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Health tech provider helped power 75m COVID-19 vaccinations

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UK Health tech provider EMIS launched a clinical software system that could support the NHS in mobilising the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

A spokesperson for the company said, for the first seven months of the programme, EMIS remained the only provider of the technology needed to drive and record vaccinations within GP practices, pharmacies and mass vaccination centres across England.

The software, which continues to evolve through the roll-out of the booster vaccination drive, was built using the IT system Outcomes4Health.

Outcomes4Health was developed by Pinnacle, a company acquired by EMIS Group in early 2020 to record clinical services provided by community pharmacies, including the annual flu vaccination programme.

The spokesperson said for each of the 75m vaccinations recorded to date through Outcomes4Health, the patient record is collated and shared through interoperability to the National Immunisation Management System (NIMS) and GP clinical systems. It then appears for patients to see via the NHS app and Patient Access.

In addition to helping mobilise the Covid-19 vaccination programme, EMIS also played a role in the research which identified the 1.5m people most at risk from the disease and who should be prioritised for early vaccination.

This research also raised public awareness of key Covid-19 risk factors such as age, ethnicity and body mass index, as well as certain medical conditions and treatments.

Through Outcomes4Health EMIS also helped to administer over 2.2m flu vaccinations in England during 2020.

Richard Jarvis, chief technology officer of EMIS said: “I’m incredibly proud of what the EMIS team has been able to deliver over the last 12-months and how it continues to support the NHS in the largest vaccination programme on record.

“It’s now a year since the first vaccination was given and it’s rewarding to see how that hard work has helped so many millions of people in England.”

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