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  1. Optimize.WHO
  2. Immunization information systems & coverage monitoring
  3. Thursday, 26 September 2013
by Jan Grevendonk, WHO Project Optimize has worked closely with national immunization programs throughout the world to demonstrate innovative solutions to supply chain challenges. Many of these demonstration projects have involved the use of information systems to help improve the performance of immunization programs. The results of these information and communications technology (ICT) projects have now been collected, analyzed, and published. In addition, Optimize has also published several other resources that can help public health managers to plan for the implementation of information systems projects. The results of these ICT projects have now been collected, analyzed, and published on the PATH and World Health Organization (WHO) Optimize websites. In addition, Optimize has also published several other resources that can help public health managers to plan for the implementation of information systems projects. A summary of Optimize ICT publications is provided below. For a list of all Optimize publications, visit the PATH and WHO Optimize websites. For further information on all Optimize ICT demonstration projects, please contact Jan Grevendonk ( Planning an Information Systems Project: A Toolkit for Public Health Managers This toolkit can help public health managers plan for the implementation of ICT projects in health information systems. It focuses on the planning phase of an information systems project and proposes an eight-step process that can help decision-makers: -Choose the solution that best fits their needs and context. -Obtain the external help and expertise they need. -Develop, scale, and then sustain their chosen solution. Information Systems Used in National Immunization Programs This series of short videos describes the impact of different information systems projects on the performance of national immunization programs. Each video explains the context in which a particular system was deployed, how it works, and what the impact has been. Videos on IIS in Albania, ImmReg in Vietnam, Logistimo in South Sudan, VaxTrak in Vietnam, wVSSM in Tunisia, and vrMIS in Mozambique have been published. To view the latest videos, visit the PATH Programmatic Videos YouTube channel. A Case for Better Immunization Information Systems This evidence brief discusses the rationale for improving immunization information systems and describes user experiences with different types of systems. It also provides advice on feasibility in different contexts. It draws on evidence gathered during project Optimize demonstrations in Albania, Guatemala, Senegal, South Sudan, Tunisia, and Vietnam. Keeping Track of Vietnam’s Vaccines This fact sheet describes how project Optimize worked in Vietnam with national, regional, and local partners to help introduce VaxTrak, a software program that allows users at various levels of the health system to track vaccine stock and report monthly immunization activity. Vietnam’s Immunization Registries Go Online This fact sheet describes how project Optimize worked with government and software partners in Vietnam to introduce a digital immunization registry named ImmReg. This registry allowed the health system to better track children due for vaccination and shortened the time required for recording and reporting immunizations, compared to the existing paper-based registry. Before and After: How an Online Immunization Registry Has Benefitted Health Workers in Albania Starting in 2009, the Albanian Institute of Public Health collaborated with project Optimize to implement an online immunization information system (IIS) that can schedule and record all child immunizations in the country, as well as manage vaccine stock and storage. It was first implemented in one district in 2011 and will be gradually deployed to all other districts over the next three to five years. This photo set illustrates how the new system has benefitted health workers in Albania. The “Before” pictures describe how health workers used the previous paper-based registry, while the “After” pictures describe how they are now using IIS." target="_blank"> Albania Pilots an Immunization Information System The Albanian Ministry of Health, in collaboration with project Optimize, developed a registry-based immunization information system named IIS. This fact sheet illustrates how the data the new system produces has been used to improve the management of the country’s vaccination program, how it is changing the way people collaborate, how it ensures timely and equal access to immunization for all children, and how it reduces the administrative burden on staff.

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