THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Montana Department of Public Health adopts new vaccine tracking system

The Montana Department of Public Health announced a successful transition of its vaccine tracking system from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vaccine Tracking System.

VTrckS was rolled out in 2010 and allows for healthcare workers to order vaccines in real-time, predict upcoming orders, track inventory and manage the vaccine budget. This can all be done online, making it easier to ensure hospitals stay within the state budget for vaccines.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services incorporated VTrckS into their processes in June with the help of Scientific Technologies Corporation. Maine's Department of Public Health also integrated VTrckS this year.

"For Montana, we added support for the three different export types to existing related pages where that data would otherwise be accessed by the user," STC software engineer Stephan Cleaves, who worked on projects in both states, said. "In Maine, a single location in WIR provides for the export of all VTrckS data."

The integrations were both reported successful. Each healthcare worker now has the ability to view export files from the WIR system about current inventory and requested orders.

Only authorized IIS healthcare and state employees can view VTrckS. The program is versatile, however, as Maine customized its system to have one page.

"For Maine, we developed a completely new user interface for exporting VTrckS data," Cleaves said. "They wanted all functions available from one page rather than distributed in existing, but related, pages."