Mechanisms for incentives and funding need to be in place to ensure that data are entered within a specified time frame after screening, that data are entered consistently and completely, and that a quality assurance system is devised to verify data.
Developing an integrated child health information database will require state and/or federal funding.
“Meaningful use” 10 standards should be applied to the development of this data system.
Vision screening programs should be able to obtain reports from the system to demonstrate the effectiveness of their programs.
Special considerations should be taken to monitor homeless, undocumented or transient children, as well as children who reside in non-traditional family settings, such as foster care.
Appropriate eye care services need to be accessible for children who lack adequate insurance (16).
It should be possible to analyze data by sub-populations (e.g., uninsured, specific minorities), which will provide evidence regarding health disparity issues and facilitate the development of programs to decrease such disparities.