EHRs help pinpoint where children lack immunizations

Electronic health records can be used to pinpoint areas where a significant number of children lack vaccinations, according to a new study from Kaiser Permanente.

Statistical software can be used to match EHRs with home addresses and to detect clusters where parents have rejected vaccinations for their children at a higher rate, the San Jose Mercury News reports. A number of clusters in San Francisco and the surrounding counties were identified, and with that information physicians can target vaccination efforts and detect disease outbreaks faster.

Kaiser studied 154,000 children between birth and age 3. Article