What is CT WiZ?
CT WiZ is the statewide Immunization Information System (IIS) designed to meet national standard requirements for effective tracking and administration of immunizations in a public health setting. It is a web-based database that maintains complete, accurate, and secure immunization records for patients vaccinated in Connecticut. All personal information including immunization status and dates of immunization of individuals shall be confidential as required by Connecticut law.
Will reporting to CT WiZ violate HIPAA requirements?
No. Physicians are authorized to disclose immunization histories to the CT WiZ Program and its authorized agents without patient authorization or opportunity to object because:
- It is required by law.
- It is part of public health activities.
The information that we request is what is minimally necessary to satisfy the objective of the state registry. Practices should however keep an accounting of each disclosure that is made to CT WIZ.
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Who has access to the information in CT WiZ?
Connecticut state law requires that information in CT WiZ be kept confidential. Only you, your doctor, health care workers who can assist you with missed appointments or missed immunizations, and your school nurse have access to CT WIZ. The information will not be shared with any other people or any other agency unless you have signed a Release of Information. Please click here for the form in English-Spanish (pdf).
How do patients opt-out of inclusion in CT WiZ?
CT WiZ records are kept confidential by law. Only healthcare workers and the patient themselves can access immunization records. The information will not be shared with any other people or any other agency unless you have signed a Release of Information. Patients who are in CT WiZ are able to access their immunization records electronically using the secure online CT WiZ Public Portal. If you opt-out, CT WiZ will no longer maintain your immunization record and you will not be able to access your immunization record from the CT WiZ Public Portal.
The immunization record of the patient shall be reported to and maintained by CT WiZ unless the patient, or for a minor, their parent or guardian submits a written request to the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) requesting that the immunization record no longer be maintained. Should someone wish to opt-out, the written request should include the person’s full legal name, date of birth, and address so staff can locate the individual that is opting out in the system. Routine emailed messages are not considered to be a secure mode of communication. For the confidentiality of your patient information, please do not email your opt-out request. Requests to opt-out should be mailed or faxed to:
CT DPH, CT WiZ
410 Capitol Avenue, MS # 11 MUN
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
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