What is CANImmunize?
Dr. Kumanan Wilson and his team at the Ottawa Hospital mHealth Lab created CANImmunize as a way of empowering Canadians to easily track their vaccination records. CANImmunize has grown to become a national platform, allowing people to securely manage their records on their Android and iOS devices, and soon on the web for free. The team believes the best way to improve vaccination rates is by equipping Canadians with the information they need to make informed decisions about vaccination and easily manage their own information using everyday digital tools. The Ottawa Hospital mHealth Lab manages and maintains CANImmunize with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Key CANImmunize features:
• Receive reminders about upcoming vaccinations right to your home screen
• Access resources about vaccination during pregnancy, for children, and travelers from trusted Canadian health sources
• Learn about outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in your area
Ottawa parents can also report vaccination records for children under 16 to Ottawa Public Health (in partnership with BORN) . The team has even created a digital comic on vaccinations for the youngest Canadians
How do BORN and CANImmunize work together?
BORN and the CANImmunize team partnered in 2015 to support families in Ottawa to report immunization records to Ottawa Public Health using their mobile devices for children aged 16 and under. Following the success of this initiative, reporting functionality is now being expanded to additional Public Health Units across the province, including the Kingston and Toronto regions.
In its role as a prescribed registry, BORN is working to support a greater understanding of pediatric immunization coverage in Ontario and to serve as a provincial ‘safety net’ to help ensure all children in Ontario are offered appropriate immunizations. BORN is working with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Public Health Units and CANImmunize to help support the goals and objectives of Immunize 2020, the MOHLTC’s strategic framework to modernize Ontario’s publicly funded immunization program.
Leveraging information in the BORN registry on every pregnancy and birth in the province, BORN’s future goals to support Immunize 2020 include:
• Development of a “Missed Immunization” report for health care providers
• Providing notifications to the appropriate health care provider of maternal and infant health conditions and/or medications that may be relevant to an immunization schedule. For example, biologics or immunosuppressants taken during pregnancy may alter the recommended immunization schedule for an infant
• Examining prenatal and birth factors that may increase or decrease the risk for an adverse event following an immunization
• Reporting on immunization schedule adherence in vulnerable populations, such as children with medical complexity