Kroger prepares rollout of iPhone-assisted COVID-19 quick testing kits
- February 22, 2021
An at-home COVID-19 test that uses the iPhone to check results will be accessible to purchase from Kroger later on when the FDA allows the test for public sale.
The Gauss COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Home Test is presently anticipating approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a crisis use authorization, permitting it to be distributed and provided to the public. Anticipating that approval, Kroger Health has laid out its distribution plans for the test.
The retailer’s health arm intends to make the test accessible to purchase online, as well as its 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics across the United States. AppleInsider has asked for clarification, and subtleties of more extensive accessibility if any is arranged.
Gauss produced the first 1.5 million units of the test, which the retailer will promptly begin distributing once the EUA has been allowed. The maker claims to be able to make up to 30 million tests each month at full production capacity.
The test comprises a swabbing kit and an iPhone app, which gives step-by-step instructions to appropriately gather a nasal swab sample and to process it. When placed into the test cassette and after a 15-minute wait, the application prompts the client to utilize the iPhone camera to scan the cassette’s markers.
The application at that point gives the aftereffect of the test to the client as clearly as possible. The app is likewise ready to share the result with public health agencies, following normal HIPAA compliance rules.
A clinical preliminary submitted to the FDA to support the application decided the test has a 93% positive agreement and 99% negative agreement contrasted with existing crisis use-authorized PCR tests.
“Public health leaders agree that people need access to on-demand, reliable, rapid testing in their own homes, and that’s exactly what our test delivers,” said Gauss founder and CEO Siddarth Satish in a statement.
While a moderately straightforward use of the iPhone for guidance and reading a result, the test is another way that iPhones and applications are assisting with combatting the ongoing pandemic. The Apple-Google COVID-19 API and exposure notification system is employed by healthcare associations around the world to help with tracking the spread of the virus in huge populaces.
Apple has likewise recently begun to deal with the presentation of alleged “health pass” apps, digital credentials for getting to buildings or in-person services. On Wednesday, Apple said such applications should be made by an organization with relations to public health authorities to be submitted for consideration in the App Store.