CANImmunize: Partnering with local public health to improve vaccination data

December 8, 2017

Reporting your children’s vaccination records to public health authorities can be a pain! Katherine Atkinson, Dr. Kumanan Wilson and their colleagues have made this easier by allowing parents of children aged 15 and under to report immunizations directly to Ottawa Public Health using the CANImmunize App and BORN Ontario. Their latest study, published in Healthcare Quarterly, shows that Ottawa parents used mobile reporting to submit vaccination records for more than 2,500 children over the course of two years. Their findings suggest that mobile apps may provide more timely and comprehensive immunization data compared to traditional methods. This first-of-its-kind feature continues to be available in Ottawa and is accessed by downloading the free CANImmunize app on iOS and Android devices. Learn more about CANImmunize.

Authors: Atkinson KM, El-Khatib Z, Barnum G, Bell C, Turcotte MC, Murphy MSQ, Teitelbaum M, Chakraborty P, Laflamme L, Wilson K.

Funding: The CANImmunize project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and this research was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Kumanan Wilson’s research is also supported by donations to Research to Improve Patient Care at The Ottawa Hospital.

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