Discussions marquées : Facility-based records

Standardising vaccination (immunization) cards

Dear all Please find the attached example, illustrating the grievous impact of using vaccination cards that are not compatible with the current National Immunization Schedule (NIS). As per the study conducted recently, >10% beneficiaries avail vaccination services from the private sector ranging from clinics to Medical Colleges even in the rural area. Field supervisors / monitors have easy access to such vaccination cards both at the facility level and in the field. Negative impact strikes more than millions of children in the country. This issue can be easily addressed as already happened elsewhere in the country through advocay and supportive supervision. With best wishes Holla n team

CDC publishes report on progress in childhood vaccination data in immunization information systems

CDC published Progress in Childhood Vaccination Data in Immunization Information Systems—United States, 2013–2016 (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/pdfs/mm6643a4-H.pdf) in the November 3 issue of MMWR (pages 1178–81). A summary made available to the press is reprinted below.

IISs [Immunization Information Systems] are computerized, population-based systems that consolidate vaccination data from providers for clinical and public health use. Data from 2013–2016 were analyzed to assess progress made in four priority areas: 1) pediatric data completeness, 2) bidirectional data exchange with electronic health records, 3) pediatric clinical decision support for immunizations, and 4) ability to generate jurisdictional and provider-level vaccination coverage estimates. Progress was noted since 2013, but continued effort is needed to implement these functionalities among all IISs. Success in these priority areas bolsters public health practitioners’ ability to attain high childhood vaccination coverage and prepares IISs to develop more advanced functionalities. Success also supports the achievement of federal immunization objectives, including using IISs as supplemental sampling frames for vaccination coverage surveys.

Related Link CDC's Immunization Information Systems (IIS) web section (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/iis/index.html)

Article - Evidence of cost-benefits of electronic medical records and standards and Interoperability (2017)

We are happy to share with you this article produced by the Federal University of Minas Gerais and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), showing some of the benefits of the use of electronic medical records, standards and interoperability on the quality of care, and also some preliminary evidence indicating that the use of eHealth interventions with information exchange may improve clinical process outcomes. Reference: Reis ZSN, Maia TA, Marcolino MS, Becerra-Posada F, Novillo-Ortiz D, Ribeiro ALP. Is There Evidence of Cost Benefits of Electronic Medical Records, Standards, or Interoperability in Hospital Information Systems? Overview of Systematic Reviews. JMIR Med Inform 2017;5(3):e26. DOI: 10.2196/medinform.7400. Available at: http://medinform.jmir.org/2017/3/e26/  and also on the Technet Resource Library Please, feel free to disseminate this document in your network.
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