Kent County Health Department releases mobile health screening app

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The Kent County Health Department on Tuesday launched a new web-based application for residents to help the county identify COVID-19 risks.

The app comes with an anonymous survey that will provide health officials with valuable data that could potentially identify future “hot spots” in Kent County.

“Our ability to respond to this pandemic depends upon timely, accurate and multisourced data,” Kent County Health Department Director Adam London said. “The information gathered through this survey will provide us with an additional layer of data to make strategic decisions on how we use our resources.”

To complete the survey, residents will be asked to answer four personal identification questions, including year of birth, gender, county and ZIP code.

All data will be kept confidential and housed in a secure database. Under licensed agreements, health care professionals, hospitals and local health departments will have access to the anonymous data to learn more about the community’s health to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

To complete the survey, go to keepmihealthy.org and click “Get Started.” Upon completion, residents can optionally provide their mobile phone number to receive a daily text reminder to take the survey. By taking the survey daily, it will ensure health officials are making decisions based on the most current information available.

KCHD partnered with Grand Rapids data analytics company OST to develop the platform. A Spanish version of the application will be released shortly.

“We would like to thank local technology developer OST for turning this community health screening concept into reality,” London said. “Without being asked, they identified a need, reached out to us and other community partners, and quickly developed an easy-to-use and effective screening tool.”

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