Stanford Releases First Responder
COVID-19 Guide App
April 09, 2020
A new app, called the First Responder COVID-19 Guide, is designed to
help first responders screen their symptoms and, if needed, schedule a
testing appointment at Stanford Health Care.
Stanford Health Care has begun
offering priority drive-through COVID-19 testing to police, firefighters
and paramedics in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
To serve frontline providers, Stanford Medicine also introduced a new
app, called the First Responder COVID-19 Guide, which was built with the
support of Apple to help these first responders screen their symptoms
and, if needed, schedule a testing appointment. The app, which uses
Apple’s ResearchKit and CareKit frameworks, includes trustworthy,
up-to-date information about COVID-19 from Stanford experts.
The goal is to ensure that first responders can efficiently access
needed medical care while working under the safest possible conditions
during the coronavirus outbreak. In the future, Stanford hopes to expand
high-priority testing to frontline essential service workers, such as
grocery store clerks and public service personnel, and to help first
responders in other counties connect to one of Stanford Medicine’s seven
outpatient testing facilities across the Bay Area.
“Our researchers were among the first in the nation to develop and
deploy our own COVID-19 test, a rapid response that has equipped
Stanford Medicine with a crucial tool for protecting and caring for
patients during this pandemic,” said Robert Harrington, MD, professor
and chair of medicine. “We are pleased to have the support from Apple to
further bolster our shared community by offering testing and a new app.
We want to reinforce our support for frontline workers whose tireless
efforts benefit us all during this challenging time.”
Priya Singh, chief strategy officer and senior associate dean at
Stanford Medicine, said, “With these apps, under the leadership of
Michael Halaas, our deputy chief information officer, we’re expanding
the reach of our expertise to provide answers for people who are busy
serving others during this crisis. It’s our hope that this technology
will ease some of the burden for people on the front lines, and will
help inform those who seek a reliable source on COVID-19.”
Using the screening portion of the app, first responders can complete a
questionnaire about their symptoms, exposure to the coronavirus and
medical history. If, based on the answers, the app recommends testing,
the first responder then communicates this to his or her agency’s
department infection control officer, who will work with Stanford Health
Care to schedule the testing appointment. First responders do not need
to be Stanford Health Care patients to access the testing.
All responses and results are securely stored in the first responder’s
device, though the first responder may choose to share them with a
health provider. And first responders will be able to access Stanford
Medicine’s high-priority testing, if needed, through their agency’s
department infection control officer instead of the app. There are about
8,000 first responders in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
“Our outpatient testing has connected thousands of patients in our
community with the medical care they need, while also helping to contain
this dangerous pandemic,” said Megan Mahoney, MD, professor and chief of
general primary care. “By extending high-priority testing to our local
first responders, we’re ensuring that this important population knows
they have our unwavering support.”
Stanford Health Care began offering drive-through COVID-19 testing in
early March. Now, seven locations provide the service, including a new
site at the Galvez parking lot on the Stanford University campus. The
new site has the capacity for 10 car lanes and will operate on a largely
empty campus, as Stanford has canceled events, suspended activities and
services, moved classes online, and asked undergraduate students to
return to their homes if they are able.
responders are the individuals who continue to be out in the field
serving our community and continue to be exposed to individuals with the
virus,” said Catherine Krna, vice president of ambulatory care and
service lines at Stanford Health Care and chief administrative officer
of University HealthCare Alliance. “Our communities look to them to
provide stability and order, and we as a health care system have an
obligation to keep them safe as they work to protect us all.”
To date, more than 3,000 patients have been tested for the coronavirus
through Stanford Health Care’s outpatient testing facilities; together,
the health care system’s sites have the capacity for 2,500 patients a
Samples are processed through Stanford’s Clinical Virology Laboratory,
which developed an in-house diagnostic test that has been used by health
care systems throughout the Bay Area. Results typically are available
within nine hours. Patients who are not established with Stanford Health
Care are asked to register to ensure efficient receipt of their results.
Those seeking COVID-19 testing should call 650-498-9000 to speak with a
nurse, who will assess the next step for their care.