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Statewide Adult Vaccine Database

by KCMS Lobbyist, James Paribello
Many years ago, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) began the process of creating an adult immunization information system (IIS) that would be as effective as the current pediatric IIS. Unfortunately, the funding dried up for the adult IIS. Washington's Pediatric IIS is complete and used effectively, but the adult IIS is incomplete and inaccessible to many providers.
KCMS member, Dr. Francix X. Riedo, is an infectious disease doctor who understands the need to properly document vaccines regardless of a person's age. Dr. Riedo was determined to find a way to get the adult system completed, especially for healthcare workers (HCW) vaccines throughout the state.
After advocating for the adult IIS completion for over a decade, Dr. Riedo turned to KCMS for assistance. KCMS has been working with Dr. Riedo on the effort for several years, and while our efforts were always applauded, we had trouble getting much attention from policymakers who told us that there were other public health issues that were prioritized ahead of the adult/HCW IIS completion.
Today we are delighted to report success in our efforts. After the adult IIS system was left in an unfinished and inaccurate state for years, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic made it imminently clear that accurately recording adult vaccines given is of vital importance to our state’s public health, could not wait any longer.
During a crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, we know that inefficiencies, redundancies, and delays in providing immunizations can cost lives. HCW on the front lines of this outbreak are especially at risk, and often require a complex series of vaccines beyond those recommended for the general public. Thus we urged the DOH to complete the adult immunization database by supporting the funding needed by the Department to create the links (aka “HL7 links”), connecting the many silos of information across the state.
KCMS leadership began anew advocating for tracking of vaccine records for health care workers and modernizing the system. The early engagement involved outreach to the Governor’s Office, DOH leadership, and key legislators, most notably State Representative Eileen Cody, Chair of the House Health Care and Wellness Committee. At our request, Rep. Cody engaged Secretary of Health, John Wiesman, and DOH staff.
Thanks to the dedication of KCMS to this cause, as well as the engagement by Rep. Cody and other legislative leaders, we can report that DOH has been prompted into action and is reportedly making progress towards our goals. According to DOH, the pandemic and search for a Covid-19 vaccine have been game-changers for their vaccination work. The Department has received funding to get their vaccination data systems properly prepared for a future Covid-19 immunization. DOH suggested that they need to have the adult IIS ready to go in the next three months... READ THE FULL MESSAGE BY CLICKING  BELOW
Statewide Vaccine Database


From Our Mortgage Partners at Key Bank, Nikki Holley
KCMS Board members and staff have all enjoyed the huge discounts provided by this unique mortgage plan offered only at KeyBank.
KeyBank has partnered with the King County Medical Society to support our doctors and their families by developing a one-of-a-kind Physician Loan which applies to both Home Purchases and Refinances.
Whether you want to buy a home, drop your current interest rate, or take cash out of your home, KeyBank is offering special benefits for all physicians including a Relationship Discount of 0.25% off the rate, which can be combined with the Physician Loan Program.
Only Key Bank can provide this particular physician program, please see attached flyer for details!
Please don't hesitate to contact Key Bank’s Physician Mortgage Loan Specialist located close to KCMS, Nikki Holley at 310-365-4528 (call or text), or email her at 
Please find the Relationship Discount Flyer: Physician Loan Flyer BELOW and share it with your colleagues!
KeyBank Mortgage for Doctors

Am. College of Cardiology

Cardiology in the Era of the Pandemic +

Calls for Social Justice

A King County Medical Society member presentation
  • Mark Vossler MD, FACC, KCMS Delegate and President of the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, 
  • Edward Leonard MD, FACP, and
  • Neal Perlmutter MD, FACC as panelists.  
Thursday, Aug 13th at 5:15 pm.  
Topics include:
  • Beyond Infection: effects of the pandemic on ourselves and our patients
  • Climate Change, COVID-19 and public health
  • Racism, Social Justice, and Public Health.
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Well-being in Residency: Pre- & Post- Pandemic

Join this webinar to learn about mental health and well-being resources for residents, discuss Best Practices during COVID-19, and afterward, and strategize on how you can improve well-being in your program.
Webinar Registration

To Get People to Wear Masks, Look to Seatbelts, Helmets, and Condoms

Dr. Fred Rivara in the NYT
“What we need to do for masks is make it enough of a norm so people not wearing it stand out rather than the reverse" Fred Rivara, MD, MPH talks with the New York Times about convincing people to wear masks. 
Dr. Fred Rivara in the NYT


Provided by PHSKC
Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network Study
To slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we need to learn more about it. The SCAN study is providing free at-home testing for COVID-19. The findings will help our research partners, including Public Health – Seattle & King County, keep people informed and make the best possible, data-driven decisions to protect our community.

Enroll online anytime, and a kit will be delivered to you within about 24 hours. 

Helping employers and schools reopen safely

Provided by PHSKC
Below is some information on a contact tracing app that PHSCK has suggested. As described by the manufacturer:  "Safeter" is an easy-to-use application to help organizations reopen, and stay open.  A few benefits of our solution:
  • Is it intended to be a simple solution that can be onboarded quickly
  • Employees, staff, and families could use a mobile app
  • Manage scheduling employees to come back to your site
  • Handle conducting symptom checks, testing, and contact tracing 
More information

Changing How Race Is Portrayed in Medical Education

Recommendations From Medical Students

The medical community has been complicit in legitimizing claims of racial difference throughout the history of the United States. Unfortunately, a rigorous examination of the role medicine plays in perpetuating inequity across racial lines is often missing in medical school curricula due to time constraints and other challenges inherent to medical education. The imprecise use of race—a social construct—as a proxy for pathology in medical education is a vestige of institutionalized racism. Recent examples are presented that illustrate how attributing outcomes to race may contribute to bias and unequal care. This paper proposes the following recommendations for guiding efforts to mitigate the adverse effects associated with the use of race in medical education.
How Race is Portrayed in Medicine

Message from Public Health Seattle King County 

Dear healthcare providers and team members,
All of us at Public Health – Seattle & King County remain deeply grateful for the critical work you do throughout the County to provide care and save lives every day. We are reaching out with important updates and resources to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 infections in our communities. We are sharing this resource and information update as community transmission continues to rise in King County.
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