Electronic health records are making it easier for providers in the St. Louis area to ensure that their patients are vaccinated against measles.
Many may simply have forgotten to get their shot, St. Louis Public Radio reports, so the EHR helps physicians quickly pull data on who needs a vaccination.
For instance, it took only 72 hours for IT technicians at Mercy Clinic in St. Louis to pull together the needed information, Howard Schlansky, Mercy Clinic's medical director for pediatrics, says in the article.
"It's much easier now. Before, you used to have to pull in charts one by one," Amy Pogue, an office manager for two Mercy Clinic locations, tells St. Louis Public Radio. "It's actually shocking how many parents do not realize what the vaccine schedule is, and thought they had already had the measles vaccine." Article