The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has started using a new system to gather, compile and report COVID-19 data that will allow test results to be sent in digitally rather than by fax.

The Health Center Real-time Information-sharing System — or HER-SYS, as abbreviated by the health ministry, which began using it in May — will allow all 31 test centers in Tokyo from Monday to send test results to the metropolitan government with computers and tablets.

Officials hope this will help the capital avoid faulty or delayed reporting moving forward, but whether it streamlines the process — or complicates it — depends on the speed and efficiency with which the metropolitan government’s myriad appendages make the transition.