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About Sara Alert™
In response to the emergence of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, MITRE is developing a standards-based, open source tool in partnership with national public health organizations. The tool allows public health officials to enroll individuals at risk of developing a coronavirus infection and enables individuals to enter their symptoms daily, providing public health departments real-time insights. Sara Alert™ offers multiple access methods including web, text, email, and phone calls. The tool provides increased efficiency in tracking potential cases, leading to earlier containment of the virus and reduction of burden on public health resources. The tool is being developed to be disease-independent, so it can be refined to support future diseases.
To contain a novel outbreak, early identification of new cases is essential. Monitoring exposed individuals to safely refer to care and contain spread is labor intensive and efficient and effective available tools are limited. In response, MITRE, a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), partnered with major public health organizations to develop a standards-based, open source tool, Sara Alert™. The tool allows public health to enroll individuals at risk of developing any disease and enables individuals to enter their symptoms daily, providing public health departments real-time insights. Sara Alert™ serves as a force multiplier that supports governmental public health response to emerging disease threats that may include active monitoring and home isolation for disease containment or mitigation. It allows public health resources to be directed where they are most needed. Sara Alert™ is available, free, to state and local public health departments and serves as an enduring resource easily configured for the next disease.