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Minimum Effective Data: HealthQ Supports Healthy Workplaces Via At-Home Checks and Secure Reporting

Employers are piecing together one of the toughest puzzles they have faced in a generation: How to safely get employees back to work in the middle of an ongoing pandemic. HealthQ by Covitech was designed to make this process easier without invasive data gathering.

A simple and secure app for smartphones, tablets, and desktops, HealthQ allows employees to self-screen and report any potentially troubling symptoms before they leave home. After giving consent for HealthQ to gather the necessary data, the app walks employees through a set of straightforward questions to guide better decision making about when to come in and when to stay home. These include temperature checks, symptom lists, and other pertinent information about the employee’s wellbeing.

“The CDC has strongly recommended employers conduct daily health checks, but putting a system like this in place on your own is harder than it seems,” explains Covitech co-founder Paul Hershenson. “We’ve created software that allows workers to check in at home, before they expose any of their colleagues or customers, in a way that protects their privacy.”

HealthQ by Covitech features:

Consent: Employee consent is solicited and recorded;
Privacy: All interactions conform with HIPAA, FDA, EEOC, and other relevant regulations;
Reminders: Employees receive daily reminders to complete a health check;
Check in: Conducts guided employee symptom checks;
Instructions: Gives accurate information to employees with symptoms about next steps;
Notification: Authorized individuals at the company receive notification of reports of COVID symptoms.

Contact tracing and other tracking methods are challenging to implement in the US, due to variations in local approaches and general skepticism. HealthQ discretely fills this gap for companies who want to maintain a healthy work environment while helping stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“We’re facing a crisis of trust as we face this public health crisis,” explains Covitech co-founder, tech investor and instigator Arabian Prince. “HealthQ aims to build trust. It doesn’t track your location or contacts; it simply helps you monitor your health and make the right decision about going into work. It lets your employer know in a limited, appropriate way how you’re feeling. We’re striving to capture the minimum effective dose of data to contain this pandemic.”

Covitech offers HealthQ free of charge to all companies, big and small, looking to reopen safely. “Our mission is to develop products and services that make a positive impact as we all struggle to endure the pandemic. We want as many companies as possible to come out of this prepared to prosper,” says Hershenson.