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COVID KAYA app helps deliver accurate, real-time data reports

Philippine Information Agency
02 Jun 2020, 18:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) - To deliver fast, accurate, and real-time data report on COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday said it has launched the COVID KAYA application (app) that helps in collecting data and addressing some information gaps relating to COVID-19.

"Ang COVID-KAYA ay isang electronic case investigation form na ginagamit ng ating mga facilities. Dito ay makakapag-input ang mga facilities ng kanilang detalye regarding sa mga pasyente na maaaring makita ng ibang facilities," DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in the Laging Handa Public Briefing.

Vergeire said the COVID KAYA was developed and made by the World Health Organization (WHO) in coordination with the Department of Infromation and Communications Technology (DICT).

She said the system automates data collection system used by frontliners in submitting COVID-19 case data reports.

"Lahat ng ating mga units na gumagawa ng ating case investigation form gaya ng ating mga local government units (LGUs), laboratoryo, or ospital ay nakakapag-input na automated sa sistema na ito," Vergeire said.

Vergeire added that the temporary classification of fresh and late cases is because of COVID KAYA application.

"Dito po natin nakita na meron po tayong newly identified confirmed cases sa line list na kailangan ireport pa rin which we are now tagging as the late cases," Vergeire said.

She said the health department has to check the laboratory's line list to cross validate the existing data they have.

"This would now make our system automated para po nga mas mabilis ang pagbibigay ng impormasyon sa ating publiko," Vergeire said.

The health department said in a statement on Monday that they are working closely with licensed laboratories to speed up the submission of COVID-19 test results.

"When all our laboratories submit consistently their daily reports, and they use the COVID KAYA application, only then can we do close to real-time information sharing between laboratories and the DOH," Vergeire said.

Meanwhile, the DOH said its daily BeatCOVID19 situation report posted in their official social media sites and pages has all the relevant updates including number of cases, laboratory facilities, laboratory capacity, unique tests done, PPE updates, healthcare workers data, and behavioral messages.

"Mahalaga ang pakikipagtulungan sa ating mga laboratoryo upang masigurado na accurate, complete, at timely ang ating datos," Vergeire said.

As of June 1, the DOH recorded 552 additional cases with 119 fresh cases and 433 late cases. This brings a total of 18,638 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. The department also reported 960 deaths and 3,979 recoveries. (PIA-NCR)

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