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CDC 2D Vaccine Barcoding Pilot Nearing Sign-up Deadline
Project Seeks to Assess 2D Technology's Ability to Enhance Data Capture
By Matt Brown
The sign-up period for the project, which will assess the challenges and determine best practices for documenting vaccine encounters using 2D barcodes, comes to a close in late February.
- The CDC is initiating a two-dimensional (2D) vaccine barcoding pilot project that will assess the challenges and determine the best practices for labeling and data capture for 2D barcoded vaccines.
- The deadline to enroll is late February.
- The CDC will provide training to pilot participants and furnish barcode scanners configured according to existing practice workflows.
Deadline to Nominate Immunization Champions Looms
The award recognizes individuals from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia who "make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization."
Applications are due to state immunization program managers by Feb. 10. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominees can include physicians and other health care professionals, as well as other immunization leaders.
"2D Data Matrix technology allows for product identification, expiration date and lot number to be encoded on the primary label of each vaccine, which offers a significant advantage over the product identification capability provided by existing linear barcodes," said Kennedy. "Knowing a vaccine lot number can help identify a safety concern with a specific lot and identify patients who may have been vaccinated with (product from) that lot in the case of a recall."
In addition to providing the equipment and technical assistance materials to participants, the CDC said it also will develop related tools and guidance, including a centralized website of barcoding resources for the entire immunization community.
Family physicians and other health care professionals interested in participating in the pilot or looking for more information can contact the pilot team via e-mail.