Farmington Hills’ Kyyba Innovations Develops weTrace App to Identify COVID-19 Hot Spots

weTrace app
Kyyba Innovations’ weTrace app identifies COVID-19 hot spots. Image courtesy of Kyyba Innovations

Kyyba Innovations in Farmington Hills is preparing to launch its weTrace app, designed to help municipalities across the U.S. reduce the spread of COVID-19 by more quickly identifying those at risk and micro hot spots.

The app will track users’ symptoms while protecting user privacy. Kyyba plans to partner with local health organizations to assess how best to support high-risk communities. It will also offer access to government and hospital-based information on COVID-19; the ability to connect with health care professionals through text, phone, or video; a location-based heat map in real time based on user data; and mapping to test sites.

“The app uses technology to connect people with health systems and vice-versa,” says Tel Ganesan, managing director of Kyyba. “COVID-19 news changes daily, and we are all in our own bubble. This app will help us communicate and empower ourselves with safe tools and trusted resources.”

weTrace asks users questions about their symptoms and then has them check in daily to update. After beta testing, the app will become available for download for both iOS and Android users. Data will be consolidated with information from online dashboards and hotlines operated by local health leaders to provide a real-time picture of COVID-19 hot spots.

“weTrace can serve the people, health care systems, and government,” says Ganesan. “A primary goal is to provide accessible tools and resources to mitigate fear and anxiety. Eventually, we want to enable every citizen with this app so we can reduce risk and pressure points, boost telehealth, and limit people treading into infection zones.”

Anyone can take part in the beta test by emailing info@kyybainnovations.com. Municipalities across the country also can use this email to inquire about working with the app.

Written by Grace Turner for dBusiness magazine.