App to identify COVID-19 patients in Indonesia

Technology has come to an aid for the government of Indonesia as the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry and the Communications and Information Ministry, have developed a mobile app that enables users to accumulate data related to COVID-19 at community level that will strengthened the efforts of the government to make targeted efforts to stop the pandemic.

The indigenously built app christened as ‘PeduliLindungi’ for the time being will help to trace and track confirmed cases, as well as suspected patients across the country. The working of the app will use the Bluetooth feature of the mobile phone.

According to the official website, when a user is in the vicinity of another user whose data has been uploaded to PeduliLindungi, the app enables an anonymous exchange of identities. In case of close vicinity with suspected COVID-19 patients, the app with identify them.

“PeduliLindungi respects your privacy. Your data will be encrypted and not be disclosed to any other party. Your data can only be accessed if you are likely to have been infected with Covid-19 and require immediate medical attention,” the webpage said in regard to data security.

The app, which is undergoing a stress test, will be available for download at the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store upon launch.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Agus Wibowo said, “The (surveillance) dashboard has been established. The tracking functionality (is enabled). The system will probably be launched on Tuesday (March 31).”

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