Testing, Testing, One, Two, Three

by Mike Hunter

Scottsdale-based COVID Testing To You offers mobile, FDA-certified COVID-19 antibody and virus testing to Arizona employers with at least 10 employees, providing an affordable and scalable way for employers to manage through the reopening phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The startup’s medical director, Reyes Topete, M.D., has worked in the medical field in Arizona for more than 20 years. All tests follow FDA guidelines as well as standard medical protocols, have trained medical professionals supporting the test and resulting measures, and are reported to the Arizona Department of Health Services. 

The SmartContact solution from Chicago-based Auscura utilizes web-based communication automation to gather actionable data in a 30-second e-survey used as a virtual screening tool for employees returning to the workplace. It takes into account both day-of symptoms as well as exposure risk — data that can be quickly retrieved whenever needed. SmartContact is able to recognize clusters and immediately alert company leaders. The solution also allows healthcare staff to electronically contact patients sent home to assure their well-being and uncover or resolve follow-up or service issues. Additionally, employees are linked to both educational resources and made aware of company policies that address infection control. It meets CDC and OSHA requirements as well as HIPAA privacy standards and overcomes the cost and other drawbacks of in-person entrance screeners.

Two health-screening apps from BuildCenter, a COBE Construction software spinoff, help construction firms comply with new protocols to reduce the risk of spread on job sites. The Health Screening Free app has been available since May. The new Pro edition targets projects requiring large numbers of workers. Health Screening Pro has interactive, distributive workforce capabilities such as generating bar codes that let workers self-register on their mobile phones. Simultaneously, it sends information to the on-site screener’s device, creating a pending list that reduces routine data entry and ensures workers get on the job quickly. Data is securely stored on a cloud server, allowing quick “contact tracing” and notification should exposure occur.

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