“Our partnership with CANImmunize is helping us modernize our operations while making it simpler for staff and their families to get their flu shots at a crucial time in our COVID-19 response.”
– Guy Chartrand, President and CEO of Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital, Ottawa
Logistically, from supply chains to getting the vaccine into people’s arms, there are several challenges to address:
Multiple COVID-19 vaccines, each with a unique safety and effectiveness profile
Solutions for the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out will need to: Distinguish between multiple vaccines on the market at the same time
Some will need at least two doses and may require yearly vaccination
Solutions for the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out will need to: Ensure people know which vaccine they received and send reminders to get a booster of the same vaccine
Vaccination clinics are logistically complicated
Solutions for the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out will need to: Track vaccines given to individuals, including vulnerable Canadians who do not have easy access to health care
Optimal vaccine uptake will be crucial to preventing the spread of the virus
Solutions for the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out will need to: Help Canadians know if they are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as eligibility requirements change
CANImmunize offers solutions to:
Digitally track vaccinations at the individual level
Remind people of upcoming vaccinations
Find standardized terminology and COVID-19 vaccine product information
Monitor the safety and adverse event profile of multiple COVID-19 vaccines
Help hospitals, governments and businesses run large vaccination clinics efficiently and safely
Digitally capture real-time data in mass immunization clinics
Inform Canadians about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility requirements
CANImmunize solutions are powered by the Canadian Vaccine Catalogue, the standards-based source of truth for vaccine terminology and vaccine product information in Canada. This allows accurate, high-quality data capture at the time of immunization and for different provincial systems to exchange data coded in a standardized way.
Thanks to funding from the Public Health of Agency of Canada, CANImmunize offers solutions to vaccinate Canadians against COVID-19.
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Launched at Bruyere Continuing Care and Your Health Votre Sante Medical Clinic, CANImmunize Clinic Flow gives organizations end-to-end immunization clinic management:
Patients can digitally book appointments, complete COVID-19 screening and provide digital consent for immunization prior to vaccination
Vaccine administrators digitally document vaccination details (e.g. vaccine product, lot number, etc.) at the time of vaccination
After immunization, patients receive a digital immunization receipt and can upload it directly into their free CANImmunize record
Organization receives patient data with consent, as applicable
We are in discussions with a national partner to support a potential mass influenza vaccination program among vulnerable older adults. CANImmunize is providing content expertise to the project as well as the Clinic Flow Module to digitally record and store vaccine data in the field. This will lay a foundation for the mass rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine by providing data capture, digital receipts to immunized individuals and reminders to return for booster vaccination.
Sharing immunization information across systems
The Canadian Vaccine Catalogue
The CVC will include standardized terminology and COVID-19 vaccine product information to enable the real-time capture and digital exchange of immunization recordsacross healthcare domains and jurisdictions. It is currently in use across Canada.
The CVC will be critical to the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine as potentially 6 different vaccines will be available, which will have to be distinguished for safety and effectiveness assessments as well as to ensure individuals receive the correct booster dose.
This digital screening tool can be adapted to help adults and healthcare providers understand guidelines, safety and eligibility for receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine.
It can be repurposed to guide Canadians to determine their eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine. This will be essential as the eligibility criteria for this vaccine will be continually changing.
Mobile reporting of adverse events following immunization (AEFIs)
CANImmunize is partnering with the Canadian Immunization Research Network’s CANVAS program and building capability into the app to allow for mobile reporting of AEFIs, which will be essential for public safety when a COVID-19 vaccine comes to the market.
A randomized controlled trial of app-based reporting versus standard methods is being conducted this fall.
This prototype can be adapted for the COVID-19 vaccine and will have the necessary integration with the CANVAS network.
Partner: The Centre for Innovation and Research in Aging, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Immunization tracking for those living in Assisted Living Centres / Long-term Care
CANImmunize is building functionality for immunization tracking for seniors living in retirement residences and their caregivers, while providing data back to residence administrators. This will be important in managing COVID-19 outbreaks in these settings.
We will evaluate the impact of this on senior’s influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates, in preparation for a COVID-19 rollout.
This project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Healthy Seniors Pilot Project.
We have designed a prototype which has the potential to be brought into widespread use across the country. If there is interest in this solution, we would request funds to provide for this scaling of the solution.
CANImmunize is a technology company specializing in immunization software. It developed the CANImmunize platform, a pan-Canadian digital immunization tracking system to help Canadians keep track of their vaccinations with a mobile app and web portal. The team offers digital solutions to businesses, health care organizations and governments for vaccinations and tracking, and is preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Co-founded and led by Dr. Kumanan Wilson, an internal medicine physician, scientist and international thought leader in digital health, the CANImmunize team brings over 10 years of experience developing digital immunization solutions that are grounded in the latest science andadaptable to emerging evidence.
Since 2011, with generous support from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the CANImmunize app has provided Canadians with a way to digitally record, track their vaccinations and be reminded of when their next vaccination is due. In 2019, CANImmunize spun out from The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa into a startup company. Our deep knowledge and expertise in the science of vaccination, vaccination program infrastructure and delivery in the Canadian context sets us apart from our competitors, making our business well-equipped and ready to support the roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine.CANImmunize is also an award-winning and internationally recognized pan-Canadian digital immunization platform.
Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada
Recognized by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and Deloitte Global as a model for consumer-facing immunization solutions
Certified by the World Health Organization's VaccineSafteyNet
Awarded the Canadian Wireless and Telecommunication Association's Connected with the Community Award
Identified as a leading achievement of the Federal Health Minister in 2014
Leading practice of the Health Standards organization