• Nevatha Gunasekar

Aarogya Setu - A case study 〰️

"Ultimately, the greatest lesson that COVID-19 can teach humanity is that we are all in this together."

-Quoted by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

The app - Aarogya Setu, which means "bridge to health" in Sanskrit

Aarogya Setu App, is the India’s main contact tracing technology, launche on April 2nd 2020. The app was developed by the National Informatics Centre under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology.

According to National Institution for Transforming India, Aarogya Setu it has become the world’s fastest app to reach 50 million downloads in just 13 days

Aarogya Setu is designed to keep track of other app users if a person came in contact with. It then alerts app users if any of the contacts tests positive for COVID-19.

How does Aarogya Setu: 

The app uses a bluetooth based contact tracing mechanism. It records details of all the people you have come in contact with as you go about your routine activities. The application will alert you if any one of your contacts tests positive. Aarogya Setu app also provides the relevant and curated medical advisories pertaining to the Covid19 pandemic. 

Aarogya Setu app can also identify potential hotspots around your location. When you take the self assessment test on the app, by correlating the symptoms that you report along with your location information, the app will be able to identify potential hotspots early enough. This will help take necessary interventions to control and mitigate the spread of Covid19.

The app also provides a list of ICMR( Indian Council of Medical Research) approved laboratories with covid19 testing facility. It gives state wise figures of confirmed, recovered and deceased covid 19 cases in the country.

Features of Aarogya Setu App:

The Open API Service of Aarogya Setu, addresses the risk of COVID-19 infections and will assist businesses and the economy to return to normalcy.

The new service can be availed by organizations and business entities, which are registered in India with more than 50 employees. Organizations can easily check the health status of their employees on a real time basis using new technology.

Aarogya Setu has been powering India’s fight against COVID-19 since its launch on 2nd of April this year. The app has now emerged as the most downloaded contact tracing app in the world, with more than 15 crore users.

Effectiveness of Aarogya Setu: 

India is better than China and America, yet Arogya Setu has not been proved effective when compared to China and American apps. China’s health code system running on Alipay and WeChat platforms is also not transparent about the way they work and the data.

An app as a life- saver: 

A dedicated team of more than 70 doctors and healthcare workers have also reached out to more than 650,000 of those showing two or more symptoms. And more than 16,000 people have been administered follow-up tele-consultation by doctors, free of cost, officials added.

The Aarogya Setu app has also been made compulsory for people living in the coronavirus Containment Zones inside the 130 districts identified as the Red Zones.

Government's decision to make the Aarogya Setu app compulsory for all users has raised concerns among the security experts many of whom have raised questions about the safety of the data.

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