The following excerpts are from a story published by the School of Communication and Information about students who collaborated to develop an app intended to detect COVID-19. Among the university faculty involved in the project was Richard Marlink, director of Rutgers Global Health Institute, who served as the student team’s industry mentor in the Rutgers I-Corps program:

The app is poised to revolutionize the way people take COVID-19 tests, and also the way the collected data is recorded and stored. HLTH I.D is revolutionary for two reasons. The first is because of the data it is designed to collect. Users scan their faces with the app on their Android or iOS phone, and the app captures the user’s temperature, heart rate, heart rate variability, oxygen saturation levels in their blood, and stress levels. The app then provides the person with proof – a certification of sorts – showing they are safe to return to work or school.

Marlink said, “This app has great potential for public health value if it is able to do all it promises to do. I look forward to following its journey and am pleased I was able to contribute to its development.”

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