Health App Beta Testing In Savannah Will Alert Users To Infectious Disease In Public
A new health-monitoring app that could help communities fight contagious diseases will begin beta testing in Savannah this month. It’s accessed via smart phones and wearable fitness devices. GPB's Ellen Eldridge reports.
A new health-monitoring app that could help communities fight contagious diseases will begin beta testing in Savannah this month. It’s accessed via smartphones and wearable fitness devices.
The Advanced Monitoring Emergency System, or AdMoER app, is designed to protect the most vulnerable from COVID-19 and other contagious diseases by alerting the user to risk levels in public spaces.
AdMoER adviser Keith Fletcher called the system a “very advanced medical risk, artificial intelligence engine and predictive algorithm.”
The technology excites local officials who are eager to see tourism return to the city, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson said.
“For the city of Savannah, at least in the last 13 months, we've been looking for technologies, looking for people, looking for policies, looking for programs that help us to view our community through an equity lens, through an inclusion lens, through a diversity lens, through a technology lens,” Johnson said.
He added, “We're excited about the anticipated partnerships of our federal and state institutions, helping to take care of people, because ultimately this is what we should all be about.”
At its core, the AdMoER platform delivers information permitting everyone to better protect the most vulnerable and themselves from infectious diseases, Fletcher said.
“AdMoER enables targeted mitigation, protecting the vulnerable populations most at risk,” he said. “This, along with vaccination, will enable a return to a more normal life and business, especially in places with high human interaction.”
The app shares data with designated health care professionals about their patients, and provides a platform for public health officials to identify where resources should be deployed.
The app’s artificial intelligence also monitors the user’s pulse, blood pressure and temperature.
“When a medical professional has been designated, the AI will alert the medical professional that their patient may require attention,” Fletcher said.
Medical information is only shared privately with a designated doctor or health care provider.
After beta testing, the app is expected to be more widely available within the next three months.