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Is it Time for a Digital Injection?

Posted on March 16, 2016 by Sukirtha Tharmalingam

Nearly one-third (30%) of parents aren’t fully confident they can provide complete, accurate records on their children’s immunizations, according to a survey commissioned by Canada Health Infoway (Infoway). The survey explored parents’ experiences with managing their children’s immunization records. It also found that 30% of parents reported it was likely that their child had missed an immunization.

There’s been lots of talk about immunizations, schools, and children, recently. Routine immunizations for vaccine preventable diseases are key to protecting the health of our children.  

With some vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles making resurgence, quick and easy access to immunization records is more important than ever before. Public health officials, schools, parents and others are looking for an efficient way to assess children’s immunization status.

Our research, conducted among parents through a national survey and Ontario focus groups, highlighted challenges with current practices for managing children’s immunization records as well as the opportunities associated with an accessible electronic immunization record.

Discover the findings we uncovered through our newly published white paper exploring parents’ experiences with managing their children’s immunization records.

What do you think?

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Sukirtha TharmalingamSukirtha Tharmalingam

Sukirtha is Manager of Evaluation Methods at Canada Health Infoway where she works with diverse stakeholders and partners to evaluate the impact of digital health investments.

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