The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has launched an electronic tracking system for health care providers to retrieve and store immunization records.
The project has been in the works for nearly a year and allows doctors to put all immunization records on a statewide exchange.
Doctors say the new system will make it easier for parents and schools to track which shots have been given – and which ones need to be performed.
The registry is a confidential, population-based, computerized system that collects and disseminates immunization information for every person in Colorado. The registry allows providers to electronically track immunizations, maintaining an ongoing, complete record.
The new system also offers:
- expanded demographics racking to allow doctors to update relevant information about their patients. The demographic information is confidential and can include: health insurance, employment, medical home and emergency contacts.
- An enhanced window display allows doctors to check the computer’s monitor during appointment and learn what vaccines are recommended.
In the past three months, the registry recorded 13.8 million actions by users of its systems from 3,530 active users. Funding for the registry was paid for by federal grant money provided to Colorado to support swine flu efforts during 2009 and 2010.