Washington University is launching a smartphone system that can anonymously alert users when they have been near another user who has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. The system, called MO/Notify, is being launched with approval of the state of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Health and uses the Exposure Notifications system provided by Google and Apple.
WashU Med’s Institute for Informatics has led its design and deployment, working with the tech giants to make it available to students, faculty and staff and integrate it into the university’s student health and occupational health services.
“Quick notification can have a huge impact on the dynamics of a pandemic, especially as we continue to re-open our university and need to keep tabs on new variants and their impact on our campus community,” said Philip R.O. Payne, PhD, the institute’s director, who is also the school’s chief data scientist and associate dean for health information and data science.
Learn how to get the MO/Notify app on your phone.