Software tool targets 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 hepatitis B 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, although this happens in less than 5% of practices