Mass COVID-19 testing is the only way for people to get back to normalcy and for the economy to re-open safely.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (PRWEB) April 23, 2020
HealthAlerts.io is a website that maps coronavirus testing sites across the US, Canada and Mexico and is now live. Complete with searchable maps and filters, the site has already curated and approved over 6,200 verified COVID-19 testing locations with new data being added daily. While the initial list of test locations have come from public health organizations and government sources, users can also submit new testing locations, reviews and pictures as a means to crowdsource the rapidly changing COVID-19 testing landscape.
To expedite the testing process, users are directed to self-assessment tools based on their geographic location. Self-assessments are the first step in determining a person’s eligibility for COVID-19 testing. Localized assessment tools allow users to determine what steps they need to take to get tested without burdening the healthcare system with unnecessary phone and email inquiries.
HealthAlerts.io was created by digital agency Hot Tomali, and was a winner of the COVID-19 Global Hackathon #BuildforCOVID19. The hackathon, which promoted the development of software to take on challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic was initially a collaboration between the tech world, scientists at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, and the World Health Organization. Participating technology companies include AWS, Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, Pinterest, Salesforce, Slack, TikTok, WeChat, and more.
The #BuildforCOVID19 Hackathon was a massive global effort, featuring 18,929 participants from over 175 countries. From that group, teams submitted over 1,560 projects and HealthAlerts.io was one of only 89 winning projects.
“We’re extremely happy to have been selected in the #BuildforCOVID19 hackathon, and to have a live project that’s already serving the public” says Thomas Stringham, Founder & CEO of Hot Tomali. “We leveraged technology from previous projects which allowed us to develop a solution rapidly. Mass COVID-19 testing is the only way for people to get back to normalcy and for the economy to re-open safely. Our goal is to make COVID-19 testing as accessible as possible.”
To ensure ongoing access to the most trusted COVID-19 information, HealthAlerts.io also offers real-time health alert bulletins from CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), HHS (United States Department of Health and Human Services), FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), WHO (World Health Organization), Health Canada, HealthLinkBC, and ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control). The alert data is pulled directly from sources via RSS as they are published. More sources are being added as they become available.
Winner of Ad Age’s International Small Agency of the Year award, Hot Tomali Communications is an integrated digital agency that specializes in building digital tools and campaigns for healthcare, education and consumer brands. The agency has delivered digital tools for numerous healthcare organizations over the years, including the American College of Physicians (ACP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BC Cancer Agency, and AmericanEHR. To learn more about these services and to view Hot Tomali’s online portfolio, visit http://www.hottomali.com.