FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

STC to work with Alberta Health to control vaccine inventory

Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC) was recently awarded a contract with Alberta Health to help improve the management process and distribution of vaccine supply.

Management and distribution of vaccine supply can be extremely critical during a pandemic or outbreak, and in the event of a product recall, it can be downright chaotic. This contract allows Alberta Health to help improve the management process. Now STC’s implementation of the Vaccine Inventory Management Solution for Alberta Health will closely mirror the system that STC has already implemented in 20 percent of the United States.

The process will help streamline the process in event of an outbreak. During the 2009 H1N1 outbreak in the U.S., when the new vaccine became available, its distribution was managed by hand. The result was messy as some providers received more vaccine than they needed, while others did not receive enough, resulting in a “white market” where the vaccine was traded and/or borrowed and a large amount of the vaccine was unused.

The 2013 Canadian H1N1 and measles outbreaks had a similar effect.

To start implementing this new process, STC will support immunizers in Alberta with their vaccine management needs, while utilizing 2D barcoding to better manage its inventory and have the proper vaccines in the right locations at the opportune times.

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