Project Optimize conducted a small implementation activity in South Sudan. The goal of the activity was to test the feasibility and usefulness of implementing a mobile and cloud-based vaccine stock management information system capable of providing EPI staff at all levels timely access to vaccine stock and demand data. This report summarizes the results of the activity.
This document discusses the rationale for improving immunization information systems and describes the experience of piloting different types of systems. It also provides advice on the feasibility of different kinds of systems in different contexts. It draws on evidence gathered during project Optimize demonstrations in Albania, Guatemala, Senegal, South Sudan, Tunisia, and Vietnam.
Planning an information systems project: A toolkit for public health managers
This toolkit can help public health managers to plan for the implementation of information and communications technology in health information systems. It focuses on the planning phase of an information systems project. It proposes an eight-step process that can help decision-makers to choose the solution that best fits their needs and context; obtain the external help and expertise they need and develop, scale, and then sustain their chosen solution.
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. 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.
In Viet Nam, project Optimize worked with government and software partners to help introduce a digital immunization registry. 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.
The Albanian Ministry of Health, in collaboration with project Optimize, developed a registry-based immunization information system. This factsheet illustrates how the data the new system produces is used to improve the management of the 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.
Between 2010 and 2012, project Optimize collaborated with Viet Nam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology to demonstrate innovations in the supply chain that can help to meet the demands expected as Viet Nam’s immunization program continues to grow. This report describes the activities undertaken in Viet Nam as part of the collaboration.
This evidence brief describes how project Optimize worked in Viet Nam 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.
Albania: Demonstrating the benefits of an online immunization registry
This document describes how project Optimize is collaborating with the Albanian Institute of Public Health to transform the way immunization data and vaccine stock are managed. The two-year collaboration aims to evaluate the benefits of a supply chain that uses an online immunization registry, remotely connected temperature monitoring devices, and a distribution system organized for optimum efficiency.
Assessment of a remote alarm system for vaccine storage in Albania
Between March and December 2010 this project Optimize study assessed the marginal managerial advantages of using a global system for mobile communications/short message service messaging to transmit the temperature data in 24 health centers of the district of Shkodra, Albania.
An integrated approach to health information systems in Guatemala
This project Optimize document describes an effort by the World Health Organization, PATH, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Guatemala Ministry of Public Health and Social Services to address challenges related to vaccine introduction. The goal is to develop an information system that will enable the digital recording and transmission of immunization data.
Mobile phones bring online immunization registries to low-resource countries
Today, most health workers at the service‐delivery level in developing countries use paper‐based systems to track the individuals who have been vaccinated and the vaccines and other resources used during the process. Project Optimize is working with the Albanian Institute of Public Health to develop and implement an immunization information system that will provide the type of high-quality, granular data that policymakers need.
Point of service data to drive vaccine supply chains
This fact sheet outlines the different approaches that project Optimize is testing to demonstrate that a consumption‐based system that uses service-delivery-level data can have a beneficial impact on inventory management, stock levels, and vaccine wastage.