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Title: Hospital Epidemics Tracker (HEpiTracker): Description and pilot study of a mobile app to track COVID-19 in hospital workers
Author: Soriano, Joan B.
Fernández Muñoz, Esteve
Astorza, Álvaro de
Pérez de Llano, Luis A.
Fernández Villar, Alberto
Carnicer Pont, Dolors
Alcázar, Bernardino
García, Arturo
Morales, Aurelio
Lobo, María
Maroto, Marcos
Ferreras, Eloy
Soriano, Cecilia
Rio Bermudez, Carlos del
Vega Piris, Lorena
Basagaña, Xavier
Muncunill, Josep
Cosío, Borja G.
Lumbreras, Sara
Catalina, Carlos
Alzaga, José María
Gómez Quilón, David
Valdivia, Carlos Alberto
Lara, Celia de
Ancochea Bermúdez, Julio
Keywords: COVID-19
Aplicacions mòbils
Mobile apps
Issue Date: 21-Sep-2020
Publisher: JMIR Publications Inc.
Abstract: Background: Hospital workers have been the most frequently and severely affected professional group during the COVID-19 pandemic, and have a big impact on transmission. In this context, innovative tools are required to measure the symptoms compatible with COVID-19, the spread of infection, and testing capabilities within hospitals in real time. Objective: We aimed to develop and test an effective and user-friendly tool to identify and track symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in hospital workers. Methods: We developed and pilot tested Hospital Epidemics Tracker (HEpiTracker), a newly designed app to track the spread of COVID-19 among hospital workers. Hospital staff in 9 hospital centers across 5 Spanish regions (Andalusia, Balearics, Catalonia, Galicia, and Madrid) were invited to download the app on their phones and to register their daily body temperature, COVID-19-compatible symptoms, and general health score, as well as any polymerase chain reaction and serological test results. Results: A total of 477 hospital staff participated in the study between April 8 and June 2, 2020. Of note, both health-related (n=329) and non-health-related (n=148) professionals participated in the study; over two-thirds of participants (68.8%) were health workers (43.4% physicians and 25.4% nurses), while the proportion of non-health-related workers by center ranged from 40% to 85%. Most participants were female (n=323, 67.5%), with a mean age of 45.4 years (SD 10.6). Regarding smoking habits, 13.0% and 34.2% of participants were current or former smokers, respectively. The daily reporting of symptoms was highly variable across participating hospitals; although we observed a decline in adherence after an initial participation peak in some hospitals, other sites were characterized by low participation rates throughout the study period. Conclusions: HEpiTracker is an already available tool to monitor COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in hospital workers. This tool has already been tested in real conditions. HEpiTracker is available in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. It has the potential to become a customized asset to be used in future COVID-19 pandemic waves and other environments.
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It is part of: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 2020, vol. 6 (3), num. e21653
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