COVID 19

Telehealth app helps medical staff find specialists

With the National Emergency Tele-Critical Care Network app, users can set up virtual critical care wards and help medical staff find available remote experts by searching for an on-duty provider by specialty.

Machine learning spots language disparities to improve COVID-19 tracing

Thanks to researchers at Stanford University, public health officials in Stata Clara County, California, can better predict individual’s language needs, helping contact tracers resolve cases faster.

California faces challenges tracking COVID testing, vaccination data

The state’s Department of Human Resources said 66% of the state’s employees have provided proof they are vaccinated, but only half of 59,000 unvaccinated state employees were being tested as required.

Some states are cloaking prison COVID data

While most corrections systems have never provided much information about the spread of the virus in their institutions, lately it has gotten worse. Even less transparency is available from city and county jails and in juvenile detention facilities.

5 ways to keep vaccine ‘cold chain’ safe from hackers

Health systems can protect themselves from electromagnetic interference that fools temperature sensors into giving false readings.

CDC eyes electronic verification of staff vaccinations

CDC is looking for a way to authenticate COVID-19 vaccine data on its employees and to provide proof of recent tests for employees traveling abroad.

NASA wants app to monitor, analyze employee vaccinations

NASA is looking for a smartphone app that would not only allow its 18,000 employees to display their vaccination status when entering a NASA facility, but also help the space agency efficiently survey, report and analyze data on the immunization status of its workforce.

Minnesota launches digital vaccination record

Using the Docket app, Minnesotans can access their immunization records to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

States’ smartphone exposure notification apps get mixed reviews

While the apps improved the speed and reach of contact tracing, the Government Accountability Office found several challenges limiting app use and the ability of states and others to determine whether the apps were effective.

How data, analytics and AI power public health

Advances in immunization information systems and contact tracing are a few example of progress made during the pandemic that will set the tone for years to come.

Hawaii unwraps voluntary digital vaccination record

Hawaii has become the latest state to allow residents to upload and verify their COVID-19 vaccination status.

Virginia expands sewage surveillance for COVID

To better spot infections before cases spike, the Virginia Department of Health’s wastewater surveillance testing program will start receiving data weekly from 25 sites selected based on geographical location and population-testing rates.

COVID dashboard tracks county virus spread

Washoe County, Nev., turned to Esri ArcGIS to create a dashboard that would monitor the virus’ progression through the area.

V-Safe: How everyday people help the CDC track COVID vaccine safety with their phones

The v-safe registry lets inoculated people report their experiences, including serious suspected side effects, directly to the CDC through smartphones, adding to the data gathered from clinical trials and other safety monitoring systems.

UI modernization to get boost from new Labor office

The Department of Labor's new Office of Unemployment Insurance Modernization is tasked with managing the $2 billion already allotted to UI initiatives by the American Rescue Plan Act.

States pull back on COVID data even amid delta surge

Just as hurricane warnings are needed ahead of storm, full information on COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations is vital during the pandemic, public health experts say.

Price tag on NY’s vaccination app keeps rising

New York’s Excelsior Pass vaccine authentication app may cost much more than first expected.