– Teresa Madaleno:
COVID-19 has taught us just how important technology can be. From health systems software and distance education platforms to advanced e-commerce and online conference solutions, it’s hard to imagine how we would have been able to cope in a worldwide pandemic without modern technology. Sparta Group and its application software partners, Achu Health™ and ISDV Inc. see advances in technology as a crucial factor in securing our long-term survival; especially now that medical scientists tell us that it’s not just the unvaccinated, but the double-vaccinated that are shedding COVID-19.
Sparta and its partners are at the forefront of health data security with what could be considered a disruptive, much-needed approach to help curb the spread of the deadly SARs-CoV-2 virus. Their approach is a secure, authenticated, rapid-testing protocol that will provide workplaces with the ability to have their employees consistently tested, while capturing their on-going test data on the employee’s personal smartphone or other hand-held device.
While COVID-19 vaccination has been the focus over the last several months, lately many health experts have encouraged moving from our hyper-focus on vaccine to convenient rapid testing. Rapid testing is common in many parts of the world because even in areas with high vaccination rates, such tests allow for safer in-person activity. However, like vaccine passports, testing also comes with concerns about confidentiality. While people may be comfortable sharing their test results with their employer or an eating establishment, that doesn’t necessarily mean they want to share with anyone other than those they approve. Fortunately, Achu Health™ has addressed that concern utilizing ISDV’s expertise with decentralized blockchain technology and is now working with Sparta to bring this powerful technology to various industry sectors, including the trucking industry. As the CEO of Achu Health™, Tony Peticca recently said, “Our technology is rapid testing meets decentralized blockchain, this equals authenticity and security.”
So, what does the Sparta team have to offer? A stable platform that is easy for both employees and employers to use, and that brings rapid testing to an all-time high level of security, thanks to the incorporation of blockchain technology.
Simply put, decentralized blockchain is a system of recording information that can provide absolute security for testing subjects, ensuring that data is under the complete control of the user, in a way that makes it nearly impossible to change or cheat the system. It is then up to the individual taking the test to securely share any information received with only those they feel comfortable.
“While COVID-19 is in the forefront of everyone’s minds these days, there are plenty of other pathogens-of-concern floating around our environment. And the pandemic has certainly demonstrated how being ill-prepared for such contagions can potentially cripple a company. So today, no employer wants to again be caught “with their pants down” relative to having a break-out. So together with our partners, we have been developing intelligent systems to address those concerns.” said Sparta President and CTO, John O’Bireck.
Here’s is a step-by-step look at how the system works:
• Download the Achu Health™ App through Google Play or the Apple App Store
• Scan the QR code on the rapid test
• After the QR code has been validated you are directed to the next step – I.e., physically performing a rapid-test
• Once the test is complete you need to take a photo of it
• The results are then authenticated and encrypted to be stored on your hand-held device (such as a smart phone)
• If you are conducting the test for work, you will be asked if you would like to share the test results with your employer’s Achu@work™ dashboard.
For added security Achu™ built in NFT (Non-Fungible Token), which means it is secured by blockchain and it is so unique that no one can modify or copy it.
“We wanted a platform that was easy and quick to use, but also made each person’s test highly secure, so we took the extra steps to make decentralized blockchain part of our rapid testing solution. It stamps out fraud, while creating trust among users by instilling confidence that their personal data is available only to them and for only them to share with trusted recipients, thus usable by a myriad of industries and individuals,” Peticca stated.
Last year, Sparta Group began securing and distributing rapid antigen and antibody test kits through its health division, Sparta Health Group, to help round out the Workplace Pathogen Protection Program they developed to instill confidence in workplace settings. Now this secure approach to rapid testing is expected to be welcome news to industrial and commercial enterprises not only looking for rapid test kits, but also looking to develop a much-needed audit trail based on secure, authenticated data.