How Origo has optimised Iceland's vaccinations

Arna Harðardóttir16/04/2021

Iceland is among the world’s leading nations in the roll-out of its Covid-19 vaccination program, thanks to a system developed by Origo to track and control the flow of individuals through the vaccination process.

The system enables a level of efficiency and transparency that is crucial in keeping the country on track to achieve its target of vaccinating the majority of the population by the end of July.

How the Origo system works

Iceland is using four vaccines: Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Moderna and Janssen. Origo’s system keeps track of every individual who needs to be vaccinated and calls them in according to the vaccine they have been allocated. The system also enables registration of people in the defined priority groups.

Registration is simple. Each person receives a text message containing a bar code. When they go to be vaccinated, the bar code is scanned and all the information about the vaccination is automatically entered into all the relevant healthcare databases: the Chief Epidemiologist's vaccination database, the individual’s medical record and the Icelandic citizen health portal, Heilsuvera. A vaccination certificate can then be accessed via the portal.

The Origo system has been extremely effective in ensuring a steady, efficient flow of patients through Iceland’s vaccination sites. This has helped to maximise the speed of the roll-out pro-gramme, avoiding slack periods or blockages, which would slow the process down.

Pioneering digital healthcare systems

Iceland is very advanced in terms of digital development and automation of its healthcare system. It was the first country to issue electronic vaccination certificates. A high degree of interconnectivity has created a digital healthcare system that is extremely secure and transparent.

For the past 30 years, Origo’s Healthcare Solutions have been at the forefront of Iceland’s electronic healthcare infrastructure. It is the development of this infrastructure that has made it possible to develop a vaccination management system so rapidly in response to the urgent need to keep Ice-landers safe.

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