November 29, 2001
Student database a booster
for immunization program
California State University, Sacramento
students are giving a local children's immunization program
a shot in the arm.
The students worked with Shots for Tots to develop a database
that will allow the organization to track and correct problems
as it rolls out an electronic immunization tracking system
over the next few years. The students also designed and built
the organization's web site.
The immunization tracking system will give doctors and nurses
the ability to log on and determine if children have had proper
immunizations or if they need others. Eventually the system
will tie into a network that will allow medical personnel
throughout the state to quickly check immunization records.
The database the students designed is a call-management system.
It will allow Shots for Tots to log and track trouble calls
as the immunization system goes online. Wong said it will
make it easier for the organization's help desk to identify
people who may have recurring problems as well as insure that
no trouble call gets lost.
"We got a lot of compliments on the database and the
web site," said Alan Wong, one of the students who worked
on the project. Other students included James Ly, Bruce Nguyen,
Pei-lin Wu and Roland Haag.
The Shots for Tots Regional Coalition and Immunization Registry
was founded in 1994 to improve immunization rates in El Dorado,
Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties.
Its online immunization registry is a three-year pilot program
that will initially involve Yuba and Sutter counties. It aims
to collect and store the immunization records for 90 percent
of children, 2 years old and younger, in seven counties by
2003-an estimated 7,200 children. Its plan includes providing
immunization reminders to parents and physicians.
The students tackled the work as their senior project in computer
science, submitting a proposal to Shots for Tots explaining
what they could do for the organization. "And they picked
us," Wong said.
For Wong, the project had an unexpected bonus: It led to job
as a programmer with Shots for Tots.
"I basically do all the technical configuration,"
he said. "It worked out pretty well."
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