QR codes on vaccines can help reduce errors, collect EHR data

QR codes placed on vaccine products helped providers automatically upload patient data to electronic health records, and added vaccination data to the provider's state immunization registry without the risk of manual data entry errors or incomplete information, according to the results of a pilot study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The results are critical, CDC officials said, because "even if the information is typed into electronic medical records or immunization information systems, there can still be errors," EHR Intelligence reported. "The vaccine data can also be missing or incorrect within Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System reports. The lot number is critical in instances such as a product recall," the CDC said. Article