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Digital Health Company Offering COVID-19 Screener


Last updated 4/22/2020 at 3:56pm

Sharecare, a digital health company, has announced the launch of an interactive COVID-19 screener – developed in partnership with IPsoft and NTT DATA – to provide the general public with a helpful way to anonymously self-screen for the novel coronavirus.

One of Sharecare’s strategic partners in the Blue Zones Project, a community wellbeing improvement initiative, is Pisgah Health Foundation.

“Our aim at the Pisgah Health Foundation is to improve the overall well-being of the communities we serve through innovation and partnerships. With the support of Sharecare and the Blue Zones Project, we are rapidly responding to the needs of our community during this uncertain time by deploying resources and lifesaving capabilities like Sharecare’s screener to our residents and strategic partners,” said Lex Green, president at Pisgah Health Foundation, in a press release.

Accessible via Share-care’s website and smartphone app, the screener is also available for free to any U.S. organization to put on their website in an effort to empower people to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while easing the strain on health care providers, according to the release. The press release also states that Sharecare incorporated the latest guidance on COVID-19 into AskMD, its award-winning symptom checker that was built from more than 20 years of military funded research. The company partnered with NTT DATA to integrate the dynamic AskMD algorithm into an interactive conversational solution powered by IPsoft’s cognitive AI, Amelia.

By harnessing the power of Amelia’s conversational abilities, the resulting COVID-19 screener from Sharecare allows people to get answers quickly and anonymously without having to wait, helping them understand the severity of their COVID-19 risk; and whether they need to go to the emergency room, consult a medical professional, or stay home and monitor symptoms, according to the release.

Residents can access the symptom screener by visiting http://www.pisgah and clicking the COVID-19 chat icon.


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