Relola launches StopCoronaVirus.Relola.com to boost data available to researchers by empowering the public to self report.
San Francisco, March 2, 2020 - In reaction to the Coronavirus emergency, data sharing and mapping provider Relola announced today that it is making its QuantaStat platform available for free to crowdsource the public’s health status and accelerate data gathering otherwise limited to information gathered by health care providers.
The company’s digital map hosted on StopCoronaVirus.Relola.com can be embedded by health organizations, public agencies, nonprofits and private web communities on their websites. Once embedded, the map directs users to anonymously answer five simple questions that can be used to quantify and identify Coronavirus concentrations across the U.S. and the world.
“When our team realized that Relola’s QuantaStat platform could be used to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and save lives,” comments Relola CEO Heather Sittig, ”we felt a responsibility to make this resource available to the world. In a matter of hours we developed a software configuration and website that enables people everywhere to update their status anonymously. By providing a safe environment to report health statuses, we can all work together to stop this virus in its tracks.”
Once on StopCoronaVirus.Relola.com or on other websites hosting the map, people are encouraged to “share their status,” whether they are experiencing symptoms or not. A status update includes the same basic Coronavirus symptoms used by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, possible exposure to confirmed carriers and recent international travel. The status is anonymously reported and can be used by local and federal agencies to analyze, educate and react to new data gathered in real time.
“During previous global viral outbreaks, this kind of crowdsourcing technology simply wasn’t available,” continues Sittig, “and our objective is to provide new reach and scale to data gathering efforts otherwise limited to patients interacting with the health system.”
The interactive map can be embedded on any website and drive participation. Community leaders and news outlets can receive the free map widget for their websites by emailing: email@example.com
This data captured is available for free to qualified public health officials. To request access to the data please email: firstname.lastname@example.org