PedsPal, Cook Children’s Health Care System’s physician group’s purchasing program, has collaborated with athenahealth, Microsoft, Sanofi Pasteur, and Merck, as well as its physician members, to establish the nation’s first use of 2D barcodes on vaccines. Cook Children’s will demonstrate the new 2D barcoding technology at the upcoming American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference being held from October 15-18th in Boston, Massachusetts.
Recently, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a guidance that allows an exemption to the existing requirement to use linear (i.e., 1D) barcodes on vaccines. As a result, physicians across America who use athenaClinicals(R), athenahealth’s electronic health record (EHR) service platform, will soon be able to simply scan a vaccine’s barcode and have that information automatically incorporated into a patient’s EHR. This new capability will grant a host of new physician capabilities that Cook Children’s has been developing with athenahealth through its EHR since February of 2010, including:
- Better managing a practice’s vaccine supply–lowering their costs
- Confirming that the vaccine about to be given is for the right child, in the right dose, and at the right time
- Sending notice of the vaccine dose to the state’s vaccine registry automatically
- Creating a reorder to replace the administered vaccine [Read more…]