Mobile based vaccination reminding and tracking system
Immunization is one of the most important aspects related to children’s health and safety. However, vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) are still responsible for over 5 lakh deaths annually in India. This idea is aimed towards solving this problem by introducing an automatic yet simple mobile based reminding and feedback system which can provide parents with timely reminders in their local/regional languages regarding next scheduled vaccination. Also, it allows healthcare provider to send feedback and status update to track which vaccines have been given by means of sms.
Immunization is one of the most important aspects related to children’s health and safety. However, vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) are still responsible for over 5 lakh deaths annually in India. About 1.5 million children die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases. More than 70 percent of the world’s unvaccinated children live in 10 countries with large populations and weak immunization systems. One more difficulty faced by the parents and the health organization is keeping the track of the immunization status of children needed to ensure proper and timely vaccination.
Mobile based vaccination reminding and tracking system
This idea is aimed towards solving this problem by introducing an automatic yet simple mobile based reminding and feedback system which can provide parents with timely reminders in their local/regional languages regarding next scheduled vaccination. Also, it allows healthcare provider to send feedback and status update to track which vaccines have been given by means of sms.
The system comprises of a central server which keeps the record of vaccinations administered to each child and also schedule for the next vaccine. When the child is taken to the vaccination booth the first time after administrating the vaccines the health care provider sends an sms to a toll free number containing a few information like parents mobile number( can be used as a ID also), vaccine administered, and next vaccine to be administered( if there is a deviation from standard).
The server receives this sms and generates a reminder accordingly. During the period of next vaccination, parent shall receive automated voice call in their local language reminding about the next vaccine to be given to their child. They will also receive a sms having the same information.
Once the concerned parents are reminded about the vaccine, they will be more likely to come for the vaccine, and then they can show the health care provider the sms which can be used as reference for what vaccine is to be administered now. And after giving that sends the sms to the toll free number with the updated information about the next vaccine.
If the updated information is not received by the server within stipulated time and/or multiple phone calls go un-answered, the system can raise a flag indicating a possible dropout case which the authorities can take action upon. If the parent mobile number is changed, the system updates itself when the parent comes for the next scheduled vaccination. The HCP may add info about all the previous vaccinations on the server via sms or online as well. The mobile network established here can also be used for getting important parenting information to parents.
Mobile phone is being used many applications fr health care.Here we are emphasizing the use of its capability to provide targeted information to parents in a form which is more suitable to Indian demography and can merge well with available infrastructure in india.for lingually divergent country such as India it is very important to have voice call sin local languages and sms based reminderswouldnotworkfor majority of parent in the low income cadre and simple sms based feedback by health care professional regarding immunity status of each child needed so that we can avoid additional hardware and gadgets which would create implementaiton issues.
The system can allow for digitizing parent-chid data very quickly as compared to urrent pratice of first recording it on paper and then typing it into the online system.
Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?
The primary benefactor from this idea would be the parents and children their families in India. Secondarily the idea will also supplement on-going government schemes such as mother and child tracking system to track immunization status and prevent drop-outs.
How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?
A low volume version of the server can be set up at significantly low cost. The initial testing can be done with a limited number of parents who come for vaccination on voluntary basis and their feedback can be collected in a months time.
What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?
We would like to understand possible implementation issues from field experts and also, the possible failure modes which need to be addressed.
The mobile network can also be used to spread more information to parents, we can explore how some other ideas can also to integrated to this.
Medical personal's help would be to provide feedback on what information is needed to be kept on server.
Partner organizations to support the implementation in various regions.
Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?
Yes. I am ready and interested in testing this idea and making it real in my community.