The ability to trace COVID-19 positive contacts is not an easy process.
Many organizations use timesheets or computer applications that
requiring a person to manually enter information. These methods follow
single entry to an area but not to specific individuals they interact with
with throughout the day.
An ongoing contact tracing effort with the Joint Emergent Operational
Need uses handheld devices and a network of receiving devices called
anchors for recording data collected from the wearable devices with respect to
to the CDC’s COVID-19 close contact phrase “too close for too long”. This
the contact tracing system has completed its efforts to meet all CDC requirements
and entered the final phase of independent testing and validation
and verification. Testing is underway at METIC, PEO DHMS’
secure, shared and managed facility that provided hosting services for
federal health IT testing events that require physical and hands-on equipment
trial. PEO DHMS plans to deploy a comprehensive solution
in September 2022.
The team can reuse the WorkWell architecture as the basis for this contact
tracing design. WorkWell reports work availability, work location and
The COVID-19 status and the reuse of this architecture allows the team to shorten
development time. The frontend application allows MTF administrators
to provide portable devices to service members simply and easily and
provides near real-time views of devices that were “too close for too long”.
Additionally, the system provides contact information for service members
who test positive for COVID-19, providing valuable information in the
fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Portable devices can also be used on board a ship in a
offline mode. This mode captures information
and monitored locally while service members are deployed. On return,
the system reconnects to a military network and unloads the contact
information to central databases.
The contact tracing system is just the start of a larger effort to get into the
“Internet of Things” world safely and securely. The information acquired in
this project supports future efforts to expand the potential use of other
devices to capture otherwise unavailable data.

Date taken: 27.04.2022
Date posted: 29.04.2022 11:24
Story ID: 419434

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