Sixty percent still report via fax machine!Osaka, Japan, missed 12,700 COVID-19 cases

2022-05-01 0 By

According to asahi Shimbun on Wednesday, Osaka city announced on Wednesday that data on at least 12,700 Novel Coronavirus cases have not been entered into its statistical system.The delayed infection figures were included in the number of new infections reported by Osaka city on Wednesday.Kansai TV pointed out that only after the information of a positive patient is entered into Japan’s National Information Management System (HER-SYS), can administrative authorities really get a handle on the infection.However, health centers in Osaka have failed to provide 12,700 cases of positive cases since January 26.This has led to an omission in the daily number of new infections reported locally.Kansai TV said there were three main reasons for the embarrassment.First: A larger-than-expected surge in the number of virus infections.Although the Osaka City Health Institute has re-intensified its response based on the experience of previous waves of outbreaks.But it expects to add about 1,700 people a day.However, the daily number of new cases in Osaka has exceeded 3,000 in recent days.Second: A malfunction in Japan’s National Infection Information System (HER-SYS).Since late January, the system has been broken down across Japan, making it almost unusable during daytime business hours.Third: We are still using faxes to report epidemy-related information.According to the report, there are two ways to input the information of infected patients into the system. One is directly input by the medical institutions, and the other is to send the information to the local health centers by fax, and the staff of the health centers manually input the HER-SYS system.File photo (Visual China) The Osaka City Health Office said that although the proportion of faxed cases is decreasing, 60 percent of infected people’s information is still reported by fax.In response, the National Institute of Health Directors made urgent recommendations, saying that standards for information entry should be simplified as soon as possible, the workload of health care staff should be reduced, and health care resources should be focused on patients at serious risk.(Edit: WDQ)