KCL and NIHR launch symptom-tracking app to slow coronavirus spread

The COVID Symptom Tracker has made it to the top of the App Store’s Medical apps charts

King’s College London (KCL) and NIHR Guy's and St Thomas' Biomedical Research Centre have released an app that monitors the symptoms of the COVID-19 virus and tracks how it spreads across the UK.

COVID Symptom Tracker, which was launched in partnership with health science company ZOE Global, asks its users to “take 1-minute to self-report daily, even if you are well”.

This will help the researchers to identify high-risk areas in the UK, how fast the virus is spreading, and which individuals are most at risk due to underlying health conditions.

In the two days since it launched, the COVID Symptom Tracker has made it to the top of the App Store’s Medical apps charts overtaking the NHS App. Starting today, the app will also be available in the US.

The app is an example of healthcare’s digital transformation in an unprecedented time of crisis which has already claimed the lives of thousands, as hospitals struggle to deal with the influx of patients while also being targeted by cyber criminals.

The COVID Symptom Tracker complies with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), but its creators state that they are planning to share the anonymised data with “researchers at partner institutions, such as Harvard University and Stanford University” in the US.

As pointed out in the app's FAQ section, the US “has different rules on data protection they may not protect your data in the same way as, or as well as, under GDPR”.

Earlier this week, the NHSX and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care were urged, in an open letter signed by tech journalists, university lecturers, and non-profit organisations, to follow steps that would guarantee that new technologies used to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the UK abide by data protection ethics.

Featured Resources

Key considerations for implementing secure telework at scale

Identifying the security risks and advanced requirements of a remote workforce

Download now

The State of Salesforce 2020

Your guide to getting the most from Salesforce

Download now

Fast, flexible and compliant e-signatures for global businesses

Be at the forefront of digital transformation with electronic signatures

Download now

Rethink your cybersecurity strategy for the new world

5 steps to secure the enterprise and be fit for a flexible future

Download now

Recommended

ICO to relax GDPR enforcement during coronavirus economic downturn
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

ICO to relax GDPR enforcement during coronavirus economic downturn

16 Apr 2020
The NHS teams up with Apple and Google on coronavirus tracking app
privacy

The NHS teams up with Apple and Google on coronavirus tracking app

14 Apr 2020
Health sites are 'unlawfully' sharing medical data with Facebook and Google
data protection

Health sites are 'unlawfully' sharing medical data with Facebook and Google

7 Apr 2020
Supreme Court rules Morrisons was not liable for 2014 data breach
data protection

Supreme Court rules Morrisons was not liable for 2014 data breach

1 Apr 2020

Most Popular

How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

3 Aug 2020
How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi
Mobile

How to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi

4 Aug 2020
How to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD
operating systems

How to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD

3 Aug 2020