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Authors

  1. Evanson, Heather V. MPH
  2. Reed, Jenica Huddleston DrPH, MS
  3. Cox, Regina MPH
  4. Clinthorne, Ashley Daily PhD
  5. Williams, Warren W. MPH
  6. Vallero, Judi MD, PhD
  7. Rodgers, Loren PhD
  8. Greene, Michael MA
  9. Koeppl, Patrick PhD
  10. Gerlach, Ken MPH

Abstract

Background: Small fonts on vaccine labels make manually recording vaccine data in patient records time-consuming and challenging. Vaccine 2-dimensional (2D) barcode scanning is a promising alternative to manually recording these data.

 

Problem: While vaccine 2D barcode scanning assists in data entry, adoption of scanning technology is still low.

 

Approach: Pilot sites (n = 27) within a health system scanned 2D barcodes to record vaccine data for 6 months. The time to record through scanning and nonscanning methods was measured for 13 vaccinators at 9 sites. A survey was administered to participants across all sites about their experience.

 

Outcomes: On average, 22 seconds were saved per vaccine scanned versus entered manually (7 vs 29 seconds, respectively). Participants reported preference for scanning over other vaccine entry options and identified benefits of scanning.

 

Conclusion: Expanded use of 2D barcode scanning can meaningfully improve clinical practices by improving efficiency and staff satisfaction during vaccine data entry.