The EHR or other clinical software system creates a list of immunizations to be administered within a specified time frame.
Dr. Smith is able to view a schedule of immunizations due over the next 3 years for Juana Maria Gonzales Morales. The schedule includes the recommended dates, minimum (earliest) date, ideal date, and maximum (latest) date for each vaccine. The report can be viewed and printed to share with Juana Maria’s mother.
This capability provides a new immunization forecast after administering a vaccine or a number of vaccines to a patient. The purpose of the new forecast is to advise the provider and the patient about the timing of future immunizations. The capability is specifically vague about the amount of information to provide since clinical practice should decide the most appropriate content. Some feedback suggests that too much information can be confusing. For example, a forecast for a one-year old child may not need to include all vaccine doses due through age 18. If the next dose in the series is administered late, the timing for all subsequent doses may need to be modified. Therefore, some suggest that only the next dose of each vaccine should be included and that the forecast should cover only a limited age range. Also, the updated forecast report has two audiences. First, the physician and the office staff will use it to advise the patient and to arrange future appointments and set reminders. Secondly, the provider may share the forecast report with the patient as part of care planning activities.
Only 25% of products evaluated include future immunization requirements in the immunization history report provided to patients.
Usability evaluation such as a UCD process may inform the content and presentation for this forecast report. Such a UCD process should address the various users as the content and presentation will likely vary depending on the user.
- Vendor Perspectives. Usability evaluation such as a UCD process may inform the content and presentation for an updated forecast report. Such a UCD process should address the various users as the content and presentation will likely vary depending on the user.
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There are no data elements for this capability.