Health-Tracking Technologies are Part of the New Norm
During the past few months, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the daily lives of people around the world. The impact of the virus has forced a large-scale move to remote work. Now businesses struggle to find a path forward as shelter-in-place restrictions slowly lift.
Many business leaders are racing to deploy new employee health-tracking technologies before reopening their businesses to make it safer for tens of millions of people to return to their offices, factories, and stores.
Intensified workplace control is the new normal. At least for now, tracking and screening will become a fact of daily life, not just for workers but also for consumers. Technology will be used to help keep people safer. Newly developed tools must accurately determine employees’ health status as any incorrect data can create a false sense of security.
Over the past month, several companies announced a variety of newly developed employee-tracking tools.
PwC, the multinational professional services firm, has developed a contact-tracing app to help employers “provide a lower-risk workplace for employees.” It will automatically log the proximity between employees and also help identify worker exposure to the virus.
Salesforce is offering a new tool enabling companies to create online employee health surveys and map the workplace locations visited by infected employees.
First Line Software developed a similar tool, the EPass web-based application. This application helps screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to someone entering a facility, then issues a pass to work or visit.
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