June 2002

Grant Results

National Program

All Kids Count

SUMMARY

  • Annual birth cohort: 13,000
  • Geographic area: State of Rhode Island
  • Legislation: 1993 legislation allows Department of Health to establish a registry and write regulations
  • Percentage of immunizations given in private sector: Approximately 100 percent.
  • Other sources of funding: Federal, state

Plan Technology for the Future
Rhode Island's KIDSNET, one of the first health information systems to integrate data from multiple public health programs, wanted its registry to meet the needs of Rhode Island's private providers; its success depended on it, since nearly 100 percent of immunizations in the state are given by private sector providers. When the system was planned, most providers had DOS-based systems, so the registry was developed to meet the technical abilities of the greatest numbers of users. But computer technology changed rapidly in the late 1990s, and soon KIDSNET found the DOS-based system was outmoded for most providers. The lesson: When developing an immunization registry or other information system, employ state-of the-art technology. Because all aspects of development and implementation take longer than expected, by the time the system is rolled-out out, most users will have upgraded their systems. Recognizing the need for a new technology solution that would meet providers' needs, KIDSNET staff simultaneously planned for a Web-enabled system and developed a method for providers to report immunizations using bar-code technology.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Rhode Island KIDSNET

Grantee

State of Rhode Island Department of Health (Providence,  RI)

  • Amount: $ 299,906
    Dates: February 1998 to May 2000
    ID#:  033707

Contact

William Hollinshead, M.D., M.P.H.
(401) 222-4655
billh@doh.state.ri.us

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Program Director: David A. Ross, Sc.D.
Former Program Director: William H. Foege, M.D., M.P.H. (December 1991 through July 1997)
Former Program Director: William C. Watson, Jr., M.P.A. (August 1997 through July 2001)

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