UC Campuses Pilot Google-Apple Notification Technology to Help Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks

Today, the state of California approved a new voluntary pilot program that uses Apple and Google smartphone technology to help rapidly control COVID-19 outbreaks. The pilot is designed to quickly notify individuals when a COVID-19 exposure may have occurred. The program will launch on the campus of UC San Diego, followed by UC San Francisco for any students and employees who decide to opt in.

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UC San Diego is launching a new volunteer pilot to study whether smartphone technology may help reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Photo credit: Erik Jepsen

“The Google Apple Exposure Notification (GAEN) Express tool offers a high-tech, privacy-preserving solution that automates the work of notification for you — without sharing who you are or providing unnecessary digital details that could compromise privacy,” said Christopher Longhurst, MD, chief information officer, UC San Diego Health. “If the pilot is successful, it will set the foundation for the state

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