DICT introduces vaccination information management system
Getting inoculated will soon be faster and more convenient through the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS), according to a report by Philippine News Agency.
In a Laging Handa briefing on Wednesday, DICT Undersecretary Emmanuel “Manny” Caintic said VIMS will centralize important data from citizens and health facilities of local government units (LGUs), noting that it will also track the supply and distribution of vaccines nationwide.
“Ito pong VIMS ay magiging single source of truth para sa lahat ng impormasyon patungkol sa pagbabakuna kontra Covid-19 (VIMS will be the single source of truth for all information on vaccinations against Covid-19),” Caintic said.
In its pilot rollout in San Juan City, he said the local LGU was able to shorten the vaccination process to around 10 minutes and is able to provide more information to its front-liners.
“Ang pag-implement natin sa San Juan ay na-feature na po natin sa Facebook page at mga (Our implementation in San Juan was featured in Facebook and in) various media outlets. It shows the positive feedback the project received during its pilot implementation,” Caintic said.
Without VIMS, he said inoculation used to take 30 to 40 minutes in addition to the monitoring period post-vaccination.
“Sa San Juan, 10 minutes iyon all the way including iyong waiting mo between queues. Pero through the information system, kung wala lang pila, higit-kumulang 4.5 – 4.7 minutes (In San Juan, it took 10 minutes including the wait time between queues. But through the information system, if there are no queues, it could take as little as 4.5 to 4.7 minutes),” he said.
He said the supply of Covid-19 vaccines can also be tracked using VIMS -- from its departure in other countries to its arrival in vaccination centers all over the country.
He said health professionals and LGUs will be able to make use of the program to better organize vaccination data.
“Aside from the data on citizen information, the VIMS is also able to show the standard reporting on the number of administered vaccines by regional level,” Caintic said.
He said VIMS is capable of showcasing a comparative report of the Philippines’ vaccination effort versus other Southeast Asian countries.
“We are also working on having more granular level of reporting to come up with data-driven decisions at both national and local levels,” he said.
He said the VIMS dashboard will be updated every day and can be viewed at the Laging Handa website: https://laginghanda.gov.ph/.
“Sa ganitong paraan, makakagawa po tayo ng data-driven decision making at masolusyunan agad-agad ang mga problemang kinakaharap ng ating Vaccine Operations Command (With this process, we’ll be able to make data-driven decisions and we can instantly solve problems faced by our Vaccine Operations Command),” Caintic said.
He said the DICT will also ensure the safety of the data collected through VIMS as well as its interoperability with existing systems of LGUs nationwide.
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