Contact Tracing – Paper Based
Contact tracing in the UK is currently completely paper-based and relies heavily on human memory. Although most infectious diseases have official NICE guidance on how contact tracing should be undertaken, these are seen by consultants and nurses as too subjective, contradictory and confusing.
As a result, practice is inconsistent and totally dependent on the skill of individual practitioners. Contacts are missed, often those who are the most vulnerable in society, and disease spreads.
Dot2Dot – Digital Contact Tracing
Dot2Dot replaces the paper with a centralised software system. Handwriting is replaced with readable type, and locations are linked to map coordinates. A whole team of contact tracers can work on the same case at the same time, using and maintaining the same up-to-date information.
The result is a huge reduction in errors, and a vastly more efficient process.
Digital Contact Tracing Saves Lives!
How is contact tracing undertaken currently?
To do contact tracing, the first infected person (the index case) will be asked a set of paper-based questions to try and establish their regular movements in the last three months. Staff then classify the locations and set about trying to find other people who might have met the index. The whole process is documented on paper – there is no technology for this in the NHS.
What is wrong with current contact tracing?
The current process is flawed – paper records are error-prone, and there is too much dependence on human interpretation and fallible human memory. This methodology is massively susceptible to human failures, is extremely costly and time consuming.
The Dot2dot Solution
Dot2Dot disrupts the way traditional epidemiological contact tracing is done and provides an innovative solution to the global issue of disease management by removing paper-based questionnaires and the reliance on human interpretation. Digital contact tracing eliminates errors and make the whole process faster and much more efficient.