Technology resources for COVID-19 vaccination roll-out

Pulse+IT's guide to technology resources for the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out. receives notice of integration for AIR

Medical billing API specialist has received its notice of integration (NOI) with the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

The new functionality allows users to record encounters with the vaccine serial number and Health Identifier support for provider and patient.

There are a number of new endpoints being made available, including:

  • Authorisation access list: an endpoint to fetch a list of AIR functions that a particular provider has been authorised by AIR to use
  • Vaccine codes: an endpoint to fetch the current list of vaccine codes, and equivalent vaccines
  • Individual Details: an endpoint to fetch immunisation history; a list of due vaccines; medical contraindication exemptions, if any; natural immunity exemptions, if any; any vaccine trials the individual is enrolled in; indigenous status, if recorded in AIR; an Additional Vaccines Required indicator for certain high risk groups; and an Action Required indicator if the individual has encounters that require correction. will make these features available in its production environment this week.

The company offers an API as a business to business service to other clinical and practice management software vendors who want an easy way to integrate with Medicare and the AIR. AIR API:

Cerner releases upgrades to Millennium for vax program

EMR vendor Cerner has released upgrades to its Millennium suite to support Australia’s Phase 1a COVID-19 vaccination program, adding packages that allow hospitals to manage patient registration, core medications and documentation of each vaccination encounter.

Cerner vaccination data can be extracted to support the upload of vaccination details to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and the company is currently developing a direct link to the AIR from within the EMR.

Cerner last year set up an Asia Pacific COVID-19 collaboration group that met every week to discuss developments and enhancements from Cerner as well as challenges. It also has a global mass vaccination working group to provide support to clients.

Cerner is supporting the GS1 standard and GTIN codes for scanning and tracking vaccine barcodes. Each person has a medical record created for them, if they don’t already have one, which records the vaccination encounter.

An extract from the record is taken and uploaded to the AIR, but Cerner is now actively working to directly link. It is also working with customers on how to ensure the second dose is able to be scheduled correctly.

Cerner COVID-19 site:

MediRecords to support new AIR requirements

Cloud-based clinical software vendor MediRecords will make the new Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) requirements available from March 1.

MediRecords is already fully integrated with Medicare and the AIR and supports the management of AIR claims and submissions across multiple practices from its claiming dashboard.

It also supports automatic overnight batching and submissions of AIR claims, and its vaccination module supports state-based immunisation schedules.

From March 1, it will allow users to report vaccine serial numbers, the patient’s IHI and the provider HPI-I/O as specified in new requirements released by Medicare last week.

The vaccination module also supports the filtering and segmentation of a cohort of multiple patients with the ability to bulk vaccinate.


API for AIR to add new data requirements

Medical billing application programming interface (API) specialist is offering other software vendors that don’t have an interface with the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) the use of its API on a not-for-profit basis for the next 12 months. completed a notice of integration (NOI) with Service Australia’s new web services interface last year for Medicare and DVA billing, and for reporting vaccine encounters to the AIR.

Medicare has subsequently released new data requirements to support the COVID-19 vaccination program (Covax), including that the vaccine serial number is reported to the AIR, along with the patient and provider’s healthcare identifiers.

The API is being offered as a business to business service to other clinical and practice management software (PMS) vendors who have not completed a web services NOI and want a quick and easy way to integrate Medicare into their applications.

Version 1.1 of the AIR API is currently in testing and will be released once receives its notice of integration.

HealthEngine and MedAdvisor partner for pharmacy roll-out

Online appointment booking and directory service HealthEngine has partnered with medications adherence solutions vendor MedAdvisor to develop an online booking and appointment management platform available to pharmacies for the Covax roll-out and other immunisation programs.

HealthEngine’s new solution is integrated with MedAdvisor’s pharmacy platform PlusOne, which will record and submit vaccination data directly to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

The new Patient Appointment Management System (PAMS) was designed to provide an end-to-end pharmacy booking and appointment management platform and will support community pharmacies in time for the 2021 flu season and the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines in pharmacy as part of Phase 2A of the national vaccine program.

