BACKGROUND The EU has recently recognized immunization programs as key prevention tools to reduce the burden and related costs of infectious diseases in Europe. Information and communica- tions technology (ICT) has a great potential to enhance immunization programs. We present the EUVIS (EUrope Vaccines ICT Strategies) project: a three year project coordinated by the University of Parma, Italy. OBJECTIVES General aim of EUVIS is to systematically assess the current use of ICT in immunization programs in all EU countries. In particular, to systematically assess: 1. the implementation of computerized immunization regis- tries in Europe 2. how health authorities are applying ICT to educate the general public on immunization and to contrast the growing phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy 3. how ICT are applied to community-based and providers-based interventions aimed at increasing vaccine uptake METHODS The project will develop along three consecutive phases: i) conduction of systematic literature reviews and meta-analysis, ii) conduction of three large-scale surveys among EU Member States, iii) dissemination of findings, models and best practices in the European context. A scientific committee (SC) has been appointed to provide scientific expertise. Members of the SC were selected among world leading experts in the field of infectious diseases, immunization, health education and communication. Expected outcomes We will be able to assess the current use of ICT at different levels of immunization programs in all EU countries. In addition we will collect available data on effectiveness of intervention hat apply ICT, perceived barriers and future potential use and capabilities of ICT in the field of immunization. Our findings will be of fundamental importance to share best practices and as well as to inform public health authorities and policy makers with the ultimate aim to accelerate vaccine preventable diseases control in Europe. KEY MESSAGES Information and communications technology has a great potential to enhance immunization programs in Europe as it can be applied to surveillance, monitoring, education and communication actions Systematically assess the current use of ICT in immunization programs in all EU countries will allow to share best practices as well as to build solid evidence to inform public health authorities

Information & Communication Technology to enhance immunization in Europe: the EUVIS project protocol / Signorelli, C; Odone, A; Merli, C; Lopalco, P. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH. - ISSN 1101-1262. - 25(2015), pp. 22-22. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 8th European Public Health Conference tenutosi a Milano nel 14-17 Ottobre 2015.

Information & Communication Technology to enhance immunization in Europe: the EUVIS project protocol

SIGNORELLI, Carlo;ODONE, Anna;MERLI, MARIA CECILIA;
2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND The EU has recently recognized immunization programs as key prevention tools to reduce the burden and related costs of infectious diseases in Europe. Information and communica- tions technology (ICT) has a great potential to enhance immunization programs. We present the EUVIS (EUrope Vaccines ICT Strategies) project: a three year project coordinated by the University of Parma, Italy. OBJECTIVES General aim of EUVIS is to systematically assess the current use of ICT in immunization programs in all EU countries. In particular, to systematically assess: 1. the implementation of computerized immunization regis- tries in Europe 2. how health authorities are applying ICT to educate the general public on immunization and to contrast the growing phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy 3. how ICT are applied to community-based and providers-based interventions aimed at increasing vaccine uptake METHODS The project will develop along three consecutive phases: i) conduction of systematic literature reviews and meta-analysis, ii) conduction of three large-scale surveys among EU Member States, iii) dissemination of findings, models and best practices in the European context. A scientific committee (SC) has been appointed to provide scientific expertise. Members of the SC were selected among world leading experts in the field of infectious diseases, immunization, health education and communication. Expected outcomes We will be able to assess the current use of ICT at different levels of immunization programs in all EU countries. In addition we will collect available data on effectiveness of intervention hat apply ICT, perceived barriers and future potential use and capabilities of ICT in the field of immunization. Our findings will be of fundamental importance to share best practices and as well as to inform public health authorities and policy makers with the ultimate aim to accelerate vaccine preventable diseases control in Europe. KEY MESSAGES Information and communications technology has a great potential to enhance immunization programs in Europe as it can be applied to surveillance, monitoring, education and communication actions Systematically assess the current use of ICT in immunization programs in all EU countries will allow to share best practices as well as to build solid evidence to inform public health authorities
Information & Communication Technology to enhance immunization in Europe: the EUVIS project protocol / Signorelli, C; Odone, A; Merli, C; Lopalco, P. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH. - ISSN 1101-1262. - 25(2015), pp. 22-22. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 8th European Public Health Conference tenutosi a Milano nel 14-17 Ottobre 2015.
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