Mobile technologies in the hands of healthcare consumers can help mitigate some challenges that immunization registries face, according to a study published in the new issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

For instance, “Engaging individuals to have more control over their own immunization information using their mobile devices could improve the timeliness and accuracy of data in central immunization information systems,” write authors Kumanan Wilson and Katherine Atkinson of Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Canada and Shelley Deeks and Nathasha Crowcroft of the Lana School of Public Health in Toronto. “Other opportunities presented by mobile technologies that could be exploited to improve immunization information systems include mobile reporting of adverse events following immunization, the capacity to scan 2D barcodes, and enabling bi-directional communication between individuals and public health officials.”

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