Rationalization of vaccine information for Northern Carolinians
North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services began working with Google Cloud in late January to develop online tools to help residents determine eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine and then locate the nearest vaccine provider.
The Find My Vaccine Group allows local citizens to answer a series of questions related to their profession, age and other risk factors to determine which group of vaccines they belong to. The Find a Vaccine Location site has been deployed to help users find the participating vaccinator locations across the state. It uses the APIs of the Google Maps platform to allow users to search by zip code, current location or current map view, and is regularly updated with the latest information available on vendors, Kurian said.
The state is working with Google on a few other COVID-related projects. “Our latest effort is to develop a process and technology to streamline access to information for northern Carolinians,” Sam Gibbs, assistant secretary for technology and operations, said in a statement. as when it is their turn to get vaccinated or receive advice on how to easily locate a vaccination site. ”
To date, more than 2 million Northern Carolinians have operated both sites, with a significant increase expected as the vaccine continues to roll out.
Helping Oregonians Increase Immunization Rates
In February, Oregon was preparing to increase the number of eligible residents to get vaccinated and needed a way to better communicate with its community.
The Oregon Health Authority, in partnership with Google Cloud and Spring ML, created Get Vaccinated Oregon, a vaccine eligibility screening and planning system to help increase the state’s immunization rate.
Oregonians can now create an online profile for themselves and their family members to determine their eligibility for the vaccine and receive a push notification as their eligibility status changes, Kurian said.
OHA and Google Cloud have also partnered with local health care providers who can now share information about mass immunization events in their communities, he said. Eligible Oregonians in these communities will automatically receive a notification that they can schedule a vaccine appointment.
“The ability to share information and support Oregonians in their search for active immunization sites is critical to managing the COVID-19 virus in the long term,” said Kris Kautz, OHA’s deputy director, in a statement.
To date, more than 400,000 Oregonians have registered to receive eligibility information and connect to local immunization events.
Centralizing vaccine management in Virginia
In February, the Virginia Department of Health launched its pre-registration campaign for the COVID-19 vaccine, Vaccine Virginia. Initially, Virginia communities had implemented individual data collection systems for pre-registration COVID-19 vaccines, but provided little information on priority groups and allocation strategy, according to Google.
VDH needed a resilient platform with automatic scaling and selected Google Cloud and its partner SpringML to create it. VDH also wanted to import all previously collected data so that any user from one of the participating locations could visit the central site and find their information in the system. VDH needed everything that was built, tested and ready in a few days.
“We had an immediate need to pre-register Virginians in a standardized manner for the COVID-19 vaccine in order to properly manage the vaccine delivery process,” Suresh Soudararajan, VDH CIO, said in a statement. and SpringML meant that the Commonwealth was able to “provide the solution in record time,” Soudararajan said.
Virginia has a population of 8 million and more than one million are now eligible for the vaccine. On launch day, more than 200,000 people pre-registered in the first 24 hours, according to Kurian.
More than 400,000 people were in the state system at the end of the first week of its commissioning. By the end of February, the state had more than 1.9 million registrations under the new system, Kurian said.