Kicking off the news for nurses this week is a great look at how technology integration in health care systems can be used in deceptively simple ways to improve standard health practices like getting vaccinations. One study looked at how using an electronic health record to text health reminders to patients could improve HPV vaccination rates.

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Woman-Using-Smart-Phone-HPVThe research study was published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. The researchers looked at more than six thousand patients who got text messages reminding them they were due for starting the HPV vaccination series or, later, due for continuing the series of shots.

The study had remarkable results. Depending on ages of patients in the study the study have varying success but all results were positive. In patients ages 9-18, they were three times more likely to start the HPV series and ten times more likely to complete it. For women ages 19 to 26 they were six times more likely to start HPV vaccination and eight times more likely to complete the vaccine series.

Because these patients are not as likely to go to the doctors because they aren’t often ill, it is not as likely that they’ll be getting face-to-face advice on getting preventative medicine interventions. Using an automated electronic health record generated text messaging system is a novel approach to get information out to young patients about preventative medicine.

This is important because, according to the article at HealthDay.com on this study, 80% of the sexually active population needs to get vaccinated for HPV in order for the vaccine to make a significant difference in immunological terms. Check out the article for yourself and the study in the link in the show notes.

Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Increasing Role of Nurse Practitioners and Episode 347.

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