Arizona’s Vaccine Management System Honored for State Government IT Innovation

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) vaccine scheduling and administration system developed for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been honored for a second time among state government information technology innovations.

Developed by ADHS and MTX Group and using Google Cloud, the system is one of 38 projects selected from among hundreds of entries worldwide for a Google Cloud Customer Award focusing on innovation and execution. Patients used this tool to book vaccination appointments at state-run sites and many other sites across Arizona.

“This system has helped millions of Arizonans get vaccinated while helping providers easily schedule events and enter critical information,” said ADHS Interim Director Don Herrington. “We’re extremely proud of our team for their work, which is continuing to save lives today.”

The vaccine management system includes a vaccine patient portal, available at podvaccine.azdhs.gov, that has allowed patients to book 2.6 million appointments to date while offering information in English and Spanish. The system managed more than 1,700 vaccination events across the state and recorded more than a third of the state’s total COVID-19 vaccinations to date, sending data to the Arizona State Immunization Information System (ASIIS).

Working with local and tribal partners, ADHS launched the vaccine management system in less than three weeks in late 2020 to support providers by creating an all-in-one system for scheduling, administering, and reporting information on vaccinations provided across the state. Since its launch, ADHS has worked continuously to refine the user experience based on customer and partner feedback.

In June, the ADHS system was one of nine programs nationally recognized by the StateScoop 50 Awards in the State IT Innovation of the Year category, which honors cutting-edge state IT approaches.

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination, please visit azdhs.gov/COVID19Vaccines.