July 2, 2021

The European Union and the World Health Organization have launched a new tool for pandemic contact tracking

Several organizations, including the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization’s European regional office, have collaborated on the development of a tool to assess the public health effectiveness of contact tracing solutions, according to a statement released on Monday.

As an indicator framework, the tool will offer nations with a common method of measuring their usage of digital proximity tracking technologies, according to the instrument’s creators.

It will also evaluate the degree to which these solutions have helped national contact tracing efforts for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), according to a statement from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

Throughout the epidemic, countries have made use of cutting-edge technology to aid in the execution of public health and social policies.

Digital proximity tracking, which involves the use of smartphones or other devices to record anonymous contacts between people and subsequently send out warnings, has arisen as a new method of providing assistance for contact tracing programs in recent years.

“With the introduction of this new indicator framework, nations will have a consistent method to gathering evidence and evaluating the impact that digital proximity tracking technology has made to large-scale contact tracing activities for Covid-19. We expect that it will prove to be a useful instrument in the future “The Director of the Division of Country Health Policies and Systems at the World Health Organization/Europe, Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, said that

“Digital proximity tracking technology is a new tool for a new problem,” says Vicky Lefevre, director of the ECDC’s Public Health Functions Unit. “It’s a new tool for a new challenge.”

Lefevre went on to say that it is critical to assess the technology’s efficacy in terms of public health in order to determine how best to utilize it today, as well as in the event of future pandemics.

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