Each patient chart contains an immunization record, which you can review in PCC EHR.
If your practice uses Partner and does not use PCC EHR, you can still track and review a patient’s immunizations record. It will be based on charges posted during checkout, or immunization records that your practice entered manually. If immunizations are tracked consistently, Partner can produce automatic school forms and warn a provider that a patient may be missing an immunization.
For information about the patient’s immunization record in PCC EHR, read Review and Update a Patient’s Immunization Record.
Read the sections below to learn about Partner’s
nimms programs, used for tracking and reporting on a patient’s immunizations, along with other immunization features found in Partner.
- 1 Review and Print and Immunization Record in Partner
- 2 Add an Immunization to a Patient’s Record in Partner
- 3 The Nurse Immunization Module
Review and Print and Immunization Record in Partner
Families often need immunization records for school or camp. You may also need to quickly check on what date a patient had a certain immunization. Follow the procedure below to run
imms, review dates, and generate a school form.
You can run
imms from the Patient Editor (
notjane) and Phone Encounter Notes (
You can also type
imms at a command prompt and then enter a patient name.
Review Immunization Dates
imms program lists every type of shot your practice has ever performed. There will be several pages of immunizations:
Dates appear next to every shot that this patient has received, assuming the record is kept up-to-date. Press
Page Down to cycle through each page.
Print an Immunization Record
Press F2 – School Form to print an immunization record. The immunization record will map all of the different shots to specific immunizations. You won’t see “Measles” as well as “MMR,” as Partner knows that an MMR injection counts for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella.
A sample school form appears below.
Press F12 to quit
EHR or Paper Chart Record: If your practice uses PCC EHR, then the Partner immunization record will include all immunizations recorded in the patient chart. If you use a different EHR, or use paper charts, then the Partner immunization record can only reflect immunizations billed by your practice. You should compare the Partner immunization printout with the patient’s chart record before giving it to them. The patient chart is the formal medical record for a patient.
Add an Immunization to a Patient’s Record in Partner
There are several ways to add an immunization to a patient’s immunization record using Partner.
Automatic Charge-Based Immunization Records
Whenever a user posts an immunization procedure in the Charge Posting (
checkout) program, Partner updates the immunization record for the patient. If a user has already added the immunization using another method, Partner is smart enough not to add a duplicate record.
If you need assistance configuring automatic immunization records, contact PCC at 1-800-722-7708.
Add a Date Manually in
You can manually add an immunization to the record simply by entering a date next to the appropriate immunization:
You can enter the date without slashes; Partner will format the date for you.
Add an Immunization With Details in
If your practice records manufacturer, lot number, and other immunization details in Partner, press F8 – Add New Immuniz in
imms to add an immunization with details. The screen will change to allow for the additional information:
Enter to move among the fields. No fields are required; enter only the information that your office collects.
Press F1 – Update Record to save the new immunization entry. Press F12 to return to the
imms screen without saving.
Add Multiple Immunizations With Details in
If you often give several immunizations and immediately record detailed information in Partner, you should use the Nurses Immunization Editor (
nimms program can be added to your Partner Windows or can be run from a command prompt.
For a complete manual on
nimms features, read Nurse Immunization Module.
The Nurse Immunization Module
The Nurse Immunization Module (
nimms) is a Partner program for rapidly entering immunizations after (or before) administering them. The
nimms program makes it easy to enter multiple shot information and record provider, date administered, shot site, lot number, and manufacturer.
For information about ordering and administering immunizations in PCC EHR, read the Orders in PCC EHR help articles.
Nimms Quickstart: Enter Multiple Immunizations
Follow the procedure below to run the Nurses Immunization Module (nimms) and enter immunization information for a patient.
Run the Nurse’s Immunization Editor
PCC can add nimms to your Partner windows for easy access, or you can run it from a command prompt by typing
Select or Find a Patient
The first screen of nimms displays an appointment list, as in the checkin and checkout programs. Select a patient from the list and press F1 – Enter Imms. You can use the left arrow key to select a previous day.
