Oracle today announced its cloud software will be used to manage the distribution of America’s COVID-19 vaccines, claiming it will provide health workers up to the minute data on how many people have been vaccinated anywhere in the US.
The company developed a new National Electronic Health Records (EHR) Database and a suite of applications earlier this year to assist in collecting and managing COVID-19 data, first using them in US vaccine trials in June.
The system has also been used in Ghana to manage the administration of a Yellow Fever Vaccine to 70,000 people.
The database and apps will now be used in the roll out of America’s COVID-19 vaccine. The EHR will become the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) central data repository for all vaccination data in the U.S. Anonymised data from the Oracle database will be used for analysis and reporting by authorised US agencies and organisations.
“By working collaboratively with the CDC and the U.S. Department of Defense during the pandemic, Oracle was able to extend the capabilities of the Public Health Management Applications Suite to help manage nationwide distribution and to collect patient data around COVID-19 vaccines and treatments,” the company said in a statement today.
Oracle says its Public Health Management Applications Suite includes a range of app to manage everything from logistics like vaccine orders, shipping and inventory to communicating with vaccinated patients via a smartphones where an Oracle app can collect safety data such as side effects and adverse events.
The smartphone app will allow health workers to monitor and better understand patients reaction to the vaccine, and, in serious events, respond to a serious adverse reaction, according to Oracle.
Oracle says it is in discussion with “dozens of countries” to adopt its new app suite.