Technology is integral to successful implementation in many projects, through either support or integration or both. Name at least one technology that could improve the implementation process and the outcomes of your EBP project. Do you plan to use this technology? If not, what are the barriers that prevent its use?
Kimberly s response
One way in which technology is important in my EBP is by the utilization of the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR). This system was originally created in 1998 to be a database which held childhood immunization registries. It has since been further developed due to the change in the Michigan Public Health Code. It now includes not only children but citizens of all ages. It is a program which allows all providers including pharmacies, schools, and other health care organizations to input immunization information into one comprehensive record (MCIR, n.d.). It also includes things such as hearing and vision testing and lead testing. Because lead testing is found in this database, it would help me to identify children who may be at a higher risk of lead exposure from addresses located within the database as well as if they have had lead testing done.
Another avenue which I may decide to look at would be the Women, Infant, Children (WIC) program. They use a database provided by the State of Michigan which provides a central schedule. If I identify families who may need education regarding lead I can see if they have an appointment and, if so, offer them lead education.
As far as utilizing this technology, I am unsure right now. If I need to after talking at more length with my mentor, I will not hesitate to use it. It is my plan to develop a pamphlet which can be handed out to high risk families which would mean I would not need to use the database. If CCPHD would like a more targeted approach, then I will utilize WIC and MCIR which would allow me names and addresses of families in high risk areas.
MCIR. (n.d.). Improving healthcare in Michigan. Retrieved from https://www.mcir.org/