Why Most States Have Ditched CDC’s Vaccine Data System

Most states have chosen to pay for alternative systems or use paper-based recording methods rather than using the CDC’s new $ 44 million COVID-19 vaccine data management system, according to the report. a January 30 report. MIT Technology Review report.

The vaccine administration management system, called VAMS, was designed by consulting firm Deloitte. In May, the CDC gave Deloitte $ 16 million to build and manage the COVID-19 vaccine delivery and delivery tracking system, and it gave the company an additional $ 28 million for the project in December.

The CDC wanted Deloitte to put in place a system to streamline the entire national COVID-19 vaccination campaign, including vaccination registrations, planning, inventory tracking and reporting.

However, since states began immunizing their populations, most have abandoned VAMS. Many have made agreements to use other computer systems, while others have stopped using VAMS without replacing it, placing the responsibility of overwhelmed county health departments for immunization planning and disease management. data.

Even though VAMS is free for states, many have concluded that the problems with the system outweigh the benefits of using it. Employees of clinics, hospitals and public health departments in several states said MIT Technology Review the system often randomly cancels appointments, prevents users from registering, and locks staff out of the dashboard.

Employees familiar with VAMS also said MIT Technology Review The system’s user interface is not conducive to a mass vaccination effort, as it only works in Google Chrome, lacks an easy-to-use mobile format, and is inaccessible to older Americans less familiar with the use of digital systems.

It is not known how many states are using VAMS, as a CDC spokesperson said MIT Technology Review these data have not yet been made public. However, a spokesperson for Deloitte told the outlet that “10 jurisdictions, three federal agencies and one hospital system” are current users.

The CDC recognizes that VAMS has malfunctions that need to be addressed, although the agency attributes some of the problems to user error.

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