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How UCHealth uses a combination of high and low tech to ensure equitable vaccine distribution

The software can help hospitals automatically hold back doses and direct them toward a patient call center.

COLORADO, USA — UCHealth is taking innovative approaches to make sure Covid-19 vaccines are equitably distributed in the community — and it’s using a combination of cutting-edge and very simple technology to do so.

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When scheduling vaccinations, UCHealth typically uses an app called My Health Connection. The app is UCHealth’s branded name for MyChart, the consumer-facing health records app made by Wisconsin-based electronic health records company Epic that is widely used by Colorado hospitals. Nearly 70% of Colorado residents have a record in Epic, according to the company.

Through the MyChart patient portal, patients can sign up for vaccinations, quickly add in their information when they’re at a vaccination site and have their vaccination information automatically sent to other hospitals and the Colorado Immunization Information System, a statewide database of vaccination records. When they’re done, they can pull that information, as well as other health information, right up on their phone.

>> Read the full story on the Denver Business Journal 

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