Departments combine to collate COVID data

25/05/2020

The Ministry of Defence is collaborating with NHSX to “securely gather and share” Coronavirus symptom information, as collected by third party apps and websites

According to a statement released by the MOD’s innovation nerve centre jHub, the organisation has been brought in to “provide assistance, coordination and coherence” in order to track the spread of the virus.
 
A spokesperson said that it will do this by “receiving and reviewing the data, removing any information which may inadvertently identify users, ensuring that only symptom and demographic data is included. The data will then be checked for any security issues, with any incorrect or duplicate information also being erased.
 
“With the personal nature of [what is] being collected, [the project] will adhere to strict controls to ensure the data sharing meets data protection legislation.”
 
Innovation scout at jHub Andrew Buckley said: “Symptom tracking really is a forecasting super power, tightly binding decisions at the highest level to the day-to-day experience of our valuable contributors. It’s fantastic and humbling to be at jHub, working closely with NHSX, to yolk the innovation and energy of our extraordinary app community and help beat Covid.”
 
The initiative is known as Project Oasis. Symptom tracking app providers currently involved include Agitate Ink C-19, Connected Cognition, Corona-Help UK, Evergreen Life, LetsBeatCOVID-19, TrackTogether, Your.MD and ZOE.

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