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Private Sector Steps Up with COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Innovation

Analysis  |  By Mandy Roth  
   January 15, 2021

Notable Health's intelligent automation offers a way for health systems to proactively identify and manage the COVID-19 vaccination process.

As health systems grapple with vaccine administration, the next iteration of mayhem in the COVID-19 crisis, companies in the private sector are devising solutions or adapting their technology to bring order to the process. Notable Health is one such example. The intelligent automation company for healthcare based in San Mateo, California, has now extended its platform capabilities to support automating COVID-19 vaccine administration workflows.

The new capabilities expand on the company's COVID Triage solution, which has enabled users to schedule more than 280,000 automated COVID-19 pre-visit screenings since the pandemic began. The platform now can be used to proactively select and engage the vaccine candidates at the appropriate time, according to an announcement Notable Health made yesterday.

The innovation uses robotic process automation, natural language processing, machine learning, and machine vision. The technology scans the electronic health record (EHR) system for unvaccinated patients that meet recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state, as well as configurable criteria such as age or comorbidities. Based on eligibility, Notable initiates a digital pre-visit screening, collects informed consent, and schedules necessary follow-up appointments.

"In order to mobilize a vaccination effort of this size, health systems will need to be proactive in identifying eligible patients and reaching out to them in a timely manner with information they can act on," said Notable Health strategic advisor Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, chair, department of medical ethics, University of Pennsylvania; and a member of the Biden Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board in the news release. "By leveraging intelligent automation to identify, outreach, educate and triage patients, health systems can develop efficient and equitable vaccine distribution workflows."

The platform helps health systems:

  • Identify patients for vaccination based on risk factors and contraindications
     
  • Keep patients informed about when and where to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
     
  • Export vaccine administration records to the EHR
     
  • Remind patients when they are due for their second dose

For providers directly administering the vaccine, the company says its technology enhances the capacity to vaccinate more patients, more quickly by screening for risk factors and collecting informed consent before a patient arrives onsite. 

“To mobilize a vaccination effort of this size, health systems will need to be proactive in identifying eligible patients and reaching out to them in a timely manner with information they can act.”

Mandy Roth is the innovations editor at HealthLeaders.

Photo credit: Image Courtesy of Notable Health


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