Note: You can also press F2 – Find Patient to select a patient using an encounter form’s magic word or to search for any patient in your practice.
Enter Immunization Information
Note: Your current manufacturer and lot number may appear after you enter the name of the immunization. Partner stores the most recent shot information used at your location. If you use multiple lots at once in your office, press F4 – Select Lot to review them.
Press F1 to Save
When finished, press F1 – Update Record to save the information and move on to the next patient.
nimms program provides a fast and easy way to begin recording and storing extra immunization information. Be sure and contact PCC if you’d like us to add
nimms to your Partner windows or have configuration questions.
Print Labels of Immunizations (nimmlabels)
If your office uses the Nurses Immunization Module (nimms), you can print custom labels, containing all of the additional immunization information, using the
Some offices track shots in a paper chart and use nimmlabels to create immunization stickers. Whenever you add a new immunization with
nimms or with the F8 key in
imms, a label is queued to print.
You can run
nimmlabels from a command prompt or ask PCC to add it to your Partner windows.
Review Queued Labels
You will see a list of labels that are ready to print, with the total number queued at the top.
You can open this program from time to time and check if you have a full page of labels. If you print labels on sheets of twenty, for example, you may want to wait until the number of queued labels is a multiple of twenty.
Optional: Press F8 to Change Label Format
Press F8 – Edit Label to edit the label design. The default label contains all of the information on the
nimms screen: patient name, date of service, provider, immunization, manufacturer, and lot number. If you are familiar with using variables in
waffle, you can edit the label yourself. Otherwise, contact PCC for help editing your labels.
Press F1 – Print Labels to begin printing the labels.
Select the Type of Labels
Review the labeler screen and select the type of labels to print. If you’d like to add more Avery or other label options, contact PCC support and we can help you set up new label formats.
Press F1 – Generate Label to generate the labels. The labeler will offer to print a test page of labels (to make sure they line up), and then ask for confirmation to print all of the labels.
Verify Labels Printed
A final screen will ask you if the labels printed correctly. If you experienced printing problems, press F12. Otherwise, press F1 – Confirm Labels to approve the printed labels and return to the main screen.
Once you have printed and approved your labels, Partner clears out the queue of labels to print. That means you will not be able to reprint them later, so make sure you are satisfied before pressing F1.
Configure the Nurses Immunization Module
Before you can use the Nurses Immunization Module, you may need to enter your immunization manufacturers, immunization sites, and other information into Partner. You may also wish to tweak how your appointment lists display patients.
Configure Nimms Tables
Just as Partner keeps a list of insurance companies, procedures, and providers, it also keeps a list of immunization manufacturers and immunization sites. These tables can be found in the Table Editor (
Below is a complete list of all the Partner tables that affect the behavior of nimms immunization management. Contact PCC Software Support for help reviewing your tables.
This table contains the options for the Manufacturer field in the
nimmsprograms. You should look at this table and add any manufacturers from whom you order immunizations.
This table contains the options for the Site Administered field in the
nimmsprograms. Each site can have a name and a short name, for easy data entry.
This table contains the options for the Provider of Service field in the
nimmsprograms as well as other programs. If you use nimms to record non-physician providers that give shots, you may need to add them to this table if they are not already on it.
Immunization and Disease Table
You should not have to edit this table. It lists immunizations and diseases, along with procedures or diagnosis that cause the immunization to be recorded. Each entry also shows the last manufacturer and lot number entered for that immunization. It is not necessary to update this information here, as it will be updated when a user enters the first immunization from the new lot of shots.
Place of Service
This table contains the options for the Place of Service field in the
nimmsprograms, as well as other programs.
Configure Nimms Appointment List
The list of patients that appears when you run nimms works the same way as the appointment lists in checkin and checkout. Read the configuration section of the Appointment Lists guide to learn how to change which appointments appear on the nimms pick list.