TechNet-21 - Forum

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  1. Jan Grevendonk
  2. Immunization information systems & coverage monitoring
  3. Wednesday, 19 November 2014
On 11, 12 and 13 November, 95 representatives from diverse organizations and countries met in Istanbul to share experiences with the use of information technology to strengthen immunization programs. More than 30 systems, tools, projects, and country experiences were presented and discussed in 4 breakout sessions. These were dedicated to reporting systems, logistics management information systems, electronic immunization registries, and novel technologies such as geographical information systems and the use of mobile devices. While these sessions showed a lot of progress and even more potential in this area, challenges remain to scale up the use of appropriate technologies in the lowest income countries and sustain improvements. Country representatives called upon partners to work towards shared national priorities in the countries they worked in, rather than placing their own agendas first. Participants also agreed that updated guidance is needed around data standards, the use of data for decision making, and the use of information systems including new technologies. Four subgroups then discussed the kind of guidance that would be useful in the areas of program performance monitoring, data for supply chain management, electronic immunization registries, and barriers towards integration and interoperability. In the coming months, WHO will take the lead to further develop guidance in all these domains in consultation with partners. For further discussion and all the presentations and background material, please join the group on immunization information systems on TechNet-21. A report will be made available shortly. Thanks to all who attended or contributed in any other way.

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