“The National Institutes of Health moved its COVID-19 verifiable health status reporting and contact tracing pilot into a second phase, awardee IBM announced Thursday.”
“IBM will begin working with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC Water) to deploy its Digital Health Pass to prove to NIH the platform will work with third-party organizations. The platform combines public health data like test results and onsite temperature scans with contract tracing technology and will inform the Maryland water utility’s pandemic decisions to bring employees back.”
“The pilot’s advancement marks a win for NIH‘s Digital Health Solutions for COVID-19 contract, awarded to seven organizations for a total of $22.8 million — assuming all awardees receive phase two funding.”
“’Emerging smarter from the COVID-19 pandemic requires adopting technologies to increase resiliency,’ said Andrew Fairbanks, U.S. federal sector leader at IBM, in the announcement. ‘As testing becomes more widespread and vaccines are distributed, it’s more important than ever to foster innovative thinking and develop solutions such as IBM Digital Health Pass, designed to support organizations in bringing people back to a physical location…'” Read the full article here.
Source: NIH advances COVID-19 health status reporting and contact tracing pilot with IBM – By Dave Nyczepir, February 25, 2021. FedScoop.
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