VANCOUVER - Hot Tomali Communications and AmericanEHR have launched a website to help users find COVID-19 testing sites across the US and Canada. Complete with searchable maps and filters, the website is powered with a set of verified COVID-19 testing locations that have been identified by a growing team of volunteers. Testing location managers can add and/or claim their profile in order to update users on availability, hours, and criteria for COVID-19 testing. The website can be found at HealthAlerts.io.
Health Alerts COVID-19 Testing allows users to submit new testing locations and real time updates through reviews and pictures as a means to crowdsource rapidly changing test site information.
Further, HealthAlerts.io connects users to self-assessment tools based on their geographic location. Self-assessments are generally the first step in determining a person's eligibility for testing. For example some test sites require patients to make an appointment, have a physician referral, or be a member of a particular health organization in order to qualify for a COVID-19 test.
Ensuring users have access to the most trusted COVID-19 information is critically important. To achieve this HealthAlerts.io also provides real-time health alert bulletins from CDC, HHS, FDA, WHO, Health Canada, HealthLinkBC, and ECDC.
No personal data is required for users to access the Health Alerts COVID-19 Testing tool. To submit reviews or to claim and manage COVID-19 test locations, users have the option to create an account.
Accompanying apps for iOS and Android will be available for download in the Apple App Store and on Google Play shortly.
"In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we made the call three weeks ago to build a tool to help fight this virus (our self-imposed version of the Defence Production Act)" says Thomas Stringham, Founder & CEO of Hot Tomali and AmericanEHR. "We leveraged technology from previous projects (Pooch.pet and AmericanEHR Health Alerts) which allowed us to develop a solution really rapidly. This tool can help reduce the burden on frontline healthcare workers. This is how we flatten the curve"
Testing broadly is highly critical to be able to identify and isolate people with the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Serological tests have been developed to identify COVID-19 antibodies—this can allow people displaying immunity to return to work or reduce the social and economic lockdown restrictions that are hampering the global economy.
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. To learn more about these services and to view Hot Tomali's online portfolio, visit http://www.hottomali.com.
AmericanEHR is a free resource designed to aid the medical community with the selection, implementation, and effective use of health information technology. AmericanEHR is supported by 24 professional societies and content partners, including the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Family Physician (AAFP), and Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). For more information on AmericanEHR visit: http://www.americanehr.com