A team of experts from KNUST School of Public Health has developed the web-based app, called Covid-19 TECHBOT.
It is the brainchild of Dr Arti Singh of the KNUST Hospital, who says the innovation was informed by the need to reduce excessive doctor-patient contact during this period due to the risk of cross-infection and reduce exposure to healthcare workers.
“We want to reduce as much as possible non-essential visits by patients. We don’t want many people to come to the hospital setting because these places are currently the most risky areas,” she explains.
Dr. Singh leveraged her experience in the use of technology for control of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension; with the support of Dean of Public Health, Prof Ellis Owusu-Dabo, and Kenneth Asante Owusu of the University Information Technology Services, to design an app that can be used to assess risk for COVID-19.
“It’s meant to reduce anxiety and panic that is caused by the covid-19 so that people can sit in their homes and assess their risk in the comfort of their homes,” she said.
The App, which is now a free weblink, was designed based on guidelines from the World Health Organisation and Ghana Health Service.
It gives assessment based on answers composed from 8 questions.
“It consists of eight questions with multiple choice options with different scores assigned to each response,” Dr Singh explains.
The tool provides a final risk assessment of the individual ranging from, low, medium to high risk. Read more here…