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Technology Alphabet's Verily launches coronavirus screening service in California

15:15  16 march  2020
15:15  16 march  2020 Source:   engadget.com

The White House still can’t explain what’s going on with the coronavirus screening website

  The White House still can’t explain what’s going on with the coronavirus screening website Verily, not Google, has said it will launch a website serving only the Bay AreaVice President Mike Pence said during a briefing at the White House that an update would be available on Sunday, March 15th. “We will have very specific description about when the website will be available, when the parking lot sites will be available for people to be tested,” Pence said in response to a reporter’s question. “We are working with state and local communities to determine where it is best to roll those out.

Latest in Tomorrow. Alphabet ' s Verily launches coronavirus screening service in California . The site represents the first phase of Alphabet ' s bid to assist the US government in managing the coronavirus outbreak. The tech giant said yesterday that it was working on a "nationwide website"

Coronavirus screening pilot website launches for some California counties. Verily , a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet , created the website through Project "Ultimately, our goal is to help local authorities expand testing access in California as the need continues to increase," Verily

Verily -- Google's sibling healthcare brand -- has launched a website that will help adults in northern California determine whether they need a test for coronavirus. The "triage" pilot is available to those in Santa Clara Country and San Mateo County, and asks users questions about their recent health and travel. The site will, if necessary, help users obtain a free test.

  Alphabet's Verily launches coronavirus screening service in California

The site represents the first phase of Alphabet's bid to assist the US government in managing the coronavirus outbreak. The tech giant said yesterday that it was working on a "nationwide website" that will provide information about COVID-19 symptoms, risks and testing info -- an announcement hurriedly brought forward after President Trump revealed joint plans ahead of schedule.

Google says nationwide coronavirus website is in development

  Google says nationwide coronavirus website is in development President Trump misspoke when he said Google was developing a national screening and test result site for potential coronavirus patients (that's just Verily's Bay Area pilot for now), but there was apparently a degree of truth involved. In a series of clarifying tweets, Google said it was teaming with the US government on a "nationwide website" that would provide info about COVID-19 symptoms, risks and testing info. The company characterized this as separate from the Verily project and other coronavirus information efforts.

Alphabet ' s Verily has finally launched the pilot for its COVID-19 screening website after President Trump announced on Friday that Google was working with the Trump administration on a project to aid in Published 4 mins ago. Alphabet ' s Verily launches coronavirus trial website following confusion.

Alphabet is collaborating with the California governor's office and other local, state and federal officials to launch a pilot of a COVID-19 testing website in the San Francisco Bay Area Monday. Created by Google and Alphabet ' s life sciences company Verily , the website will let Californians take an online

However, it does appear that there is some confusion over the way the Verily site should be used. People already showing symptoms of the virus are asked to seek medical advice, rather than a test through the platform. As such, the screening tool will only trigger if users answer "no" to having symptoms, which has led some to conclude the site is working incorrectly. However, it's no surprise that a program rolled out so swiftly in the face of an event already surrounded by confusion and misinformation would be subject to some misunderstanding.

A statement on the new triage site reads, "We are working to rapidly expand testing in every way that we can; please check back soon as we add more testing sites and may expand eligibility criteria."

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Senators press Google Verily again on data privacy of coronavirus website .
The Democratic lawmakers have concerns about HIPAA compliance and data retention.The website, which launched two weeks ago, gives people take online screener surveys to see if they should go to testing stations for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The tool, which is right now only open to people in four California counties, is hosted through Verily's Project Baseline, an initiative to advance clinical research.

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