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Jab pass plan to expand

The vaccine pass arrangement will be implemented in designated healthcare premises under the Food & Health Bureau, the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority (HA) starting June 13, the Government announced today.   The vaccine pass arrangement is applicable to the 13 types of designated healthcare premises primarily providing non-emergency or non-urgent medical services through appointments, such as HA specialist out-patient clinics, and government dental clinics and orthodontic clinics.   Service users and visitors at designated healthcare premises must present upon request their vaccination record, including recovery record, medical exemption certificate, or the negative result proof of a nucleic acid test that is only applicable to service users for staff members' checking. There is no need to scan the vaccine pass QR code.   Service users and visitors who enter the designated healthcare premises for collecting RAT kits, undergoing COVID-19 testing or receivin

Sophia Chan inspects innovation labs

Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today visited the Hospital Authority’s innovation laboratories and exchanged views with staff on their work.   Prof Chan first toured the Data Collaboration Lab and the AI Lab to understand the authority's work and plans on healthcare data analysis.   Since 2019, the Data Collaboration Lab has provided data to more than 200 researchers in 28 collaboration projects and launched a Self Services Platform to support further exploration and innovation with healthcare data by local researchers.   Prof Chan said the Chief Executive stated in her 2021 Policy Address the plan to vigorously drive the development of life and health technology, and making good use of clinical data is an indispensable part to this end.   The health chief was pleased to see that the authority will provide a dedicated structure and do its best to follow the direction set out in the Policy Address to facilitate more institutions to explore the potential use of healthcare data for research and development (R&D) in collaboration with the authority, and make use of the authority’s hospital network for research and clinical trial purposes.   The Government will also explore collaboration between the authority and the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation on the use of the authority's clinical data for R&D, she added.   Prof Chan then visited the IT Innovation Lab to learn more about the authority's achievements in developing smart hospitals.   She pointed out that Smart Hospital is a key strategy for the sustainable development of hospitals where healthcare staff can provide high quality services to patients through the assistance of technology such as 5G remote diagnosis and treatment technology, and smart robots.   These technologies can also alleviate, in the long run, problems such as the imbalance of manpower supply and service demands faced by the public healthcare system, Prof Chan stressed.
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