Insights: August 2022

Back-to-school safety

With kids across the country returning to school, safety is on everybody’s mind. Most schools and school districts – 96% – have a written plan for emergencies, although not all schools have the communication tools they need to respond effectively in an emergency.

In addition, several states have passed or are considering laws requiring emergency alert systems that are directly connected to law enforcement, often known as Alyssa’s Law in honor of a student who was shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. 

WellCheck’s emergency alert system meets all these needs, including customized emergency responses and a silent, rapid check-in process for students and staff. In fact, WellCheck was founded as PinPoint in 2015 by an educator who wanted to develop a solution for schools to account for all students during an active threat. We’ve compiled a list of resources for schools looking to improve their safety plans, including a safety readiness quiz and a federal grant finder tool.

WellCheck and St. Mary’s County develop long COVID screener

Long COVID, also known as post-COVID, continues to affect people who have been infected with COVID. Symptoms include fatigue, difficulty breathing, and difficulty thinking or concentrating, although the condition is still not well-understood.

In an effort to learn more about post-COVID conditions, WellCheck and the St. Mary’s County (Maryland) Health Department have partnered to create a survey to follow up with residents who have been previously diagnosed with COVID. The anonymous survey uses WellCheck’s HIPAA-compliant platform to ask community members what symptoms, if any, they are experiencing after recovering from COVID.

“As we focus more on healing and recovery from this pandemic, we want to make sure our community members have access to the resources needed to address their post-COVID conditions,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer.  “We are thankful for our partnership with WellCheck which will help us better understand local needs and develop healthcare support services for our community members.”

The WellCheck platform is highly flexible and can be used to survey participants on a variety of health-related issues. For example, we also partnered with St. Mary’s County to survey healthcare providers on whether they have adequate access to personal protective equipment (PPE). We also have the capability to provide secure, anonymous screening for monkeypox, which was recently declared a public health emergency in the U.S.

WellCheck partners with APA to host 5,000+ attendees at annual convention

The American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention was held August 4-6 in Minneapolis. More than 5,000 attendees from around the world came together to share ideas and explore the most compelling issues in psychology.

WellCheck helped host the event safely by verifying attendees’ vaccine records before the event and issuing a Digital Health Pass for each guest. We also had an onsite team who trained staff to optimize entry flow and maintain safety protocols. 

Since the start of the pandemic, WellCheck has provided safety screening and vaccine verification for more than 100 events.

San Francisco names WellCheck an approved digital vaccine card at businesses and events

With a growing number of attendees returning to concerts, restaurants, and conferences, San Francisco is encouraging businesses to create a safe environment for employees and customers.

As part of San Francisco’s Safer Return Together Health Order plan, San Francisco published a list of approved health pass providers to help local businesses open and operate safely. Recently, San Francisco added VaccineCheck to this list of digital vaccine card vendors.

By providing a digital health pass option like VaccineCheck, venues make it easy for their staff and patrons to share updated proof of vaccination and show that they value the health and safety of their community.

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