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Which technology is the person isolating Covid-19 at home monitored by?


Since July 17, Ho Chi Minh City has officially piloted the isolation of F1 cases at home. However, not everyone understands how health authorities check and monitor people isolated at home using technology.

Monitor quarantined people with facial recognition

The implementation of isolation of F1 cases at home has been piloted by Ho Chi Minh City using the VietNam Health Declaration (VHD) application. This is also a solution chosen by the Ministry of Health to pilot medical isolation to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic for immigrants.

Talking to VietNamNet, Mr. Luu The Anh – Deputy Director of the Center for Digital Health Solutions (Viettel Solutions), the application developer, said that people isolated at home will be required to use smartphones. When it comes to a certain time of the day, they will have to perform facial recognition check-in for medical declaration.

During that process, there will be a monitoring schedule for medical staff or ward police to manage and monitor people’s home isolation. In the world, Singapore has implemented a similar solution.

For those who have to be isolated at home due to Covid-19, on their VHD application, a “quarantine registration” section will appear. Photo: Trong Dat

In the immediate future, the developer is coordinating with the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City to implement the solution locally. After that, this solution will be deployed nationwide when the Ministry of Health officially recognizes that F1 or F0 can self-isolate at home.

According to Mr. Luu The Anh, the home isolation monitoring solution has 2 options that must be deployed. Firstly, people must have smartphones. The second is on mobile phones, when installing the application, you must have facial recognition for medical check-in.

Specifically, people only need to install the VHD application on their smartphones to be able to use it. Each resident will be given an account based on his/her mobile subscription number.

Which technology is the person isolating Covid-19 at home monitored by?
The check-in for medical declaration will be done by facial recognition technology. Photo: Trong Dat

When people check in to make a medical declaration at home, the application will alert the management unit about whether the quarantined person has declared or not. The time of declaration will have different time frames, determined by the medical facility.

For those who are isolated at home but do not have a smartphone, they will have to declare their phone number. Every day, medical staff or ward police will come to the house to check and determine whether the quarantined person is at home or not. They will update their health status for medical staff to monitor.

What if the quarantined person leaves the place of residence?

Sharing about this issue, a representative of the VHD application development unit said that when the quarantined person does not declare, a message will be sent to the manager about the subject being outside the isolation area.

Regarding the handling process, when the quarantined person leaves the residence area, the local health department and local police will first come down to monitor and confirm the situation. After that, they will take further measures in case the quarantined person leaves the place of residence.

Which technology is the person isolating Covid-19 at home monitored by?
At specific times, people in home isolation will have to take pictures of their faces to declare to prove their compliance with isolation. Photo: Trong Dat

The application development unit will have its own operations to serve the Steering Committee for Covid-19 prevention and control. Medical declaration data of quarantined people will be managed by the Ministry of Health and the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.

Retrieve the object’s location, see where they move, through which areas will only be done at the request of the Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control. At that time, the health sector, telecommunications and even the police will join the fray.

According to Mr. Luu The Anh, each process to be implemented is carefully considered by the Ministry of Health. In the immediate future, we will test the implementation of a home isolation solution with facial recognition in a certain ward or location. Then, from this location will draw experience to deploy nationwide. In general, the developer can guarantee that the implementation of this solution will work equally at one or more points.

Location data of the person isolating at home will be updated on the isolation management system. Photo: Trong Dat

Currently, the Ministry of Health has two solutions to serve the monitoring of isolated subjects at home. The first is a hard bracelet, quarantined people will be given a bracelet for monitoring. The second is to use soft measures.

The wish of the VHD application developer is to integrate the isolation monitoring device into the declaration management software to combine object management. At the same time, when the subject gets out of the isolation position, an alert will be sent immediately to the health agency. This will be the best solution for home medical isolation monitoring.

Trong Dat

Today, Ho Chi Minh City officially piloted F1 isolation monitoring at home with technology

Today, Ho Chi Minh City officially piloted F1 isolation monitoring at home with technology

F1 cases, when eligible for home isolation, must install an application on smartphones to ensure regulations on management and supervision.

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