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Tuesday, 09 March 2021 15:14

Department of Health picks HealthEngine for Covid-19 vaccination bookings

HealthEngine CEO, founder and medical director Marcus Tan HealthEngine CEO, founder and medical director Marcus Tan

The Australian Government Department of Health has selected local health booking provider HealthEngine to build the booking platform for the COVID-19 Vaccination Information and Booking Service.

HealthEngine's platform will be part of the system that allows patients to locate and book appointments with designated vaccine clinics via a service finder based on the HealthDirect-run National Health Services Directory (NHSD).

Approved health service providers will include GP clinics, pharmacies and state-run vaccination clinics.

HealthEngine's platform can be used as a standalone booking option for providers who don't already have an online booking system. Those who do are encouraged to continue using their existing systems.

The HealthEngine booking system complies with government requirements regarding around accessibility, privacy and security, the company said.

The project is being fast tracked to meet the deadlines required by the Department of Health's overall COVID management effort.

"Given the very tight timeframes involved and the complexity of such a project, we are under no illusions about the challenge we have signed up to. However, the opportunity to support a historic public health effort involving millions of Australians by assisting the Federal government with a very important piece of national digital health infrastructure, was one we simply couldn't pass up," said HealthEngine CEO, founder and medical director Marcus Tan.

"We're honoured to be selected by the Department of Health for the job."

He added "We were humbled by and grateful for the tremendous support we received from the broader health and technology sectors with our bid to perform this work. These included written references from practice customers large and small across the spectrum of health specialties, organisations that confirmed our patient-centred approach and our ability to cooperatively work with ecosystem partners such as Medipass and MedAdvisor to extend future functionality as required.

"This project is a huge team effort and we're excited to be an official part of the team."

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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