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HSE National Immunisation Office wins IT Project of the Year for TrackVax

Apr 22, 2022, by Amanda Creane - Category: Healthcare

Health innovation and technology led the way at the CIO & IT Leaders Awards on the 24th March 2022.  The HSE National Immunisation Office took home ‘IT Project of the Year’ for the implementation of ScanVax and TrackVax, supporting the safe and effective rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland.


L to R: Joseph McManus HSE, Fionnuala King, HSE, Denis O’Brien GS1 Ireland, Amy Colgan HSE, Martin Wickham HSE, Wayne Leitch iQuest, Siobhain Duggan GS1 Ireland, Kerry Ryder HSE, John Swords HSE (GS1 Ireland Board Member), Mariangela Toma HSE, Mike Byrne GS1 Ireland, Amanda Creane GS1 Ireland, Muriel Pate HSE.

Congratulations to the HSE National Immunisation Office, the TrackVax Governance Team, and the TrackVax Project Team and all involved in the project!  GS1 Ireland are privileged to have been involved in this important collaboration, to adopt a standards-based approach for the identification and tracking of vaccines right through to the point of vaccination.

The importance of these achievements are also recognised by GS1 Global Office.

“Congratulations to Ireland’s HSE National Immunisation Office on winning the ‘IT project of the year award’ at the CIO & IT Leaders Awards 2022.  TrackVax is one of the best use cases for barcode scanning that I have ever seen; it is deservedly recognised as an award-winning implementation of barcode scanning in healthcare.  The NIO’s collaboration with GS1 Ireland on TrackVax is a world-class example of GS1 standards in action enabling the fast, efficient, and safe tracking of vaccine stock from HSE National Cold Chain Service to Pharmacists and right through to the client in all of Ireland’s vaccination centres”.

Miguel A. Lopera, President and Chief Executive Officer of GS1

Impact of ScanVax and TrackVax 

Following an intensive design phase with the HSE project team, two software applications were developed - ScanVax for receipt of the vaccine and TrackVax to track the vaccine to the point of vaccination.  Both solutions are provided by GS1 Ireland. There is 100% uptake of the software and users now describe it as essential to their service.


“GS1 Ireland was honoured to work with the HSE to adopt a standard-based approach for the identification and tracking of vaccines to the point of vaccination.  The successful delivery of the national COVID-19 vaccination programme is recognised as a model that can be applied to many other areas of care delivery. Stakeholders, including clinical practitioners, are increasingly seeing the benefits provided by the unique identification and tracking of medical products and healthcare locations using barcodes and traceability standards.”.

Mike Byrne, CEO GS1 Ireland and Member GS1 Global Management Board


The utilisation of TrackVax within CVCs has enabled the administration of over 4,500,000 doses in a speedy, reliable, standardised and accurate manner. Local CVCs are able to manage their stock more effectively through the utilisation of accurate data, with up to 5,000 doses administered a day with a rolling expiry time and up to 30 vaccinators to keep stocked, this was a significant efficiency and safety mechanism.

“At our peak we were vaccinating 8 clients per minute, we couldn’t have done that without TrackVax.”

Joan Peppard, Pharmacy Vaccination lead Dublin Mid-Leinster, HSE.

“From a medication safety perspective, the use of Trackvax across our vaccination centres really helps to standardise our workflow, ensuring vaccines are labelled clearly with all relevant details, which is so important when delivering a programme on such a big scale.”

Muriel Pate, Medication Safety Specialist Pharmacist, HSE Quality and Patient Safety Directorate

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Learn more about how Traceability standards are enabling a safer, more efficient rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine across Ireland