Looking back at the ongoing New York Times survey of coronavirus cases in U.S. universities, the outlook is bleak: through November 5 More than 252,000 cases have been confirmed at 1,600 universities across the country.
The spread of infection, combined with policies that are incompetent at best, cynical at worst and exploitative at worst towards university students and staff, has led to this University communities are subjected to strict quarantines in unsafe accommodation or are simply sent home. In the meantime, students are expected to pay the bill for the full cost of the tuition.
With more than 2,500 reported cases as of Nov. 5, Arizona State University is currently one of the hardest-hit universities in the country: just over 50 universities have reported 1,000 cases over the course of the New York Times. To keep this in view It’s worth noting that ASU is one of the largest public universities in the United States, making the challenge of addressing the public health crisis considerably more difficult.
The university has now taken a new step to address the test-and-trace technology crisis, requiring its 74,500 students on campus and 12,400 employees to use a blockchain-based application on a daily basis to manage the Outbreak of Control Virus.
ASU is now using the HealthCheck health and testing application developed by Safe Health Systems (SHS), a partner of Mayo Clinic.. Hedera Hashgraph has an agreement with SHS to review and record events in real time using distributed ledger technology.
HealthCheck is powered by a digital health platform called SAFE, which was developed during the MedTech Accelerator program at Mayo Clinic and ASU Health Care. The platform generates digital health IDs and a verifiable record of all events that are reviewed and stored for HealthCheck using the Hedera Consensus Service.
The use of these technologies is intended to ensure that sensitive health data remains private and that the data is presented correctly and responsibly. On this last point, the HealthCheck announcement expressly states that this will be important for coordination with private health insurance companies. In a statement, SHS CEO Ken Mayer argued:
“We need much better information on COVID-19 cases across populations so that we can diagnose, treat, and make smart decisions about how to deal with the community’s response to the virus, with a less straightforward approach. Only with this type of information, exchanged by the providers in an intelligent, secure and tamper-proof manner, can we make progress. “
Some US universities have had significant success introducing internal surveillance test programs that randomly screen students whether or not they show symptoms.. These programs have put less emphasis on privacy, but their ambitious approach to widespread randomized testing has made these universities hope to keep up face-to-face learning through the fall and spring semesters.
As a Cointelegraph report made it clear Privacy concerns also persist with blockchain solutions like HealthCheck due to their data integration and partnerships with external medical laboratories. Cointelegraph has contacted Hedera Hashgraph for a comment on the terms of these partnerships and their potential impact on future use of the data.