KPMG assisted the Canton of Basel-Stadt with the development of its COVID Care app. This app helps provide care to people who have contracted COVID-19 and are in isolation. It also offers a feature where people who are in contact with the patient can be entered and monitored for the purpose of contact tracing, which is being encouraged by the Federal Office of Public Health as of mid-May. The use of this app is voluntary and it does not incorporate any tracking functions.
To successfully contain the coronavirus pandemic, authorities both around the globe and in Switzerland are relying on a multitude of different tools and important technologies. In Switzerland, efforts are underway at both the federal and cantonal level to use apps as a way of covering several key health risks.
The first app in Switzerland to be used to provide care to people who have contracted COVID-19 and are in isolation was developed by the Canton of Basel-Stadt with the support of KPMG. This COVID Care app facilitates simple, modern communication between the patients and the cantonal physician’s team of caregivers. It will also help the Health Department of the Canton of Basel-Stadt step up its contact tracing efforts, in line with the guidelines issued by the federal government. The app does not have a feature that tracks the user’s movements. Its use is entirely voluntary.
Lukas Engelberger, Head of the Health Department of the Canton of Basel-Stadt, is convinced that “this COVID Care app represents a major step toward establishing a customer-friendly way of providing care to people in isolation or quarantine. It will be an important, helpful tool in the weeks and months to come as we are forced to adjust to the impact of the coronavirus on our everyday lives. I’d like to thank KPMG for the uncomplicated collaboration during the app’s development.”
Basel-Stadt’s work on the COVID Care app is a pioneering achievement and Marc-André Giger, Head of Public Sector at KPMG and project manager, is convinced: “This solution represents a valuable contribution toward both improving the quality of care provided to people who have contracted the disease as well as toward relieving the burden on the healthcare system. Initial reactions from abroad show that the app developed by the Canton of Basel-Stadt is being met with great interest even beyond our national borders.”