July 31, 2013 -- In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) celebrated the new decade by introducing a next-generation software tool that took vaccine ordering, tracking and management to the next level. With its Vaccine Tracking System (VTrckS), healthcare workers can now order and track their vaccines in real-time as well as forecast the number of vaccines they need in future orders, easily track vaccine lot numbers for better inventory records, and manage their vaccine budgets all online. This improves the efficiency and accountability of public dollars used to purchase vaccines. The CDC rolled out VTrckS across all state and jurisdictional grantees from April 2012 to May 2013.
VTrckS works through an interactive, privacy-protected interface, similar to an electronic health record. Healthcare workers initially place an order through VTrckS by referencing data in their state’s immunization information system (IIS). The VTrckS application is available through download, but use of the downloaded version is very technical. For healthcare workers to easily access and use VTrckS, the software must be integrated with the state’s IIS, a complex task with numerous challenges.