Thursday 24 September, 2020

Government partners with Amber Group for jamcovid19 app

Government has collaborated with Amber Group to create a single, simple to use interface (web and mobile app) for a wide cross-section of information and public support mechanisms related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The solution, “jamcovid19”, accessible on both the internet and via mobile apps, was launched as a comprehensive and interactive solution to help address the complex and far reaching challenges facing the GOJ as a result of the global pandemic, according to a press release by the Amber Group.

The release stated that, as part of the national response efforts, the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health and Wellness sought to create an extensive health management, information and public support technology platform to address COVID-19.

The goal was reportedly to enable the Government to centrally develop, manage and disseminate information imperative to “flattening the curve” while bringing together COVID-19 related activities of multiple ministries and other stakeholders on one platform.

To achieve the vision and enhance the existing response protocol, the government partnered with Amber Group, a technology conglomerate, based in Jamaica.

Amber noted in the press release that it was able to build the applications utilising resources from among its 200 dedicated in-house developers to update and expand the government’s existing capabilities "in record time". The solution was fully developed and operationalised in just two weeks, the company said.

The company said it provided the innovative COVID-19 IT-response solution at no cost to the Government "in keeping with its philosophy of enabling the greater public good through the use of technology".

In lauding the solution, Prime Minister Andrew Holness stated, “Jamcovid19 represents the government’s centralised source of information and tools to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides useful data analytics and insights and includes the online application for controlled reentry. The app symbolizes the value to be derived from public-private partnerships and the Government of Jamaica applauds Amber for this important contribution. We will continue to work together as a nation to overcome COVID-19."

Dushyant Savadia, Group Founder and CEO of Amber, said: “We are proud that we were able to be of service to the Government and people of Jamaica. As we observed the growing impact of the pandemic, we knew that we had to get involved and support the national effort in a significant way. Since developing innovative solutions is at the heart of our business, building this comprehensive IT solution was a natural contribution for us.”

Savadia added: “I am grateful that through this partnership with the Government of Jamaica, we are able to ‘live’ up to our philosophy of enabling the greater social good through the development and adoption of technology." 

The interactive features of the website and app include:

- Real-time COVID-19 country and global analytics;

- Knowledge resources on COVID19; 

- Digital self-assessment and reporting tool for citizens; 

- COVID-19 testing appointment booking system at Government testing locations which enables citizens to do a self-assessment and choose location, date and time for testing; 

- Controlled re-entry immigration module that allows Jamaican residents stranded overseas to apply for a travel authorization; and

- A help feature to provide citizens with one click dialling access to Police, Medical, Senior Citizen assistance, Disabled assistance and assistance for victims of gender-based violence.

“The management and staff of Amber are happy to be able to provide foresight, time and resources to develop this innovative solution to enable the Government of Jamaica to better manage the incidences of COVID-19 within their borders,” said Michael McNaughton, Group Managing Director of Amber.

He went on to state that “as a global company, Amber has been getting firsthand updates on the impact of the pandemic through numerous partners touch points across the world and is happy to be able to provide this innovative tool to assist in the fight against COVID-19."

Amber operates in 22 countries including India, Africa, the US, Canada and the Caribbean.

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