By Praduman Jain, Founder and CEO, Vibrent Health
The war on COVID-19 is in full force. While doctors and nurses are on the front lines, technology and data are behind the scenes proving to be invaluable weapons in this fight. As pharmaceutical companies strive to develop an approved vaccine, contact tracing plays a vital role in reopening the country, rebooting the economy, saving businesses, protecting at-risk industries and helping get America back to normal as fast as possible.
I am thrilled to announce that the NIH has awarded Vibrent Health a contract to expand and enhance our Digital Health Solutions Platform to develop Wi-Fi-enabled contact tracing designed to protect individuals from exposure to COVID-19 and to assist society with the return to normalcy. With this latest NIH contract, Vibrent will create a next-generation contact-tracing technology solution that combines the best of science and technology to enhance the public health response to the pandemic. This is especially important for populations at higher risk of exposure, such as essential workers and racial and ethnic minorities, who have been disproportionally affected by the virus.
Contact tracing slows the spread of COVID-19 by helping to protect individuals, family members and communities by alerting people who may have been exposed, advising action on how they should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and recommending if they should self-quarantine or get tested.
The work contact tracers are doing today to help with the pandemic is nothing short of heroic. However, they are faced with many challenges due to labor-intensive and manual processes. While there have been efforts to help automate and digitize this process, many are focused solely on Bluetooth-enabled technology, which is limited in its scale. What’s more, this approach only allows for short-range communications and requires end users to manually configure settings, making it inconsistent and less reliable.
Vibrent Health’s data-driven approach is different – the security, stability and depth of Vibrent Health’s scientifically validated platform enhances contact-tracing efforts by making use of networking data collected from already existing Wi-Fi infrastructures that are pre-installed on most smart devices.
Vibrent Health’s technology development will focus on the following capabilities:
The lynchpin of winning against COVID-19 is fast-scaling scientifically validated tools that can bring the benefit of technology to the battle. Vibrent Health is utilizing data-driven approaches to help people make better health decisions and help society return to normal faster, especially for more vulnerable populations. As the world seeks validated science to combat COVID-19, we are proud to continue our work to make a significant impact on the fight against coronavirus. Vibrent takes our role in this fight seriously, and we will keep doing our part until we ultimately win the war.