SECURE MONITORING AND REPORTING FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
Sara Alert™ is a standards-based, open source tool that automates the process of public health monitoring and reporting of individuals exposed to or infected with COVID-19 or any infectious disease. It was developed by public health experts for public health. Sara Alert™ is available in the public domain, free of charge, to public health agencies.
Dr. Jarris on Sara Alert™
Amid public health emergencies and pandemics, like COVID-19, it’s important for public health agencies to be able to respond swiftly. Dr. Paul Jarris, Chief Medical Advisor of MITRE’s health transformation center, gives an in-depth presentation on Sara Alert™
The Benefit of Using Sara Alert™ to Public Health
Public health departments can use Sara Alert™ to remotely monitor individuals who have been diagnosed with an infectious disease or have been exposed to someone who is confirmed as having the disease. The benefits of using Sara Alert™ include:
RAPID IDENTIFICATION of a person requiring medical assistance, allowing a local health department to arrange a medial visit with minimal additional exposure.
IMPROVED MONITORING of individuals through automated daily symptom checks via web, text, email or phone.
EFFICIENT EXCHANGE of information with opportunities to provide updates and receive data in real time.
REDUCED BURDEN as public health professional will be able to more quickly triage individuals based on their reported daily symptoms and focus their time on individuals based on disease risk.
Sara Alert™ in the News
People determined to be a potential close contact of someone with COVID-19 will get a call from a Maine CDC staff person or from the automated Sara Alert system.
Guam Pacific Daily News
“As further restrictions are relaxed, we need to ensure our Public Health containment and isolation team has the resources they need to keep this virus in check and prevent another surge of confirmed cases,” said Gov. Leon Guerrero. “By deploying the new Sara Alert system, we can improve our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, protect the health of our people, and support our goal of safely opening up our community.
Individuals using the Sara Alert will be able to update Public Health daily about their health status during the period they are being monitored. This will This will also be a useful tool for travelers being released to home quarantine.
Visit our Travel to Vermont web page for continually updated information and guidance, including about quarantine requirements, testing, and to sign up with Sara Alert for symptom check reminders.
The Havre Daily News
The report said the department has also installed a new system called Sara Alert that allows people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19, or have been potentially exposed to it, to report their daily symptoms.
“We see this as a force multiplier and a way to apply our time more efficiently,” Wendland read from the report. Public Health Nurse Jessica Kennedy-Stiffarm said so far the system appears to be working very well.