Online tool analyses Covid-19 behaviour to prevent infection
A new AI-driven online system can evaluate someone's risks related to COVID-19 and deliver appropriate recommendations and resources.
Six US state and municipalities have signed up to use CV19 CheckUp: New York State, Florida, St. Louis, Washington State, Michigan and Los Angeles, while 24,000 people have signed up so far.
CV19 CheckUp has been designed by BellAge Inc. The platform gives governments and health organisations access to aggregated data that shows how residents are practicing recommended safety measures.
The tool asks users to complete a short survey about their behaviour. Answers are confidential and the process doesn't require a name or any identifiable information.
The system then uses artificial intelligence to assess each person’s coronavirus-related risks, and provides a report that includes recommendations to reduce those risks. Users immediately receive the report with answers to questions such as 'If I get COVID-19, how severe would it likely be?' and 'What steps can I take to reduce my risks of getting COVID-19?'
The data can also reveal infection hotspots and trends in behaviour such as population-based attitudes and behaviors by location, race, ethnicity and age. Healthcare policymakers can then use these insights to inform decision-making and interventions.
For example, it shows that while 81 per cent of the Florida residents who have used CV19 CheckUp said they always or almost always wear a mask when in public places, only 32 per cent wear a mask when meeting with family or friends they don’t live with. Public health officials have warned that family gatherings are one of the major sources of spread.
The algorithms developed for the system use data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Governments, public health agencies and other organizations provide CV19 CheckUp free to users.
“The only way to get this pandemic under control is for people to understand the risk of getting the virus and spreading the virus, based on personal daily behaviours and living situations" said Greg Olsen, director of New York State Office for the Aging. "We will not be back to any sense of normalcy until everyone is on the same page."
On the rise: Jack Nathan Health
Canadian healthcare company Jack Nathan Medical Corp has announced a major expansion in Mexico, with the opening of 153 new medical clinics in Walmart stores under the brand name Jack Nathan Health.
The company say these will be located in areas that would benefit from increased medical services, which will include telemedicine options and family health.
This is the company's largest expansion since it was founded in 2006, and will give Jack Nathan Health a significant presence as a healthcare provider in Mexico, bringing the company's total clinics to the Central American country to 203.
Leading healthcare in Canada
Jack Nathan Medical Corp is one of Canada’s largest healthcare networks, providing primary, dental and urgent care. Thanks to its partnership with Walmart Canada, it operates clinics in 76 Walmart stores across the country.
A key part of the company's strategy is the use of technology to drive patient and practitioner engagement. Its online platform offers e-prescribing, patient scheduling and a virtual consultation service, which was developed quickly to enable access to healthcare professionals during the pandemic, as well as COVID-19 screening.
In November 2020 the company appointed digital health expert Serge Cinelli as its new Chief Technology Officer, to help roll out Jack Nathan's proprietary technology. Following this, in January this year it acquired Writi, a software firm.
Revolutionising healthcare with technology
Writi's Virtual Healthcare solution is a cloud-based medication-management platform aimed at elderly care providers, and is available on mobile devices and web platforms. It is used by TELUS Health among others, the health division of one of Canada's largest telecommunications companies.
The acquisition of Writi formed part of Jack Nathan Health's technology roadmap, which includes bringing hospital-quality care to the home.
As well as trading on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange, earlier this year Jack Nathan began trading shares on the OTCQB, a leading American market for early stage and developing companies.
Commenting on the recent expansion throughout Mexico, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer George Barakat said: "Jack Nathan Health, in partnership with Walmart, is now positioning itself to become the largest physician serviced healthcare network in Mexico.
"We believe that we are going to revolutionise healthcare as we embark on this historic growth phase.”