957 schools (247 districts) have access to KSWebIZ, including USDs 500 and 230.
"School nurses using KSWebIZ have access to providers’ immunization records on students and have the ability to further complete the students’ records by adding to the registry other immunization information they may have had prior to using KSWebIZ," said Kansas Immunization Program Director Ryan Burns. "The system also allows nurses to determine what vaccines their students may need."