Professional services firm GHD has unveiled four new technology solutions aimed at increasing the safety of residents in long-term care facilities through contact tracing, appointment bookings and early notification of COVID-19 trends.

GHD Digital’s technology solutions for long-term care facilities are:

  • SimpleTrack, which allows facilities to track and report symptoms and virus exposure. As restrictions lift for nurses to work at multiple facilities, operators can quickly be notified of outbreaks in other areas, so those employees are properly quarantined before returning to work.
  • Contact Connect wearables, which help promote social distancing and perform rapid contract tracing among residents and staff. Devices allow for respectful monitoring and preserving employee privacy. The solution can send immediate notifications if people are too close together and deliver full contact tracing history in the event of a positive test result.
  • Appointio, which allows long-term care facilities to bring their scheduling operations online. Family members can book appointments to see their loved ones, while operators and employees monitor visitor traffic for safety.
  • Wastewater testing service, which allows experts to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater before symptoms are present. Studies show wastewater is an effective and non-disruptive way to monitor conditions and provide proactive responses, even in the absence of physical symptoms. Launched with the support of laboratory group Eurofins, the service is capable of detecting asymptomatic persons, before potential local outbreaks occur.

GHD has also added epidemiology and virology resources to its pandemic response, with strategic relationships with various public health and leading academic institutions in the fight against COVID-19.

“Residents of long-term care facilities face higher risk, fewer preventive measures and insufficient resources to manage COVID-19,” said Kumar Parakala, president of GHD Digital. “We believe digital transformation changes communities for good. We are focused on advancing technology that keeps residents safe while maintaining a sense of normalcy and dignity in their homes.”

GHD also provides engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients on five continents. GHD Digital is the company’s fast-growing digital arm offering services such as intelligence, virtual reality and cybersecurity.