Covid-19: How Karnataka contained spread through technology for tracing and tracking | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Karnataka has been able to contain the spread of Covid-19 more effectively compared to other states. One vital factor that has made this possible is the use of technology for tracing and tracking of Covid patients and monitoring home quarantine. Karnataka Covid War Room, under IAS officer Munish Moudgil and his team, has developed the following apps:
1. Contact Tracing – This mobile app records all contacts of Covid patient and enables govt to identify and quarantine them. It has web version also. The only one in the country, now copied by Haryana government.
2. Quarantine Watch – All contacts, interstate travellers are quarantined for 14 days. QW Mobile App keeps a watch over and enforces quarantine.
3. Yatri Web App – All international arrivals recorded by this software and passed on to quarantine Watch App to keep a watch on them.
4. Health Watch App – Mobile app (done with KSRSAC) has recorded door to door health survey of 1.6 Crore households. Identified vulnerable households and passed on data to Apthamitra and Health Dept to follow up.
5. Critical Patient Tracking System- web application allows Health Dept to daily tracking of all critical patients across Karnataka.
6. Daily Analytics and Reports – Daily analysis, trends, reports and status is presented for follow up.
7. Daily Rail and Air Passenger Arrival Tracking – Along with Sevasindhu software of eGov Dept, State War Room daily tracks each rail and air passenger arrivals and port the data to Quarantine Watch App and track their quarantine.
8. Corona Watch App – Informatory app, a precursor to the GoI’s Arogya Setu App.
Karnataka is the only state to have developed relevant apps, a clear example of how technically skilled techie-bureaucrats can know the need of the hour and arrive at the judicious match of govt functioning and application of technology.

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