Introduction and Background

Several digital tools have been developed or adapted—some by established information technology (IT) companies, others by small, entrepreneurial organizations—to support various parts of the contact tracing process to support COVID-19. However, there has been no national-level opportunity for local and state health officials to collaboratively assess these tools and consider whether and how they might best support contact tracing.

With funding from the CDC Foundation, the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), a program of the Task Force for Global Health (TFGH), convened local, state and federal public health officials in a national-level forum to help inform and coordinate the development of IT solutions to support contact tracing. As part of that, PHII has developed an assessment report (1) to provide guidance to public health authorities that helps them understand the landscape of available digital contact tracing tools and (2) to provide a set of prioritized requirements to evaluate these tools and aid in decision-support for selecting the appropriate tool.

Many state and local health departments are actively seeking COVID-19 contact tracing tools/apps. If your organization is currently implementing digital contact tracing technology and interested in sharing information about the product and your experience, please complete the following survey.
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