Three states begin using CDC's VTrckS system

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently began using the Vaccine Tracking System, designed to ensure that states have a means of managing patient immunizations and reduce the waste of critical medication for children.

VTrckS is considered to be the critical component of the Vaccine Business Management Improvement Project, the CDC's centralized application for managing vaccine orders and the distribution of vaccines for the Vaccines for Children program.

VFC is a national initiative to reduce the impact of vaccine preventable illness on children, particularly those whose parents are unable to afford health care. VFC provides eligible children with vaccines at no cost. VTrckS is to be used to ensure that the program remains affordable in the long term, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to be vaccinated regardless of the ability to pay.

The CDC intends for VTrckS to be combined with the operational-based patient immunization registries in most states. The data can then be used to assist in the ordering and distribution of vaccines through an electronic link between a state's immunization system and VTrckS.

Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia are the first three states to volunteer to work with the CDC and test the concept. All three are utilizing immunization registries designed by the Scientific Technologies Corporation, which is working closely with the CDC on the project.

"This has been a long process, with the CDC starting their business improvement process in 2005," STC CEO Michael Popovich said. "At that time we partnered and established the first set of requirements with our immunization registry clients that would allow for such an exchange with their registries. We knew it would only be a matter of time."