What You Should Know:
– TransUnion, in partnership with CLX Health, a joint venture from UST Global and SiriusIQ, announced the launch of HealthyAmerica, a technology solution that will give individuals the power to securely share their COVID-19 testing results while maintaining their individual privacy – helping businesses and schools across the country to minimize risk and reopen with greater confidence.
– Businesses and schools seeking to welcome back their employees and students will be able to use the solution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases by asking individuals to download the HealthyAmerica app and, if the individual agrees, share their health status.
To support U.S. efforts to move forward safely and confidently in the wake of COVID-19, TransUnion and its partners are developing the HealthyAmericaM solution. HealthyAmerica gives people the power to securely share COVID-19 testing results while maintaining individual privacy, helping businesses and schools to minimize risk and reopen with greater confidence.
Helping Individuals, Businesses and Schools Assess COVID-19 Risks
HealthyAmerica combines TransUnion’s verified data identity with confirmed test results through CLX Health, which indicates the presence of illness and/or the existence of COVID-19 antibodies. The results, when received from a national network of CLIA-certified laboratories performing FDA-approved tests, are displayed in a simple application. The solution will easily adapt to changes in testing and COVID-19 care management, including the ultimate development and use of a vaccine. This initiative is being led by TransUnion Healthcare and does not utilize any credit information.
Businesses and schools seeking to welcome back their employees and students as well as airlines, hotels, and other organizations and events across the country will be able to use the solution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
“People want to protect their health and lives and they want the country to open,” said David Wojczynski, President of TransUnion Healthcare. “With HealthyAmerica, we can help them do both. The app helps people share their vital information when they choose to do so. This helps avoid risks related to COVID-19 in everyday interactions while maintaining privacy for individuals.”
HealthyAmerica will be rapidly deployed and delivered in a simple application with a user experience and process readily accessible by individuals, employers, businesses and schools. The solution provides real-time access to an established network of clinical laboratories, major hospital systems and Federally Qualified Health Clinics, which combined perform over 90% of all lab transactions in the United States.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on the world’s health – physical, mental and economic. This partnership was created leveraging each organization’s expertise to help make the country safer by deploying a solution individuals and businesses can access to make decisions and evaluate health risk based on real-time information,” said Joseph Gonzalez, Chief Strategy Officer of SiriusIQ, part of CLX Health. “Having the ability to assess the risk of where you’ve been and where you want to go is the cornerstone of what we all need to help mitigate the spread of the virus and help the economy to open safely and back to capacity.”
How The HealthyAmerica App Works
Organizations utilizing the solution to help ensure the safety of customers, employees and/or students will prompt individuals to download the HealthyAmerica app. If the user agrees, they can then schedule testing at a certified laboratory near them. Once testing has been completed, results will be added to HealthyAmerica and the individual may choose whether to share their status-verified QR code.
An optional feature of the app leverages publicly-available “heat maps” of known cases of COVID-19 and adds the general and de-identified location of users who opt-in, allowing them to see their proximity to known COVID-19 viral areas which they may have visited or maybe planning to visit. The Viral Encounter Risk Assessment (VERA) feature creates the most current map of virus location so people can better assess the risk of visiting specific locations and potentially reduce the number of people exposed to the virus. HealthyAmerica is fully operational for those who do not choose this option.
“HealthyAmerica enables individuals to protect themselves from unnecessary exposure to COVID-19 and to share their health status with the schools and businesses they choose to. TransUnion, a leading global provider of risk and information solutions, is well suited to provide the data identity functionality of this solution,” added Jim Bohnsack, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for TransUnion Healthcare.