Roundup: Launch of the My Covid Record portal, new grant for health data research projects in Australia and more briefs

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New Zealand portal My Covid Record launched

A website that allows New Zealand citizens to view their COVID-19 vaccine status, as well as test results and vaccination certificates in the near future, has been launched by the government.

The My Covid Record portal currently provides access to users’ COVID-19 vaccination records.

It’s one of the many tools New Zealand has developed to enable economic reopening, said Michael Dreyer, group manager for national digital services at the Ministry of Health.

Dreyer said later this month, COVID-19 test results will be available on the platform while vaccination certificates, which can be used for local and international travel, will be provided from the end of November.

“The exact timing of when and where proof of vaccination will be required is still being finalized. The government is also consulting with the business, hospitality and events sectors on the finer details of its operation,” a- he explained.

New Zealand has fully immunized more than 50% of its total population, or around 2.6 million people, according to state data.


Australia awards $ 7 million grant for health data research

The Australian government is investing up to A $ 10 million (over $ 7 million) in research that will improve patient care and health outcomes through “better use” of health information.

The Research Data Infrastructure grant will support projects that bring together information held in different systems or platforms or those that use emerging technologies, such as AI, to ‘answer important health questions’.

“Better use of data will help enable earlier diagnosis, increase the effectiveness of treatments and improve health outcomes. It will also help reduce the likelihood of side effects, better prevent disease by identifying risk factors, and improve monitoring of drug effects. “Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a press release.

The grant is part of a recently established A $ 30 million ($ 22 million) investment in health and medical research, which the federal government is providing through its Future Research Fund medical.

The other grant – worth up to A $ 20 million (approximately $ 15 million) – is open to projects developing diagnostic or evidence-gathering approaches for the best treatment approaches to improve care. health care for children and adolescents with chronic musculoskeletal disorders.


Queensland X-ray Now Uploaded to My Health Record

Queensland’s largest private radiology provider recently logged into My Health Record.

In a press release, the Australian Digital Health Agency said Queensland X-ray, which operates a network of more than 50 practices, now uploads reports to the federal government’s digital health record platform.

This announcement follows recent connections to My Health Record from some pathology laboratories across Queensland, as well as in northern New South Wales and Tasmania.

In August, consumers viewed 224,000 diagnostic imaging reports on the government platform, noted ADHA CEO Amanda Cattermole.

Australians can now access their COVID-19 vaccination details and proof of their vaccination certificate, along with pathology results, on My Health Record.

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