Sara Alert™ in the News

Clay County health officials see success with automated system to track COVID cases

KMBC Kansas City

The public health agency has started using the Sara Alert system to bring automation to disease investigation, symptom tracking and contact tracing for COVID-19.

“It’s a great system,” said Danielle Roethler, a community development specialist with the Health Department. “It was designed for public health for this purpose.”

The department started using the Sara Alert system three weeks ago. It joins both the Unified Government Public Health Department and Cass County Health Department in the Kansas City metro area using Sara Alert. The free, open-source tool for public health departments is designed by MITRE, a not-for-profit federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) based in both Massachusetts and Virginia.

Read full KMBC Kansas City article.

Characteristics and Outcomes of Contacts of COVID-19 Patients Monitored Using an Automated Symptom Monitoring Tool — Maine, May–June 2020

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

Maine found that using automated symptom monitoring as a part of the state’s contact tracing program was well received, with the majority of monitored contacts (96.4%) agreeing to automated symptom monitoring. Automated symptom monitoring promptly identified COVID-19 diagnoses among monitored contacts.

Read full CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report article.

Contact Tracing Aided by Automated Monitoring

Infection Control Daily

Maine health officials did not have the resources to conduct contract tracing in the traditional manner, and Maine’s relatively sparse, and spread out population also presented obstacles. The technological answer to these problems is called Sara Alert, an automated, web-based symptom monitoring tool. Maine began enrolling contact patients in Sara Alert on May 14. “Maine found that using automated symptom monitoring as a part of the state’s contact tracing program was well received, with the majority of monitored contacts (96.4%) agreeing to automated symptom monitoring,” the study states.

Read full Infection Control Daily article.

MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing

The Ellsworth American

MDI Hospital will use the web-based Sara Alert tool to begin contacting those “close contacts” (anyone who has been within 6 feet of the person for 15 minutes or more) of these out-of-state cases, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Nirav Shah announced Tuesday.

Read full The Ellsworth American article.

MDI hospital starts pilot project to track coronavirus’ spread among out-of-state visitors

Bangor Daily News

Using Sara Alert, the hospital will be able to enroll the close contacts of those out-of-state people into a system that Maine already uses to trace contacts of its residents when they have confirmed infections, according to Shah. That will allow health officials to monitor the symptoms of those people — who would share them daily using text, email or other methods — so they can provide them with timely advice on testing and treatment as necessary

Read full Bangor Daily News article.

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