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The Ministry of Health and Prevention, Abu Dhabi Health Authority and Dubai Health Authority have jointly launched an app named ALHOSN UAE for smart phones and devices

mohapThe app is also encrypted and the data remain only on the user’s phone. (Image source: MoHAP)

The free app will be an official digital platform for COVID-19 tests in the UAE. This is a national initiative aimed at supporting the Government’s efforts to contain the pandemic.

The app combines the benefits of STAY HOME and TRACE COVID, the two apps previously launched by the Department of Health. It also guarantees high degree of privacy protection to the users through artificial intelligence and other technological tools.

The ALHOSN UAE app depends on the use of short-term Bluetooth signals, to show whether the person is in close proximity to people who have had contact with patients infected with the COVID-19 virus. This is possible if they also have the same app on their phones as the phones exchange the metadata stored in them. The app is also encrypted and the data remain only on the user’s phone. Through this data, the competent health authorities can quickly identify people at risk of transmission to them so that they can communicate with them and retest them again.

In this context, Abdul Rahman bin Muhammad Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, explained that the app ALHOSN UAE harnessed the latest mobile phone technologies to help control and contain the Covid-19 virus, stressing that the UAE Government will spare no effort in maintaining the safety and health of all citizens.

The Minister pointed out that the new app being easy to use was the latest solution that Ministry developed, in cooperation with other relevant health authorities, to response to the Coronavirus epidemic. He said that containing the virus required collective efforts by the Government and all segments of the Emirati community – citizens and residents alike. Translating the benefits of the app into actuality demands commitment from all and its use on a large scale, he stressed.

“We can contain this virus only if we all act together, each one giving the others protection and peace of mind,” Al Owais added.