With the surge in COVID-19 cases around the state and across the country, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and MITRE, a not-for-profit chartered to work in the public interest, have partnered to deploy Sara AlertTM Academic. It is a software platform to allow universities to securely automate the monitoring of students, faculty and staff exposed to or infected with COVID-19 or any infectious disease.
According to yesterday’s announcement, it is a solution tailored to the unique needs of universities and colleges, providing an automated workflow to allow health staff to rapidly prioritize and respond to student and staff needs. It customizes what a university will need to streamline the process, such as student identification, housing information and tracking by university-specific areas, such as campus buildings or sports teams.
“Sara Alert Academic provides secure infectious disease monitoring and reporting tailored specifically for universities,” said Ken Tobin, ORAU’s Vice President of Research and University Partnerships. “It can help keep campuses operating safely through increased efficiency in tracking potential exposures and monitoring confirmed cases, leading to earlier containment and isolation, and reduction of burden on limited resources.”
Sara AlertTM Academic is an adaptation of the original public health monitoring tool named Sara AlertTM that is a standards-based, open source tool created by MITRE. It allows public health officials to monitor individuals at risk for COVID-19, enabling real-time insights and increased reporting capability for early containment of the virus.