Anderson University has turned to Daon to ensure the health of its staff and students when the school reopens for its fall semester. The school will specifically be piloting Daon’s new IdentityX Health solution, which is a mobile screening application that will provide advance warning of a potential COVID-19 outbreak.
To that end, students, faculty, and staff will use the app to conduct a daily self-check before leaving for the campus. That screening will include a temperature check, as well as a checklist of other COVID-19 symptoms. If the individual appears to be healthy, they will be cleared to head to campus. If they have a fever or exhibit other symptoms, they will automatically be directed to campus health services for testing and additional care. IdentityX Health will also notify that person’s contacts to allow them to give everyone a chance to follow up.
The app will make it easy for faculty and students to share their health status with other people on campus, and let them know that the people around them are not currently infected.
“This solution will allow us to detect cases on campus and respond with a full set of resources,” said nursing professor and COVID-19 task force head Dr. Sarah Neal. “We will be able to communicate important messages in a timely manner, and manage isolation and quarantine more effectively. Most importantly, IdentityX Health will offer our community the ability to return to campus with a measure of safety that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.”
John Sanders and John Pistole helped facilitate the new partnership. Sanders is Daon’s President of Emerging Markets and a Trustee at Anderson, while Pistole is the President of the University. Before that, Pistole served as the Executive Assistant Director for national security and as Deputy Director for the FBI.
In addition to the AU pilot, Daon will be conducting a contactless identity pilot at the Denver International Airport to help make air travel safer during the pandemic. While IdentityX Health will help guard against COVID-19, the app appears be an early screening system rather than a true immunity credential, which could limit its utility beyond the AU campus.
June 10, 2020 – by Eric Weiss