Company trying to bring COVID-19 symptom tracker to New York

An Oneida County software developer has written an application that can be used to help prevent the spread of COVID 19.

Posted: May 19, 2020 6:13 PM
Updated: May 19, 2020 6:29 PM

California company OverSightMD has developed an application that can be used to track COVID-19 symptoms in real-time. The idea is to log on to your phone, tablet, or computer and input your health conditions on the app. The application uses that data to predict possible outbreaks, and contacts the patient for immediate support. Unlike other applications that track already infected people, a local software developer says this one uses your symptoms to get in front of the spread.

"If someone starts showing signs of symptoms of any kind, whether it’s coughing, fever, whatever, you need to be able to react to that information as quickly as possible again to keep the high risk or even medium risk people… the public safe," he said.

Because the patient loads their information into the system, the results are in real-time, and diagnosis can be made quickly. The information can also be used to treat symptoms other than COVID-19.

"I think that there’s going to be a lot of depression, a lot of potential suicide. Right. People are economically devastated from this thing, and so we have a whole behavior and psychological aspect to our platform as well," he said.

OverSightMD CEO Mark Godwin says while the system can be used for COVID-related responses, the after effects of the disease may be just as demanding.

"So having that additional support there, they could be reporting in if they’re feeling depressed or have anxiety, and quickly have a telehealth call with one of our licensed individuals," he said.

OverSightMD has contacted Congressman Anthony Brindisi’s office trying to implement the system statewide. The information has been passed on to the Empire State Development Agency for further review.

Congressman Brindisi did say, “It is all hands on deck in the fight against COVID-19 and it is no surprise that innovation is coming from the Mohawk Valley. As we try to responsibly and safely reopen our economy, I will continue to do everything I can to offer help for constituents, workers, and small businesses looking to cut through red-tape and contribute to our comeback.”

The company is also trying to work with Gov. Cuomo’s office, but has yet to receive any correspondence from them.

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