Unique Funding Partnership for Oregon's Immunization Registry

A unique partnership of public and private health care organizations in Oregon was a driving force behind the success of the Oregon immunization registry, ALERT. Operational funding for the registry derived from three sources: Oregon Health Systems in Collaboration (OHSIC), a private nonprofit organization representing the major health plans and hospital clinics in the state; Oregon Office of Medical Assistance Programs; and the Oregon Health Division.

In 2000, however, OHSIC members, under pressure to reduce costs, stated they would not contribute to ALERT without clear evidence that other plans that benefit from the registry also contribute.

All health plans eventually agreed that they would contribute in proportion to the share of immunizations they provide, obviating the need for legislation.