Guest Post: Whiteboard Coordinator Helps Combat Crisis with Thermal Scanning Solution

Date Updated: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

This is a guest post from Dr. Andrew Gostine, CEO of Whiteboard Coordinator.

In the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), it’s very important to identify people who might be capable of infecting others because, perhaps without even knowing it, they’re carrying the disease. The advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is clear: from 83 to 99 percent of people in the early stages of infection will develop a fever, and the best first line of defense is to identify high-risk individuals by screening for elevated body temperatures. But it remains a huge task to check each and every person who, for example, visits a hospital. It ties up staff, it’s time-consuming, and conventional methods such as temporal or ear thermometers can result in many false negative screening results.

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So, we’re making it easier for hospitals, restaurants, businesses—any place people gather—to take advantage of our COVID-19 Thermal Scanning solution. Ours is an accurate, fast, no-touch way to check people’s temperatures at scale. Most notably, our solutions protect the population while preserving everyone’s privacy: the system was designed to be incapable of storing or identifying individuals. It uses computer vision and advanced artificial intelligence to screen those who might carry the disease and who need further testing or isolation from others. Staff don’t need to be directly involved or put at risk, and the screening process can continually monitor people for as long as they’re on-premises.

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Any facility, health care or otherwise, can now reach out to us, and we’ll provide the required hardware at cost for simple onsite installations. We set up the software and cloud-based AI infrastructure remotely, and the system can be up and running in as little as 10 minutes. We currently screen every employee, patient, and visitor who enters dozens of the nation’s top hospitals—over 100,000 people per hour at peak traffic times. We’re helping protect staff and patients alike, and we’re independently validated as fully compliant with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) privacy rules.

If you or your organization needs help with your first-line defense against COVID-19, contact us at our home page or at the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

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