5 Ways a Vaccine CDS Tool Will Help Your Practice

When we work hard at preventing diseases through vaccines, everyone wins: Families, communities, and our practices. The pandemic has brought challenges, meaning families are frightened to attend well visits and immunizations. Parents might think it’s acceptable to delay vaccines. However, pediatricians know that’s not reasonable and comes with the risk of a second public health emergency from a vaccine-preventable disease.

To succeed at keeping patients current with vaccines, you need a clinical decision support (CDS) tool. Here are five ways a CDS tool will help your practice.

1. Patient Population Knowledge

Giving good care to your patients starts with understanding who they are. For example, do you have a way to identify all 5-year-old patients so you can contact them over the summer and remind them of school-mandated vaccines? Can you identify and close care gaps for 16-year-olds who need their second MCV4? A CDS tool will sort this data for you.

2. Vaccine Forecasting

The most fundamental CDS tool pediatricians want is vaccine forecasting, including catch-up schedules. With combination vaccines, age specifications, and minimal intervals, having a tool to check your mental processes reduces errors. Prompting team members when vaccines are due decreases missed opportunities to vaccinate. A good immunization CDS tool puts that information in front of employees and families.

3. Inventory Management

Most pediatricians have the additional challenge of providing vaccines from two different sources: Vaccines for Children and private stock. Managing two separate inventories, minimizing errors for using the wrong stock, and having the ability to integrate inventory within the EHR can reduce practice burden.

4. Cost Efficiency

Vaccines are the second most costly item for pediatric practices, surpassed only by payroll. When managed with a tool that facilitates inventory needs based on patients’ ages, vaccines can be a source of profit. Knowing current stock — and how much money is in that refrigerator! — can inform smart decisions for vaccine ordering.

5. Healthier Outcomes

When children are vaccinated, patients, families, and communities are healthier. By partnering with families, you can be the difference between a preventable outbreak and a protected community.

Let families know you’re open, providing safe care, including well visits. Ask what’s stopping them from getting preventive care and vaccines, then overcome their fears. Get creative and do everything possible to keep your patients current.

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