Rapidly screen patients for COVID-19
Clinicians at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine have developed a patient-focused screening platform that allows patients to engage with a screening algorithm that can calculate the patient’s risk and probability of a COVID-19 diagnosis. This technology also provides the patient with recommendations that are specific to their unique scenario and set of symptoms.
The advantage of this technology over similar technologies is that the clinicians have incorporated design logic based on current medical emergencies that are associated with the disease of interest. The screening logic is able to decipher and weed out emergent cases while providing next-step resources to the patient. This patient-consumer health informatics platform allows for the development and implementation of consumer focused technology that promotes well-being and optimal health.
The screening tool can be used for other disease states. For example, this tool could help a patient decide if they have a simple case of a sore throat or a case of streptococcus. The screener then suggests if the patient should see a doctor or reach for over-the-counter care based on the severity of symptoms. This screener, by steering consumer’s decision making process, has the ability to work with local pharmacies and increase foot traffic.
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