• Software company, HealthSpace Data Systems (CSE:HS) has deployed its contact tracing platform to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The platform has so far been provided to the Okanogan County Public Health in Washington and the Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Contact tracing is the practice of retracing an infected person’s steps in order to establish who else might be infected
  • The automated platform will send out a secure questionnaire, enabling the person to enter their symptoms, temperature and other vital information
  • HealthSpace Data Systems (HS) is currently up 15.38 per cent to 7.5 cents, with a market cap of C$11.41 million

Software company, HealthSpace Data Systems (CSE:HS) has deployed its contact tracing platform to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based in North Carolina, HealthSpace provides state and local government agencies with cloud and mobile applications. The company currently serves more than 500 government agencies across North America.

So far, the contact tracing platform has been provided to the Okanogan County Public Health in Washington and the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

Contact tracing is a practice used by epidemiologists to retrace the activities of a person who has tested positive for a virus or infection. The subsequent aim is to then track down other people who may have been infected.

The process is notoriously complex and time consuming. However, HealthSpace’s new platform is intended to relieve some of that stress.

The software replaces the manual process of calling and interviewing each individual contact. Instead, an automated system sends out a secure link via text message or email.

Upon following the link, each contact will be taken to a daily questionnaire which allows them to enter their symptoms and temperature. The questionnaire will also require the contact to list recent places they have visited, as well as anyone they may have come into contact with.

The information is then stored securely in HealthSpace’s HSCloud Suite platform, which provides detailed reporting and analysis.

Silas Garrison, CEO of HealthSpace Data Systems, said that the platform comes at a time where governments and public health agencies are scrambling for help.

“Our team has been working tirelessly since we discovered the need for digital contact tracing and were able to stand up, in record time, a platform that truly scales contact tracing to meet the magnitude of this global crisis.

“The more we empower these public health agencies, the faster they can react to capping the spread of the virus,” he said.

HealthSpace Data Systems (HS) is currently up 15.38 per cent to 7.5 cents at 2:01pm EST.

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