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Developing an electronic information system to track vaccination distribution is a “critical priority” for Nova Scotia, a report found after assessing the province’s experience with H1N1.

Developing an electronic information system to track vaccination distribution is a “critical priority” for Nova Scotia, a report found after assessing the province’s experience with H1N1.

“Using an electronic system will allow us to synthesize data very quickly and make important decisions in a more timely manner,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer for Health Promotion and Protection.

Strang said he hopes a system will be implemented over the next few years and could not speak to the cost.

“It’s about having the right tools to guide public health work on a day-to-day basis, as well as whenever the next emergency comes around,” said Strang, adding the province does not know for certain how many Nova Scotians were vaccinated because at the time of the pandemic, there was no comprehensive system.

The report released yesterday by the Department of Health Promotion and Protection summarized the province’s experience with H1N1 in 2009-10.

A better relationship and communication between public and primary health are among the “lessons learned.”

The study also said the province needs to expand on the use of social media during a pandemic to reach a younger demographic.

 
 
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