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BD's VaxiNet Platform to Boost U.S. Immunization Efforts
- Mobile, Scalable System Improves Care; Helps Manage, Track and Study Infectious Diseases -

SAN DIEGO, Oct 10, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Booth 1208, Infectious Diseases Society of America 41st Annual Meeting -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX) today launched its VaxiNet(TM) Data Management Platform, a mobile, paperless tracking system designed to help hospitals, clinics, healthcare professionals and public health agencies provide rapid and safe mass immunizations. VaxiNet can play an integral role in programs designed to manage current and emerging public health threats, ranging from influenza to smallpox. VaxiNet helps healthcare providers and public health officials to record, store, share and analyze patient data and information and more effectively plan and manage immunization programs.

"Whether the goal is to systematically provide large numbers of people with the flu vaccine or gear up quickly for a bio-terror emergency in the field, VaxiNet helps healthcare providers and public health officials effectively manage the immunization process and, in doing so, enhance the quality of care," said Gary Cohen, president, BD Medical.

How VaxiNet works

The VaxiNet Platform is a software system that manages the immunization process by organizing it into five steps:

  • Enrollment and screening
  • Digital signing of informed consent on a tablet PC
  • Vaccine administration
  • Follow-up exams and remote diary card completion, including digital imaging
  • Remote analysis of adverse events and follow-up

The VaxiNet Platform can be customized for specific vaccination programs, ranging from community and worksite immunizations to bio-terror response in the field. VaxiNet allows the tracking and sharing of data, such as complication rates, in real-time, which makes it possible for healthcare providers to react immediately to problems. Trends can be shared to enhance immunization efforts nationally. In addition, VaxiNet reduces the potential for medication errors and associated risk by allowing for an informed consent process that includes checkpoints, such as on-screen patient and clinician signatures.

The VaxiNet system encrypts data transmissions and includes several data management redundancies. VaxiNet is customizable to meet health institutions' specific requirements for privacy (such as compliance with HIPAA), security and compatibility with existing infrastructure and training. Such specific needs will be addressed via strategic partnerships with leading global systems integrators, including HP.

"VaxiNet is part of BD's commitment to protecting people by supporting immunization programs worldwide," said Cohen.

About BD

BD is a medical technology company that serves healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, industry and the general public. BD manufactures and sells a broad range of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2002, BD reported total revenues of $4.033 billion.

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CONTACT: Karen Carolonza of BD Public Relations, 201-847-7033, or 908-313-8398, karen_carolonza@bd.com ; or Ann Bartling of Edelman, 312-240-2619, ann.bartling@edelman.com

SOURCE BD

Karen Carolonza of BD Public Relations, +1-201-847-7033, or
+1-908-313-8398, karen_carolonza@bd.com ; or Ann Bartling of Edelman,
+1-312-240-2619, ann.bartling@edelman.com

http://www.bd.com