Tasmania’s new vaccine management system, hosted by Oracle, will bring together online and hotline booking systems, QR codes to facilitate ‘speed vaccination check-in’, and a digital reminder when a patient is due for a second jab.
Tasmania will be the first Australian jurisdiction to utilise the Oracle health management system for its vaccine rollout, with 23% of the state’s eligible population already vaccinated.
A statement published by the state government on Wednesday reminded Tasmanians that the current outbreak in Victoria showed just how important it was for locals to book their vaccine schedule as soon as possible.
“While [vaccination] will not be a silver bullet, it remains our strongest safeguard to help protect ourselves, our loved ones and the community,” the statement said.
“Pleasingly, our vaccination rollout continues to progress well, with more than 101,000 people – over 23 per cent of Tasmanians 16 years and over – having now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.”
Tasmania is aiming to have immunised at least 541,000 residents as a result of its COVID-19 vaccine program in partnership with the aged care sector and GPs.
According to Oracle’s regional managing director ANZ Cherie Ryan, data will be key to delivering a statewide rollout of the vaccine given the complex and fast-moving nature of coronavirus.
“Oracle created the cloud-based health management system specifically for this task,” Ryan said.
“It allows governments and medical facilities to register consumers, schedule appointments, record, and track first and second vaccine doses, send appointment confirmations and reminders, and create a unique digital health record for each person that is securely stored in the Oracle Cloud,” she said.
Under Tasmania’s new agreement with Oracle, free access and support to the digital health management system will be available to the state for the next 10 years. The system will securely store data in the Oracle Cloud using local data centres, where authorised health employees can monitor the percentage of the state’s population who have been fully or partially vaccinated, and the types of COVID-19 vaccines administered to help manage inventory and demand.
Oracle said that consumers would also be able to access their record of vaccination included in the Australian Immunisation Register.
Oracle’s health management system has helped other administrations in the US and Africa to respond to health crises brought about by COVID-19 and other fast-spreading disease such as Yellow Fever.