Cisco launches health digitisation programme in Japan
Global tech company Cisco is joining forces with the government of Japan to digitally transform the country’s healthcare sector, as part of its broader pandemic recovery measures.
The project is part of Japan’s Society 5.0 vision, to fast-track digitisation across industry sectors, government, education and healthcare, with the aim of building a digitally inclusive society, a more resilient economy and the workforce of the future.
Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) Program will support Japan’s digital recovery programme. CDA is strategically aligned with the Japanese Government’s digital agenda and its vision with Society 5.0 vision, which aims to stimulate Japan’s economic growth, enhance quality of life, and create a society where everyone can fully reap the benefits of digital transformation.
“I would like to express my sincere respect for Cisco's program to support digitalisation around the world" the Minister for Digital Transformation Takuya Hirai said at the announcement of the partnership.
“In Japan, Cisco has been promoting a number of projects to support digitalisation in areas such as IT talent development, network security, industry, government, education, and healthcare. This direction is exactly what we are aiming for.”
In collaboration with industry, academia and government, the Japan CDA programme will accelerate various initiatives such as the COVID-19 Response and digital healthcare. In response to the continued spread of COVID–19, Cisco will help private, public, and not-for-profit sector organisations accelerate their transition to remote functionality to maintain operational continuity, with a specific focus on digital healthcare.
Working alongside Japanese companies, Cisco will help innovate in areas such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, data analytics and edge computing to help businesses improve productivity, accelerate innovation, provide better customer experiences, and improve their overall competitiveness.
Cisco will also work with regulatory authorities and advise on innovative approaches to promoting a digital society, while adhering to environmental, safety, and security considerations.
“As business leaders it is our responsibility to play a role in stepping up to the challenges of inequity, and to create new pathways to economic prosperity, spark new ideas and ignite innovation” Guy Diedrich, Vice President and Global Innovation Officer at Cisco said.
“We are delighted to be collaborating with the Government of Japan to help bring to life key initiatives that will help build an inclusive future for all, and further propel Japan into the digital age.”
Slovenia launches EU COVID pass built on Better Platform
Slovenia has launched its EU Digital COVID Certificate, also known as the Digital Green Certificate, which was developed in only three weeks and built on top of a national clinical data repository (CDR) powered by the Better Platform.
The service generates a certificate based on the data available in Slovenia’s national CDR. The COVID certificate uses integrated care record data such as demographic data, vaccination and test result data that is already available. The data is made available through previously established services by the national COVID-19 screening data management solution and the national eVaccination registry – so there is no need for additional data to be generated solely for certificate purposes.
This rapid development of EU Digital Covid Certificate was made possible by an open-platform approach. It has also been created so that it can used by different systems, providing a vendor-neutral exchange of documents, and is available on-demand in digital or PDF form, with QR codes.
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed national health systems to quickly develop new digital solutions for including to manage epidemiological data, and organise COVID-19 tests and vaccinations. The EU Digital COVID Certificate is the latest example of a solution that was developed at this new fast pace to allow citizens to travel safely this summer.
The Slovenian healthcare system already had a national eHealth infrastructure, enabling data to be shared via an integrated care record that makes data available for any digital service instantly, at scale and volume.
Currently, Slovenia's healthcare system includes:
* more than 150 million health records for 2.1 million unique individuals (98% of the population)
* more than 86% (135 million) of records in the form of structured data that uses openEHR models
* more than 4 million records of COVID-19 test results
* unstructured data that includes discharge summaries, clinical notes, opt-in statements, consent documents and other clinical data
* data which is sent to the national system by more than 1,250 registered healthcare providers in Slovenia
Initially, the digital health platform enabled the Slovenian Ministry of Health to respond rapidly and deploy a COVID-19 screening data management solution on a county-wide level in just 14 days. With vaccination data available through the national eVaccination registry, there was no need for additional data to be generated solely to create the COVID certificate.
“We are happy that we already had the suitable IT infrastructure in place in Slovenia" said Minister of Health Janez Poklukar. "It allowed us to respond quickly and provide the necessary digital solutions that support the efforts of medical and epidemiological teams to manage the pandemic, as well as to allow our citizens to travel freely.”