E-medicine feat. COVID
Czech solutions have taken the forefront with the integration of modern technology.
One key figure in driving the development and implementation of restrictive measures in the Czech Republic was Zdeněk Hřib, the mayor of Prague. With a background as a trained doctor, Hříb played a crucial role in the creation of the country's electronic prescription system, which successfully replaced paper equivalents. Drawing upon his expertise in electronic medicine, Hříb recognizes the immense potential of smart digital solutions in effectively combating the virus. Embracing these technologies is seen as a pivotal factor in achieving success in the battle against the pandemic.On April 20
, an innovative program called "Smart Quarantine" was implemented. Its first phase focuses on conducting extensive testing
to assess the presence of collective immunity within the population. Approximately 27,000 individuals were invited to participate in voluntary testing for COVID-19 antibodies. The study was conducted in several cities, including Prague, Brno, Olomouc, Litovel, and Uničov.
As part of the testing process, participants were required to fill out a questionnaire that collected information such as recent travel history and whether they had been working since March 1. By analyzing the collected samples, the study aimed to determine the percentage of the population that had been previously infected and assess the presence of collective immunity against COVID-19 in the country.
Starting from May 11
, the Czech Republic was set to enter the second stage of the "Smart Quarantine" program. It aimed to track not only individuals showing visible symptoms of illness but also asymptomatic individuals who had come into contact with the infected.
To facilitate this tracking process, the geolocation of citizens was monitored using various means, including cell phone data, bank card transactions, and the mobile application "eRouška".
Once installed, the app assigns a personal number to the smartphone and asks for permission to turn on Bluetooth. In public spaces, it "scans" nearby phones with the same app installed, recording information about close contacts. If someone using the app becomes infected, healthcare professionals can access the memory of their smartphone, retrieve a list of users they came into close contact with, and reach out to them.
And that wraps up our overview of the measures that have contributed to the Czech Republic's successful efforts in curbing the spread of the virus. If you have any further inquiries, please feel free to reach out to our colleague from marketing Polina (@Polinamala).
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