ThinkMD Develops a COVID-19 Screening tool for World-Wide Use
ThinkMD sprung into action with the advent of COVID-19, began designing a screening tool for use around the world. They released this screening app capable of triaging, determining when to seek medical care, and educating on how to prevent its spread. It’s even functional in 14 different languages.
ThinkMD was founded in 2014 by physicians from the University of Vermont. They wanted to eliminate preventable deaths around the world. They knew millions of children died from treatable illnesses like pneumonia every year, and decided to do something about it. Healthcare decisions can be time sensitive, but accessing healthcare professionals is not always easy. So they collaborated with clinicians, engineers, data scientists, finance, and global health specialists to combine health care expertise with mobile technology. They came up with a diagnostic and treatment app, downloadable on virtually any laptop, tablet or smartphone.
They redesigned this tool to be COVID-19 specific, and released it as a free app to be used by anyone who needs it. They regularly update the tool based on information from the WHO and CDC and with country specific mandates in order to provide up-to-date advice and healthcare. And to ensure it is useful for anyone, after it is downloaded, the app remains fully functional offline. Data collected can be used to help ministries and international health agencies with developing and monitoring response strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to maximize appropriate testing and healthcare delivery to those who need it the most.
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