Australia’s active vaccine safety system
The AusVaxSafety team would like to congratulate our Perth-based collaborator Dr Alan Leeb who received the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Excellence in Healthcare award last month. Dr Leeb was acknowledged for renewing confidence in childhood vaccines through the innovative adverse events tracking system, SmartVax.
SmartVax is a software program that uses SMS and smartphone technology to actively monitor vaccine safety in real time. SmartVax extracts immunisation data from practice software and sends a series of SMS messages inquiring if patients have experienced any reactions after vaccination. De-identified data is submitted to AusVaxSafety for analysis and reporting of de-identified data to all states, territories and the Therapeutic Goods Administration, facilitating early detection of potential vaccine safety issues.
This is a significant achievement for the entire SmartVax team. Various media articles on Dr Leeb’s success are available to read at AMA, AMA (WA), Medical Republic and Mirage News.
You can also view Dr Leeb’s award presentation and a preview of the AMA National Congress here. The latest AusVaxSafety data is available here.
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