Nov 16, 2020

Online tool analyses Covid-19 behaviour to prevent infection

infection prevention
Leila Hawkins
2 min
Online tool analyses Covid-19 behaviour to prevent infection
The data can also help governments develop targeted policy and interventions...

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." 

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Jun 14, 2021

Zoom enters the healthcare market - a timeline

3 min
We chart Zoom's rise and entrance into the healthcare market

Since the pandemic began Zoom has become an integral part of daily life for people working from home, as well as a vital tool for families and friends to communicate. However it's also been eyeing up the healthcare space since 2017, and following the boom in telehealth the company has been rolling out additional services. Here we chart Zoom's move into healthcare. 

2011 - 2013

Zoom is founded in San Jose, California, by Eric Yuan, formerly of Cisco. He got the idea to create a video calling platform from his visits to his girlfriend while he was a student, which would take 10 hours by train. 

A beta version is released in 2012, which can host up to 15 participants. In 2013 this rises to 25. By mid-2013, Zoom has 1 million users. 

2014 - 2017

Zoom attracts investors, including Sequoia Capital, Emergence and Horizon Ventures. By January 2017, Zoom has a series D funding worth $100 million.

2017 - 2019

Zoom for Telehealth launches, including an integration with EHR system Epic. It has cloud-based video, audio, and content sharing features, a "waiting room" for patients, and can easily be integrated into healthcare provider's workflows. 

In 2019 Zoom goes public, with its IPO rising 72% in one day. 


As a result of the pandemic, Zoom gains 2.2 million new users, more than in the whole of 2019. On the 23rd of March alone - the day the UK lockdown was announced - the platform was downloaded 2.13 million times around the world. 

Share prices rise to around $150, and founder and chief executive Eric Yuan becomes one of the world's richest people, with an estimated net worth of $7.9 billion. 

Early security issues are addressed by encrypting data with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). By now the the platform allows 99 people to be on a call simultaneously
New features launch, including Zoom Home and Zoom for Chats. Throughout the year the platform is used to replace most kinds of real life events: work meetings, online classrooms, church services and social events. 


Renamed Zoom for Healthcare, users can share secured video, audio, and content through desktops, mobile phones, and conference devices. As well as Epic, it can be integrated with Strmr, IntakeQ, and Practice Better.

It can also be used with diagnostic cameras and other point-of-care devices, including digital stethoscopes.

In an interview with Korea Biomedical Review, Zoom Global Healthcare Lead Ron Emerson said: "Our service is not simply a virtual care and telemedicine platform but a multi-purpose platform that can satisfy the needs of healthcare institutions."

"It can be used for administrative tasks, including telemedicine, medical team meetings, recruitment, medical education, employee training, and disease prevention. Analysing electronic records managed by Zoom could provide meaningful insights into patient care." 

Phoenix Children's Hospital, Belfast's Hospital Services Limited, Butler Health Services and the global Project ECHO are among Zoom for Healthcare's current customers. 

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