First-of-its-kind initiative will let Ontarians use CANImmunize to access and update official immunization records held by the province
Ottawa, November 30th, 2018 /CNW/ - Building on successful public health reporting pilot projects in Ottawa and Kingston, Ontarians will soon be able to use CANImmunize to immediately see and download their own, and their families’ official immunization records held by the province. CANImmunize, the popular digital immunization record for iOS and Android devices, and on the web, allows Canadians to securely manage their immunizations at the touch of a fingertip. Now, the CANImmunize team is working to bridge the gap between citizens’ immunization records and their public health units.
“Immunization is one of the most effective ways to prevent disease but tracking immunizations has been challenging,” says CANImmunize team-lead Dr. Kumanan Wilson, who is also a senior scientist and physician at The Ottawa Hospital and professor at theUniversity of Ottawa. “We built CANImmunize to empower people, but we also recognize that we can help the health system by allowing citizens and public health units across Ontario to access the same immunization records.”
As part of Project Spark, CANImmunize will make it easier for Ontarians to view, download and add to their official immunization information that is currently held by the province, directly from their personal digital devices. Project Spark is an Ontario initiative that allows digital health innovators such as CANImmunize, to flow provincial health information into the hands of patients and their health services providers. Parents of school-aged children, who are required to have up-to-date records for daycare and school entry, may benefit from an alternative way of reporting any new or missing vaccinations directly to the provincial immunization database.
A successful Ontario-wide project will also pave the way towards moving immunization records digitally between provinces. With the help of CANImmunize, people could eventually download their immunization records from one province’s immunization database and bring that information with them digitally to another province or territory.
"We are grateful to be supported by thePublic Health Agency of Canada and excited to be innovating with the Province of Ontario as we use digital technology to both empower Canadians with their health information and improve the quality of information held by the health system,” says Dr. Wilson.
CANImmunize was developed by The OttawaHospital mHealth Lab at Algonquin College, led by Dr. Wilson in an effort to empower Canadians to better manage their own immunization records. The app has been downloaded over 270,000 times to date and has recently been cited by theEuropean Center for Disease Control (ECDC) as a model for consumer facing immunization solutions. CANImmunize.ca is an accredited resource by the WorldHealth Organization’s Vaccine Safety Net.
To learn more about CANImmunize, visit www.canimmunize.ca.