Columbia and Boone County’s health department plans to automate its contact tracing efforts of COVID-19 positive residents through a secure data collection software called REDCap.
The software was created in 2004 at Vanderbilt University to track medical and research data. The health department would join the REDCap Consortium, giving it free access to the software.
Contact tracing is the process of identifying and notifying anyone who may have come in contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19. It also includes checking on patients for the weeks following their positive test to determine whether they are still at risk of spreading the virus. Across the country, contact tracing has stood out as one of the most promising tools to battle the spread of COVID-19.
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