iV4 Delivers Web-Based Health Screening for Local School Districts, Including Our Lady of Mercy
Rochester Chamber member iV4, a ProArch Company, an IT consulting and services provider headquartered in Fairport, is helping local school districts prepare for a “new normal” when/if granted approval to reopen by the state come fall. iV4 has implemented a web-based health tool to screen 100% of students, faculty and visitors every day at all schools across a district as one of the many variables used to keep students, faculty and visitors safe during — and beyond — the pandemic. The goal of the screening tool is to keep anyone who isn’t feeling well from coming to school and infecting others, all monitored and tracked digitally through a web-based application.
Most recently, iV4 has worked with Rochester Chamber member Our Lady of Mercy to ensure the tool is ready for use when schools are allowed to reopen, depending on state guidance in early August.
“We have the data and real-time intelligence to help our schools reopen, bring students and faculty back, and most importantly, keep them healthy,” said Murray Foxcroft, Chief Technology Officer of iV4, a ProArch Company and the tool’s primary developer. “Using this application, schools will track every person who walks up to their front door, and any person experiencing any symptoms noted in the tool will not be allowed in. Also, our team will help school leaders analyze and track the data provided so we can see patterns and trends. We’ll have smart reporting that shows us who has had symptoms and identify clusters within classes or groups, and we can understand how many people are reporting symptoms each day and analyze these trends over time. There is a real value for schools to invest in this technology. It supports the health of our schools, the data will help our local health departments, and it’s another step to helping our schools reopen with faculty and student health of utmost priority.”
Using a QR code, URL or shortcut, users access the tool with their school-provided email address or guest login to capture their assessment before entering the school. It then initiates a self-assessment survey that asks users to confirm they are not experiencing any COVID symptoms. The survey asks “Have you had any of these symptoms in the past 24 hours that are new or not usual for you?” and then shows a list of symptoms: fever, cough, hard time breathing, sore throat and body aches. If a user responds no, a green check mark appears, which is used as verification for entering the school. If a user responds yes, a message appears instructing them not to come to school and lists the appropriate people to notify.
In addition to screening students, faculty and guests for COVID symptoms, the screening tool provides faculty and staff members with a tracking mechanism, including students and faculty who are not confirming symptoms, trends of symptoms that may impact reentry plans, students and faculty who may have been exposed, and more.
iV4’s application development team used an open-source employee chatbot project created by the University of Rochester Health Lab as a starting point.
“This is not limited to schools,” Foxcroft said. “Schools are one part of reopening our communities. As businesses continue to reopen, as hospitals allow more visitors and financial institutions open more branches — the list goes on and on — this is a tool that can help organizations big and small keep their team and communities healthy. That’s something we all want and there should be no debate around health.”
About iV4, a ProArch Company
For more than 20 years, iV4, a ProArch Company has evolved from on-premise hardware to today’s complex cloud, data, security and compliance technology landscape. With offices also in Atlanta, London, India, Syracuse and Buffalo, New York, iV4 is an innovative, award-winning and recognizable information technology consulting, security, cloud, data, application development and managed services company whose mission is to develop true partnerships with its clients by aligning custom technology solutions with business strategies that drive innovation and growth. iV4 enables each customer to modernize, protect and grow their business by seamlessly aligning business goals and processes with comprehensive technology solutions that increase productivity, reduce costs and mitigate risk. For more information, visit iv4.com.