As COVID-19 vaccines are finally approved and administered to the first handful of people, the question remains how the vaccine will be distributed to billions of people around the world in such a short amount of time. Tech companies have offered a helping hand, using machine learning, AI, and the cloud to create effective solutions to a global problem.
In September, Salesforce announced Work.com for Vaccines, a solution to help governments and healthcare organizations more safely and efficiently manage vaccine programs at scale. With Work.com for Vaccines, customers will be able to design, build, integrate, and manage their vaccine programs end-to-end, with a platform that is trusted, flexible, and that can be deployed quickly.
Though, more recently the SaaS giant revealed a partnership with IBM to expand the availability of IBM Digital Health Pass with Salesforce. This would be to help organizations verify an individual's vaccine status and any other relevant health credentials.
On December 11, Microsoft Consulting Services announced it had developed a COVID-19 vaccine management platform. The new solution is for both government and healthcare customers. A handful of Microsoft partners, including Accenture, Avanade, EY, and Mazik Global, are also working on vaccine-management offerings which use Microsoft cloud services.
This system manages assessment, registration, and scheduling for vaccine distribution. It can also track and report immunization progress through secure data exchange using standards like Health Level Seven, Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), and other APIs. And health providers and pharmacies can monitor and report on the effectiveness of specific vaccine batches with the tool.
Meanwhile, Oracle has been tapped by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and will use its National Electronic Health Records Cloud plus Oracle’s Public Health Management Applications Suite to manage the COVID-19 vaccination program throughout the United States. The Oracle Public Health Management Applications Suite includes applications for managing the entire vaccination process from ordering the vaccine, tracking shipments, and managing inventory—to directly communicating with vaccinated patients via smart phones to collect safety data such as side effects and adverse events.
As a bevy of tech companies build software to help manage the process, Simplus has also joined in with its latest end-to-end offering. Owned by tech giant, Infosys, this vaccine management solution is built on the Salesforce platform, which means it is integrated with other Salesforce products with features such as patient management and dynamic data visualization.
Infosys’ vaccine management solution combines the power of Health Cloud, Marketing Cloud, MuleSoft, and Tableau and will enable processes such as citizen registration, prioritization, mapping out the supply chain, managing the administration of the vaccines, and conducting wellness surveys.