COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is launching a new immunization information system to provide South Carolinians easier access to essential immunizations, according to a news release.
The DHEC says this new system, the Statewide Immunization Online Network (SIMON), will replace the previous system to provide a more streamlined, easy-to-use process for immunization providers to order vaccines and manage inventory for anyone using federal and state vaccine programs.
The new system will allow the DHEC to assess and address immunization coverage rates across South Carolina, according to a news release.
“South Carolina’s transition to SIMON is a monumental upgrade for our state’s immunizations program and the timing of this transition couldn’t be better,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, interim DHEC Public Health Director. “With COVID-19’s continued prevalence across our state, one of the few things we can do to protect ourselves from this deadly virus is stay as healthy as possible and avoid contracting vaccine-preventable diseases like mumps, measles, chicken pox and whooping cough. SIMON provides immunization providers access to an individual’s comprehensive immunization record.”
The DHEC says since the start of the COVID pandemic, South Carolina has seen a reduction in routine pediatric vaccine orders, and this improved system will help providers ensure more children and adults receive immunizations.
A few key improvements with SIMON include;
- Patient reminders.
- Patient portal for clients obtaining their immunization record.
- Real-time vaccine inventory management for providers.
- Accurate reporting options such as geographic and statewide coverage rate assessments.
- Mass vaccination module to allow quick data entry of immunizations given.
“We are very excited to introduce SIMON to DHEC and the South Carolina immunization provider community,” said Stephen White, DHEC’s Director of Immunizations. “SIMON will place South Carolina in a much better position of utilizing an immunization information system, to aid in our state’s future decisions with targeting areas of low immunization coverage rates across the state.”
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