The governments of Goa and Puducherry have partnered with San Francisco-based healthcare technology company Innovaccer for an application that will help people assess if they are at risk of infection from the new Coronavirus (Covid-19) that is creating panic the world over.

People have been urged to use Innovaccer’s Test Yourself app to screen themselves by filling out a survey that lists the symptoms of the disease. The app will help them decide whether they are at risk without a visit to a healthcare unit.

“The partnership with Innovaccer is one of the critical elements in our strategy to address the Covid-19 pandemic in the state of Goa and the nation. We are proud to become the first state in India to adopt technology solutions to tackle Coronavirus. I appeal to all our citizens to make use of the application to the fullest and take necessary safety measures,” Vishwajit Rane, minister for health, government of Goa, said.

The application automatically sends the educational materials on prevention guidelines, steps for quarantine, and other relevant information from the Directorate of Health. The government of Goa said that the solution automates the identification processes by sending self-evaluation assessments as patients book appointments.

Innovaccer said the idea behind the app is to help people stay one step ahead in the fight against Coronavirus. Abhinav Shashank, CEO at Innovaccer, says, “It’s an honour to work with the government of Goa and launch India’s first automated self-evaluation assessment to tackle the Covid-19 virus. We are optimistic that this partnership will play a key role in curbing this pandemic and keeping citizens safe.”

Velu Narayanasamy, Puducherry’s chief minister, says, “In this time of the pandemic, we are with our citizens and the entire nation is united against the COVID-19 virus. This partnership with Innovaccer is one of the key steps in that direction. With our digital initiative, every citizen can take charge of their own health and help them take the precautionary steps against the novel Coronavirus to eventually eradicate it.”

As many as 918 cases have been confirmed in India; the global count stands at 602,166.

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