Improving Vaccination Quality, Recordkeeping
Many parts of the world still rely on paper immunization records. As people and families move, accurate recordkeeping becomes more challenging. To that end, mobile technology is being used in countries such Albania to improve vaccination records. Project Optimize, a collaborative initiative among the World Health Organization, the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) and the Albania Institute of Public Health, leverages a digital database of immunization records that can be updated using mobile devices. It also relies on SMS-based alarms to monitor the temperature of a batch of vaccines, since extreme heat can damage the vaccines.