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Trial run of supplementary e-platform to facilitate self-monitoring of travellers

Trial run of supplementary e-platform to facilitate self-monitoring of travellers

The Department of Health has developed a supplementary platform to facilitate the self-monitoring of inbound travellers undergoing quarantine at designated quarantine hotels (DQHs). They could choose to register their rapid antigen test (RAT) results and personal health status through the system.
To provide a convenient electronic mode for inbound travellers to record their information when undergoing daily RATs and self-monitoring during their compulsory quarantine at DQHs, the Centre for Health Protection developed a platform called "Electronic COVID-19 Medical Surveillance System" (eCMSS) and began the trial run.

As of Tuesday, the Department of Health had sent SMS to about 10,000 travellers at DQHs inviting them to log in to the system with the link provided and upload relevant information daily during quarantine. About 5,000 of them chose to log in to the system.

The spokesman for the Department of Health reiterated that the objective of launching the system is to provide another convenient way for inbound travellers to record their health conditions. They can still opt for the original paper form provided by the hotels for recording purposes.

The Department will analyse the data collected during the trial phase, the system usage, as well as the capacity of the relevant system to decide whether the system is to be fully implemented.

During the trial phase, DQHs are still required to collect the health surveillance information of inbound travellers, submit guest lists to the authorities who tested positive, as well as to remind those guests who forget to do the RAT under the current arrangement.
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