OTTAWA, Nov. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Is it time to say goodbye to the yellow
card, that iconic paper method of recording vaccinations? A new iPhone
app aims to make keeping track of your children's vaccinations easier
by putting this important information literally at your fingertips.
"The yellow card seems like an antiquated system for storing
information," says Dr. Kumanan Wilson, the physician behind ImmunizeON,
an iPhone app released today by the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Many people are hard-pressed to know exactly where their immunization
records are or whether their children's vaccines are up-to-date,
information required by schools and public health. When their next
vaccination appointment comes along, they go without their yellow card,
resulting in a new card with information to be transferred to the old
one they couldn't find. This scenario is not uncommon.
OHRI's first iPhone app gives Ontario residents - and eventually people
in other provinces - an easy way to track their immunizations, and
more. Now available for free through iTunes, ImmunizeON provides a way
for parents to:
keep immunization records for their families at their fingertips,
update records on the spot and create an electronic yellow card
receive vaccination reminders according to the Ontario vaccination
schedule and the child's age,
access credible information on vaccines and what to do in case of an
receive alerts about outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases in their
send vaccine records to their home email for backup.
ImmunizeON is ready to use for children born after August 2011, which is
when the vaccine schedule was last updated. However, people can
manually enter any vaccine in the app to keep track of their children's
"While the paper yellow card remains the official vaccination record, we
hope this app will make it easier for parents to keep track of their
children's vaccinations," says Dr. Wilson, who is a scientist at the
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, a Canada Research Chair in Public
Health Policy, and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine
at the University of Ottawa.
ImmunizeON is a pilot version that paves the way for a fully Canadian
version in the coming months, which will offer vaccination schedules
and alerts from across the country.
Dr. Wilson also wants to develop the app for Android and BlackBerry
He hopes that this is the first stage of a larger vision to make the app
part of an integrated system of immunization records that includes
public health agencies, with whom Dr. Wilson has been communicating
throughout the development of ImmunizeON.
The app is now available on iTunes by searching for ImmunizeON. It also works on an iPad.
SOURCE: Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
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