Health authorities of Vietnam’s business hub Ho Chi Minh City have delivered COVID-19 test results to the tested people’s smartphones from Saturday through their e-health declaration system, instead of printing results on paper.
The municipal Health Department on Saturday said it has officially applied the new method from the same day, having successfully piloted it for two days in four local hospitals, including Nguyen Tri Phuong, Nhan Dan Gia Dinh, Thu Duc and Le Van Thinh.
Electronic results of COVID-19 tests have the same validity as those in paper, the department confirmed.
All testing facilities are required to create an automatic link between their testing system and the e-health declaration network of the department under its instructions.
In case such connection has yet to be set up, test result details must be entered into the e-health declaration system within three hours after they are available, the department required.
COVID-19 testing facilities must record cell phone numbers of tested people so that e-test results can be delivered to their phones through the department’s e-health declaration app.
They are also required to instruct people how to look up COVID-19 test results on their smartphones, and give them a clear confirmation that test results identified by QR codes through the e-health medical declaration system is equivalent to those printed on paper.
On the same day, the department announced an updated list of 54 units that provide rapid antigen tests for coronavirus and another list of 26 COVID-19 RT-PCR testing facilities.
Since April 27, when the pandemic’s fourth wave erupted in Vietnam, COVID-19 tests have been given to over nine million turns of people nationwide, the Ministry of Health reported on Saturday noon.