IU Creates Healthcare App to Track COVID


Indiana University has partnered with rural healthcare providers to track patient reports of COVID-19 symptoms and help residents make informed healthcare decisions. The IU team has developed a tool for residents of Orange and Crawford counties to monitor symptoms and notify providers and public health officials of potential infections.

Software developer and data analyst David Tidd, along with doctoral student Kristina Mullis and associate professor Jon Macy of the IU School of Public Health in Bloomington developed the tool in partnership with the IU Center for Rural Engagement and the Southern Indiana Community Health Care.

Residents of Orange and Crawford counties can use the online app to log their symptoms and track their health.

Dr Yolanda Yoder, family physician at Southern Indiana Community Health Care and Assistant Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at IU School of Medicine, said, “This tracking tool can improve communication as we plan for the best care for our patient, whether it is education on early symptoms, advice on quarantine practices or decisions about medical interventions. And with limited testing available, the data we collect can give us an epidemiological view of our rural communities during this pandemic, with a more complete picture as we make decisions moving forward. “

The university says the symptom tracking system is the second collaboration for Macy’s, the Center for Rural Engagement, and Southern Indiana Community Health Care.

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