The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) has launched a mobile app to screen large groups of individuals who are concerned that they may have been infected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and it can help first responders and other health care providers determine a person’s likelihood of carrying the virus.
Collaboration with Apple
UNMC collaborated with Apple, and with the assistance from students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) to fast-track development, repeatedly test, and now distribute the app—which can be downloaded at the App store. Known as “1-Check COVID” the teams employed the Apple ResearchKit and CareKit frameworks alongside UNCM medical and public health experts, who developed the appropriate clinical algorithms.
The 1-Check COVID app
The 1-Check COVID app, according to the university press, represents a user-friendly app that helps people answer a series of questions to assess the likelihood of COVID-19 infection.
Credits for Development
UNO’s Harnoor Singh, director of student development for the Scott Scholars Program, led the development effort alongside support from UNO students. UNMC and UNO Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold offered executive level support while Rod Markin, MD, PhD, associate vice chancellor for business development and director of UNeTech helped mature the project. James Lawler, MD with the Global Center for Health Security at UNMC offered support.
Not a Diagnostic Tool but Augments Decisions
Although not a diagnostic tool, the 1-Check COVID app will offer appropriate advice based on the user’s symptoms, recent travel, geographic region (zip code-based) and medical history. The goal is to help users to make thoughtful decisions about when, or if they seek medical attention and allow them to immediately share the results only if they choose.
Call to Action: See the link to the App Store to download the 1-Check COVID app from UNMC.