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To help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the country, local developers have been doing their share by designing and publishing apps. These aim to help Filipinos monitor their personal health and vulnerability to the virus, and keep them informed.

ENDCoV

Created by a team of Master of Science in Innovation and Business students from the Asian Institute of Management, ENDCoV helps users assess their personal risk to the virus.

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Individuals have to sign up and answer a survey that follows the triage algorithm approved by the DOH and consistent with the WHO’s latest surveillance definition of the disease. The app will then determine their health status and offer recommendations on the next steps, such as going through self-quarantine or getting tested for COVID-19.

Users can also keep information on the people they recently came in contact with, as well as the places they recently visited. These details are stored in the app privately for contact tracing.

The app also conforms to the Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Disclosure of Notifiable Diseases Act and RA 10173 or the Data Privacy Act, as well as policies issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force and the Office of the President.

WeTrace

Developed by an IT expert from Cebu, WeTrace uses geolocation for contact tracing and to generate patient mapping.

After installing the app, users will need to turn their mobile data on to activate it. WeTrace assigns each user a unique QR code, which ensures that their privacy is protected and data is secured. The app will then trace their timeline and movements, keeping track of places they visited as well as other WeTrace users nearby.

Should a user get infected, authorities can check on his or her WeTrace data or contact tracing. WeTrace will also notify those who were in contact with the infected user so they could monitor their status and seek immediate medical care.

COVID Watch PH

Created through the joint effort of the DICT, DSWD, and PHIC, COVID Watch PH is made as a registration and contact tracing app available to the public to aid in the monitoring of COVID-19 cases it the country.

The app collects real-time data with accurate locating services, which will help guide the national government in implementing the needed action.

Aside from contact tracing, the app also provides triage assessment and enables a COVID patient to request for financial assistance to help them pay hospitalization bills.

RC143

The official app of the Philippine Red Cross, RC143 uses AI as well as wireless geolocation and sensory capabilities of users’ smartphones to track one’s Exposure Risk Meter, or levels of exposure to the virus. It also notifies the user when they enter a high-risk zone and allows them to connect with the Philippine Red Cross for medical assistance in the event of a possible infection.

ENDCoV, WeTrace, COVID Watch PH, and RC143 are all available on the Google Play Store.

For developers who want to help in the COVID-19 response efforts by publishing apps on the Google Play Store, you may file an advance notice to the review team here.

 

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.