FedScoop: HHS is improving tracking of COVID-19 vaccine trials with an Oracle cloud system

“The Department of Health and Human Services improved tracking of clinical trials and registrations for potential COVID-19 vaccines by developing a cloud data platform with Oracle, says former CIO José Arrieta.”

“The Oracle Health Management System uses digital identifiers to track the outcomes of people who have received COVID-19 treatment or therapies as part of clinical trials to determine their efficacy. Previously, before a cloud management system, this was difficult to track after patients were discharged from the hospital, Arrieta said.”

HHS implemented the technology in July but didn’t announce it before Arrieta left the job Aug. 28.”

“Collecting data from people once they’ve left the health care system is critical to getting a vaccine in the hands of as many people as possible.”

“’There are 340 million people that need to get vaccinated in this country, and we know not all of them will get vaccinated,’ Arrieta said at ACT-IAC’s Reimagine Nation ELC 2020 on Wednesday. ‘And we still need to have people volunteer for clinical trials, but there was no mechanism to actually reach those people directly.’”

“The Oracle Health Management System creates digital identifiers for state and federal governments, machine endpoints and people…”

“’One of the biggest obstacles is really a lack of transparency and integration in our health care technology systems, and that’s across the country and globally,’ said Rebecca Laborde, master principal scientist for clinical innovation at Oracle. ‘And we lack the ability to gather real-time data from patients and providers, especially when any kind of care occurs outside of the traditional health care system.’”

“Oracle is also working with the National Institutes of Health to support the COVID-19 Prevention Network by creating the covpn.org Volunteer Screening Registry…” Read the full article here.

Source: HHS is improving tracking of COVID-19 vaccine trials with an Oracle cloud system – By Dave Nyczepir, October 28, 2020. FedScoop.

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