Using the Blood Lead Module in ImmPact

Updated April 10, 2020

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Maine's Immunization Information System, ImmPact, can help pediatric providers view patients' blood lead test history. ImmPact also allows pediatric providers to run reports that identify patients in need of a blood lead screening test or those in need of a follow-up test. This module in ImmPact can help your practice comply with Maine's new blood lead testing requirements to test all children at ages 1 and 2 years.

Maine CDC's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Unit will provide access to the Blood Lead Module to pediatric providers that participate in a brief online training. At least one person from your practice must take the training before we activate the Blood Lead Module.

 

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What blood lead test results are in ImmPact?

  • All blood lead test results for children who live in Maine and who are less than 6 years of age
  • Historic test results dating back to 2010 for children who were less than 6 years old at the time of the test

When do blood lead test results become available in ImmPact?

  • Daily, Maine CDC uploads all blood lead test results from specimens analyzed at the State of Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory into ImmPact. Providers with access to the Blood Lead Module will have access to results within 1 business day.
  • In-office test results from providers approved to perform in-office blood lead testing must be entered into ImmPact within 48 hours.
  • Learn more about blood lead testing options for children up to age 6 years under Maine law.

What are some of the key features of the ImmPact Blood Lead Module?

  • View individual patient's blood lead testing history
  • See annual routine blood lead testing requirements and recommendations for patients and whether or not a routine test is due, overdue, or completed
  • Follow prompts for patients in need of a venous confirmation test or repeat test
  • Print a patient's blood lead history
  • Indicate if a lead test has been ordered or refused by a parent/guardian
  • Run reports to identify patients in need of a required screening test
  • Enter in-office blood lead test results (Note: Approved providers only)

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Is there a requirement to use the ImmPact Blood Lead Module?

  • Practices approved for in-office testing must use the ImmPact Blood Lead Module to report in-office blood lead tests to Maine CDC's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Unit within 48 hours.
  • For all other providers, there is no requirement to use the ImmPact Blood Lead Module. The module is available to use at your convenience.

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How do I get access to the ImmPact Blood Lead Module?

  • Maine CDC will provide access to the module for provider organizations that conduct blood lead testing for children up to age 6 years. Maine CDC will not provide access to the module for staff from schools, Head Start sites, WIC clinics, or other similar agencies. If you have questions about whether or not you should have access to the Blood Lead Module, please contact Sandra Dempsey, Nurse Education Consultant at sandra.dempsey@maine.gov.
  • At least one person from your provider organization must complete a training on how to use the module.
  • Upon completion of the training, Maine CDC will activate the blood lead module for your practice.
  • Providers approved for in-office testing must complete an additional training on entering blood lead test results into ImmPact in order to begin reporting tests in ImmPact. We will contact you to schedule this training once you are approved for in-office testing. Learn more about in-office testing.

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Is there refresher training or training for new or additional staff?

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Additional Information

Document/Resource Source Size Type
Webinar Recording on Universal Blood Lead Testing Mandate (YouTube)External site disclaimer Maine Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Unit N/A Web
PowerPoint Slides from Universal Blood Lead Testing Mandate Recorded Webinar Maine Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Unit 2,757 KB PDF
Pediatric Blood Lead Testing Guidelines and Recommended Confirmation and Follow-up Schedule for Pediatric Blood Lead Levels 5 ug/dL or Higher (October 2019) Maine Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Unit 250 KB PDF
Notification to Providers on the New Blood Lead Testing Requirements (September 2019) Maine Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Unit 280 KB PDF

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