Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) is home to over 16,000 students and nearly 4,000 faculty, and ranks as the 3rd largest employer in St. Louis. The School of Medicine is also home to one of the largest academic clinical practices in the nation. As they prepared for students and faculty to return to campus following pandemic-related closures, the University needed to ensure the health and safety of the entire community.
In order to reopen campus safely, WUSTL wanted to understand student and faculty movement so that they could proactively respond in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. They needed to track symptoms, exposure and test results and then visualize, report on and analyze the data for a variety of stakeholders.
We built and deployed a symptom screening application that included demographic and health related questions for individuals to answer on a daily basis before entering campus or specific buildings. The data collected was cross referenced with a variety of systems – card readers to track movement, as well as HR and student databases to identify students, faculty and staff and match with their id cards. We also built a complementary exposure notification app to facilitate contact tracing. A workflow was established to contact individuals with potential exposure based on their movement around campus and proximity to individuals with known symptoms or positive test results.
We built data visualizations and dashboards using Looker that allows WUSTL to leverage student and faculty data to reduce the risk of larger COVID-19 outbreaks on the campus.
For more information on how Washington University in St. Louis took a data driven approach to reopening campus, watch this on-demand webinar from SpringML, Google Cloud & Carahsoft.
May 16, 2022