India is repurposing its COVID-19 contact tracing app and vaccination internet web site • TechCrunch

India is repurposing its COVID-19 contact-tracing app and vaccination internet web site to deal with fully different well being factors inside the South Asian nation.

A senior official mentioned Sunday that the Indian authorities is planning to make the most of Aarogya Setu as a consequence of the nation’s standalone well being app.

The app will current residents the vitality to e-book medical checkup appointments and confirm the registrations with QR codes to hold away from ready in queues at hospitals, RS Sharma, the chief authorities of the nationwide well being Authority, the physique that oversees implementation of the nation’s flagship public well being scheme, mentioned at a public event.

Aarogya Setu, launched in 2020, has amassed over 240 million downloads, he mentioned. The app was initially launched as a “non everlasting decision to a quick draw again.

Shortly after its launch, Aarogya Setu, which suggests “bridge to well being” in Sanskrit, attracted some factors from privateness advocates over the app’s monitoring of people. New Delhi dismissed the factors and mentioned on the time that the so-recognized as flaws had been utilized inside the app by design. Weeks later, it open sourced the app.

The Indian authorities may even be repurposing its COVID-19 vaccination internet web site, CoWIN, to serve the nation’s common immunization program.

The revamped web site will permit people to discover and procure needed vaccines lined by the nationwide immunization program, collectively with the polio drops, and take a look at to assist small-scale docs use it as their well being knowledge administration system, mentioned Sharma, who beforehand oversaw the nation’s telecom regulator.

COVID Vaccine Intelligence community, which is typically recognized as CoWIN, was launched in January final yr as a consequence of the Indian authorities’s platform to hold a unified doc of COVID-19 vaccination.


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