The KIDSNET Story: Can a Medical-Information System Improve Public Health? Case Solution

This Case is about GOVERNMENT, HEALTH, INNOVATION, IT, LEADERSHIP, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, STRATEGIC PLANNING

PUBLICATION DATE: September 27, 2005 PRODUCT #: HKS470-HCB-ENG

The medical “informatics” system was designed to monitor vital public health data-such as immunizations-and allow it to be accessible to the health care providers and public health plans across the state. “Informatics,” in other words, was to enhance child well-being by ensuring that any physician or emergency room in the state could quickly and conveniently become conscious of crucial aspects of any kid’s medical history. The system was to be completely functional by the year 2000. KIDSNET was monitoring immunizations for but 43 percent of babies and just 31 percent of the clinics and physicians’ offices in Rhode Island were submitting immunization data. HKS Instance Amount 1800.0

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