Den­ver Health gets HANDI,

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Den­ver Health has fig­ured out a way to use a smart­phone for some­thing other than tweet­ing, Face­book­ing or play­ing Words with Friends.

The Colorado public health or­ga­ni­za­tion has cre­ated an app that as­sists public-health work­ers with mass im­mu­niza­tion events, and is work­ing on ex­pand­ing the soft­ware’s use to other ar­eas, such as in public health out­reach when work­ers col­lect pa­tient in­for­ma­tion in a com­mu­nity. The app is called Hand-held Au­to­mated No­ti­fi­ca­tion for Drugs and Im­mu­niza­tions, which con­ve­niently means HANDI.

In a vac­ci­na­tion sce­nario, HANDI is used by scan­ning pa­tient data into an iphone or other such de­vice and then com­bin­ing it with other in­for­ma­tion taken ver­bally and en­tered by a health­care worker.

Though the app didn’t speed the im­mu­niza­tion process when tested by Den­ver Health, it did save a lot of time and ef­fort on the back end where a lot of cum­ber­some data en­try his­tor­i­cally takes place, says Melissa Mcclung, an epi­demi­ol­o­gist for Den­ver Health who wrote about HANDI in a blog post­ing on the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion web­site. In ad­di­tion, “data were avail­able for trans­fer to state im­mu­niza­tion reg­istries in near real-time in­stead of months af­ter­ward,” she wrote.

Don’t look for it at an app store—its se­cu­rity and tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments won’t al­low it—but Den­ver Health is ea­ger to share its ex­pe­ri­ences with oth­ers and is work­ing on trans­form­ing HANDI into a univer­sal tool.


The app lets of­fi­cials scan a driver’s li­cense to help cre­ate a unique bar-coded la­bel for each pa­tient.

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