New software program aims to identify hepatitis risk

The program, which assesses the risk of chronic hepatitis B infection by using existing practice software to predict country of birth from surnames and match patients to existing surveillance records, is being seen as a breakthrough in targeting screening for those at most risk of infection.

Dr Benjamin Cowie, a physician with the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, said ideally every patient’s country of birth would be recorded on all practice management software and records,