The integration with MedAdvisor’s platform will allow workflow improvements for pharmacies by pre-filling the information already shared by the patient from the HealthEngine PAMS into MedAdvisor’s PlusOne, where the vaccination encounter will be recorded and submitted automatically to the AIR.

TerryWhite Chemmart has already signed up to use the platform in its 450+ pharmacies.



Telstra Health adds vaccination capabilities to Communicare

Telstra Health will release an upgrade to its Communicare community health and primary care services platform to enable the tracking and tracing of patients receiving COVID-19 vaccinations and allow users to capture vaccine serial numbers.

The COVID-19 upgrade will extend Communicate’s immunisation functionality to enable healthcare providers to capture vaccine serial numbers.

As of March 1, healthcare providers administering COVID-19 vaccinations will need to record the vaccine serial number and report the vaccine to the Australian Immunisation Register as part of the administration process.

Healthcare professionals will now be able to upload a mandatory serial number to the AIR once it is entered in Communicare.

Communicare is widely used by Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and other community health services around the country.


VaccineConnect for vaccine management

ASX-listed 1st Group has launched a vaccine management system called VaccineConnect to help handle community-wide vaccination program, including the COVID-19 roll-out.

The platform promises to handle demand management, waitlist queues, multi-dose appointment booking requirements and patient communications. It uses the company’s MyHealth1st and GoBookings online directory and booking platforms, which integrate with a wide range of practice management systems.

Features include:

  • Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) integration
  • Medicare integration for payment claiming by service providers
  • Online search and appointment booking, enabling people searching for vaccinations to book their appointments online. Practices using online appointments are listed in an online directory, making them searchable for anyone looking to book a vaccine appointment
  • Multi-dose bookings, allowing clinics to schedule multiple appointments with variable follow-up timing for vaccines
  • Inventory management, allowing appointment scheduling based on available vaccines in stock
  • Online booking widgets that can be installed on clinic and pharmacy websites
  • Patient communication through email and SMS, including invitations to existing patient lists, vaccination waitlists register, and appointment confirmation/reminder messages
  • Contactless mobile check-in using either a QR code or GPS location. Patients can self check-in using their mobile phones, freeing up the front desk
  • COVID-19 screening tools that allow practices to screen patients for potential COVID-19 symptoms during the booking process.

Patients can opt to create an account and set up family profiles, which will be used to determine their priority. They will then be able to allocate their preferred vaccine provider. They will receive a unique code that can be used to sign in when they attend the appointment.

Once notified that vaccines are available, patients can log in to VaccineConnect and select an appropriate time for their appointment. They will receive a confirmation and then reminder notifications as their appointment gets closer.

Upon arrival, the healthcare staff scan the codes to verify the appointment and patient details.

Once the vaccine has been administered, either the PMS or VaccineConnect will send the information to the Australian Immunisation Register.


HotDoc developing new features for COVID-19 vaccinations

Patient engagement platform HotDoc is developing new features to help with the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out to primary care, including pre and post-appointment communications to patients, digital consent forms and new patient forms and appointment reminders to reduce no-shows.

HotDoc is providing the booking software for the COVID-19 respiratory clinics and says it has seen over 300,000 appointments booked through the platform over the past year.

Now, with GPs invited to take part in the Phase 1b roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine beginning in March and a federated booking system being developed, HotDoc is adding new features to help practices efficiently manage the process.

New features for vaccine management include:

  • Eligibility screening of patients during booking to ensure priority patients are seen in line with the government’s phased approach, automatically updated with the latest guidelines
  • Pre and post-appointment communications to patients to clarify on-site protocols, post-vaccine care and adverse reactions reporting
  • Digital consent forms and new patient forms that can be securely completed prior to appointment to minimise valuable time spent at the clinic
  • Appointment reminders to reduce no-shows
  • Ability to automatically schedule two providers (e.g.: a doctor and nurse) for each vaccination encounter for practices that use a tandem team approach to administer vaccines
  • Ability to manage vaccine appointment availability against stock levels
  • Help prepare practices through training materials for practice staff.


Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: COVID-19 vaccination roll-out

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