Getting an Immunization Registry Up and Running After Its Software Vendor Goes Bankrupt in Nevada

Immunization registries don't constitute a large or profitable market for private vendors of registry software and in 1998, only a dozen or so registry software vendors served all the registries in the country.

Unfortunately, the one vendor that served the largest number of health information projects—including three All Kids Count projects—went bankrupt in September 1998, resulting in a crisis for all of the registries using that vendor's registry products.

Their options were limited: They could attempt to support their current software or choose to buy or develop new software.

Staff at the Nevada All Kids Count immunization registry project managed by BDCIS decided to buy new software and they worked through 1999 to install a new registry system in order to meet the goal of becoming functional by the year's end.