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By Tyler Greer
COVID-19 is a global problem but three major pieces of technology – the GuideSafe app, the Pathcheck platform and the National Key Server – are now the world’s “triple threat” for preventing exposure to and the spread of the disease.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham on Nov. 19 announced its partnership with the PathCheck Foundation, founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to include the university’s anonymous and encrypted COVID-19 exposure verification technology created for GuideSafe in PathCheck’s own exposure notification app. The partnership will enable other states and countries to best leverage the Google Apple Exposure Notification app as the nation and world continue to develop tools for tackling the pandemic.
“Several states have expressed interest in using the verification technology we developed as part of our GuideSafe multitool platform through the PathCheck platform, and we are delighted to be able to provide this exposure verification technology to help make it easier for other states to resolve problems we have already solved,” said Sue Feldman, professor and director of graduate programs in health informatics at UAB. “Our hope is that this is just the beginning of the expansion of the use of the UAB-created technology, and that it will be available to everyone very soon.”
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