Campus: CSU Sacramento -- January 03, 2002
CSUS Students Develop Shots for Tots Database
CSUS students are giving a local children's immunization program a shot
in the arm.
The students worked with Shots for Tots to develop a database that will
allow the organization to track and correct problems as it rolls out an
electronic immunization tracking system over the next few years. The students
also designed and built the organization's web site.
The immunization tracking system will give doctors and nurses the ability
to log on and determine if children have had proper immunizations or if
they need others. Eventually the system will tie into a network that will
allow medical personnel throughout the state to quickly check immunization
The database the students designed is a call-management system. It will
allow Shots for Tots to log and track trouble calls as the immunization
system goes online. Wong said it will make it easier for the organization's
help desk to identify people who may have recurring problems as well as
insure that no trouble call gets lost.
"We got a lot of compliments on the database and the web site,"
said Alan Wong, one of the students who worked on the project. Other students
included James Ly, Bruce Nguyen, Pei-lin Wu and Roland Haag.
The Shots for Tots Regional Coalition and Immunization Registry was founded
in 1994 to improve immunization rates in El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento,
Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties. Its online immunization registry is a
three-year pilot program that will initially involve Yuba and Sutter counties.
It aims to collect and store the immunization records for 90 percent of
children, 2 years old and younger, in seven counties by 2003-an estimated
7,200 children. Its plan includes providing immunization reminders to
parents and physicians.
The students tackled the work as their senior project in computer science,
submitting a proposal to Shots for Tots explaining what they could do
for the organization. "And they picked us," Wong said.
For Wong, the project had an unexpected bonus: It led to job as a programmer
with Shots for Tots.
"I basically do all the technical configuration," he said. "It
worked out pretty well."