We are so grateful that ivy.ai is assisting with COVID-19 screening to help keep Creighton’s campus safe.
Dr. Carrie Hoarty, Director, Student Health Education and Compliance,
Like many schools, Creighton University faced a complex decision with regard to resuming on-campus operations this fall. Amid health concerns brought on by the novel coronavirus, university officials formed a committee tasked with minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in the Creighton community through a hybrid model of promoting a social contract, self-monitoring, and in-person monitoring. The social contract requires that all persons wear masks, maintain a safe distance, wash their hands frequently, and check their temperature daily, for example.
Healthcare organizations which have continued operations throughout the pandemic with minimal disruption provided a model for large-population campuses. The model consists of 5 elements: hygiene, distancing, masks, cultural change, and screening. With each component comes a unique set of challenges, and at Creighton, a unique solution emerged for screening.
Creighton collaborated with ivy.ai, their AI technology partner, to create CampusClear, a self-screening app for all persons on campus. “I see the app as providing a ‘passport’ that will be checked at all entry points to buildings on campus starting in the summer and into the fall” says Dr. Carrie Hoarty, Director of Student Health, Education, and Compliance at Creighton University.
The CampusClear app presents a relatively simple concept. Each day, students and faculty are required to answer a single question: “How do you feel today?” Users choose a response from options such as “no symptoms”, “sore throat”, and “influenza-like illness”, but administrators can configure which alternatives are displayed.
Officials at Creighton can also customize how the app reacts to each alternative answer. For any response that does not pose a health or safety risk for others on campus, users receive an entry pass. Responses that may pose a health or safety risk inform the user to stay home and self-isolate for 10 days, while more significant responses prompt the user to alert Student Health, Education, and Compliance (SHEC).
At Creighton, health officials are pairing data from self-reported symptoms and COVID-19 diagnoses with data in their student information system. They’re particularly interested in class schedules, work schedules, and on-campus housing assignments. With such information, it’s possible to trace symptoms to identify hot spots, track diagnoses, and closely monitor potential outbreaks.
A key benefit of contact tracing is the ability to alert people who might have come into contact with the virus. Health officials at Creighton are able to analyze user schedules to detect contact between symptomatic individuals and campus populations. In such an event, the university notifies those that might have been exposed to offer guidance.
The CampusClear app includes a reporting dashboard to help administrators evaluate ongoing health and safety conditions. Insight into regional and national trends, as well as self-reported symptoms and diagnoses on campus, help guide decisions such as if an early campus closure might be necessary.
The reporting dashboard also offers other useful insights. Officials at Creighton can view the total number of app installations relative to the number of reports each day, the proportions of individuals reporting one or more symptoms, and more.
CampusClear’s reporting tool also includes options for configuring the app. Institutions can customize branding with their logos and colors, but more importantly, they’re able to update the survey question on a day-to-day basis as conditions evolve.
Collaborating for a Solution
The committee at Creighton leveraged an assortment of health, technology, and facility experts to create a plan for bringing students back to campus safely. Their partnership with ivy.ai led to the development of the CampusSafe app. “We are so grateful that ivy.ai is assisting with COVID-19 screening to help keep Creighton’s campus safe,” said Dr. Hoarty.
Recognizing the importance of safety for students and university faculty everywhere, ivy.ai released CampusClear completely free for colleges and universities. CEO and co-founder of ivy.ai, Mark McNasby, commented “we’re all in this together, and we have the ability and means to help, so that’s what we hope to do.”