HotDoc, a Melbourne-based patient engagement platform provider, has partnered with two major hospitals in Australia for vaccination booking projects.

WHY IT MATTERS

This week, Austin Hospital in Melbourne started using HotDoc's complete scheduling solution and tools for eligibility screening and stock management for COVID-19 inoculations. The hospital aims to schedule approximately 1,000 COVID-19 vaccination appointments each day.

HotDoc said its platform will also be deployed at St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney for booking administration of influenza vaccination for staff, featuring walk-ins, appointment calendars and online consent forms. It will also enable the hospital to conduct online patient verification check enhancements through Medicare Check and the submission of immunisation records through its Australian Immunisation Register-integrated platform.

HotDoc estimates that its platform has enabled 2.5 million appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations to date.

THE LARGER TREND

Technology providers rose to the occasion to support vaccination initiatives across the world. Notable players in this space include Zocdoc and Microsoft. Luma Health in January introduced its range of solutions to enable rapid vaccine delivery and operation, including a scheduling tool.

In the UK, medtech startup DrDoctor helps streamline the vaccination of over 1 million NHS workers through its QuickBook solution.

Bahrain was reportedly the first country to allow COVID-19 vaccination appointments via a mobile app. Since January, citizens of the country have been able to schedule their free immunisations through the BeAware app.

ON THE RECORD

"Working with hospitals to ensure their staff are vaccinated is a real thrill for HotDoc and aligns further with our mission to improve the healthcare experience for everyone in Australia. We look forward to long partnerships with these hospitals into the future," HotDoc CEO Ben Hurst said in a statement.

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