What is the Drexel Health Checker?
The Drexel Health Checker is a mobile- and web-based application that allows Drexel community members to confidentially report their symptoms and access key resources to help them stay healthy. The Drexel Health Checker can help users monitor any symptoms related to COVID-19 and connect them to resources if they feel sick. It allows you to schedule and receive results for COVID-19 testing as well as to upload proof of vaccination. It also helps the University learn more about the spread of COVID-19 and how it is impacting the Drexel community, which in turn can shape our strategies to reduce the risk of viral transmission on campus.
How do I access the Drexel Health Checker?
The Drexel Health Checker is available to download for free via the Apple and Android app stores. You can also scan the QR code available on the Health Checker page from your mobile device to access the checker. In addition, you can log in to the app via a web browser using the Drexel Health Checker Web Version. Important note: You must use the same login email address for the web version and the app-based version of the Health Checker. Always use the abc123@Drexel.edu format for all applications and communications.
When should I check in to the Drexel Health Checker?
All students, faculty and professional staff should use the Health Checker to report any symptoms of COVID-19 (please stay home and don’t come to campus if you have symptoms) and receive medical follow-up. If you are not fully vaccinated, you should check in with the Health Checker every day to stay on top of your health.
I'm a visitor to Drexel. Do I use the Health Checker app?
No. If you're visiting Drexel's campus and aren't a student or employee of Drexel, you do not need to use the Health Checker; however, please do not come to campus if you do not feel well. Please see the Visitors and Events page for more information relevant to visitors.
Is my information secure?
Your information will be maintained by MyOwnMed, Inc. the vendor that provides the Health Checker app under contract with Drexel. Your information will be maintained in a secure, HIPAA-compliant cloud database, with access limited to authorized Drexel representatives.
Can I opt-out of using the Drexel Health Checker app once I have registered?
You can opt-out or withdraw your consent at any time by emailing MyOwnMed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your information will be deleted within 3 business days of receipt of your request.
Any questions regarding opt-out may be sent to email@example.com.
Can the Drexel Health Checker app track my location?
No. To further ensure the user’s privacy, geo-tracking is not enabled in the app.
What do if I don’t have a smartphone or my smartphone is broken/lost?
If you don't have access to the smartphone app, and you're a Drexel student or employee, you can log in to the Drexel Health Checker Web App using a web browser.
What information is collected and how is it used?
We will collect your name, email address and phone number when you register for the Drexel Health Checker. You will also be asked to provide your age and zip code, as well as information about any COVID-19 symptoms, whether you have been in contact with probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19 and results of any COVID-19 testing you may have had. The information collected will be used by Drexel in the following ways:
- To help us learn more about the spread and impact of COVID-19 in the Drexel University community.
- To ensure vaccination among community members.
- To manage and respond to incidents of COVID-19 that occur among our students, faculty and staff, and help us offer the appropriate support resources to individuals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection. These resources include testing, care treatment plans, and/or referrals.
- To comply with legal requirements of local, state and/or federal authorities.
Any other use or disclosure of Health Checker app data will exclude names, email addresses, and phone numbers, as well as other personally identifiable information. This information will be used only for purposes of approved research.
As you sign up for the app, all uses are listed in the permission. The data portal is HIPAA certified.
Who has access to my data submitted via the Health Checker?
How long do you keep the data?
Information provided through the Drexel Health Checker app will be retained as long as Drexel continues to use the app.
How much will the Drexel Health Checker app drain my phone’s battery?
The Drexel Health Checker app does not use any background technology that drains your battery. Battery usage is dependent on make and model of the phone and the various applications used. Please note that Bluetooth tracking is not enabled on the app.
Is the Health Checker app a diagnostic tool?
The Drexel Health Checker app is not a clinical diagnostic tool. Any self-reported symptoms or test results are forwarded to the Student Health Center or employee health for follow-up. All students and employees who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are encouraged to contact their health care provider. Employees should contact their primary care provider and students should contact Drexel Student Health by calling 215.220.4700 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will the Drexel Health Checker app send me notifications?
The app will alert you to check in if there has been a gap in symptom reporting. In addition, you may receive survey requests regarding University or college-specific activities, policies or studies.
Does the Health Checker app collect my device ID?
No. The Drexel Health Checker app does not have access to your phone ID.
Does the Drexel Health Checker app know whether I have been in close proximity to someone with COVID-19?
The Drexel Health Checker app is not currently configured to use proximity scanning. Please note that location tracking, including geo-location and Bluetooth tracking, is not enabled in Drexel’s Health Checker app.
How does the Drexel Health Checker app know if I or someone else has COVID-19?
App users must get tested in order to know if they have contracted COVID-19. Please note that location tracking, including geo-location and Bluetooth tracking, is not enabled in Drexel’s Health Checker app. The Drexel Health Checker helps users monitor their symptoms and provides information regarding when best to seek medical advice. The Drexel Health Checker app does not alert you to another user’s COVID-19 status.
How will I be notified if I have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
The Drexel contact tracing team, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, will notify individuals that have been exposed to someone confirmed positive with COVID-19. The Drexel Health Checker app does not push notifications regarding possible close contact with an infected individual.
How will my location information be transmitted to medical personnel?
The Drexel Health Checker app is not currently configured to use or share location information. Please note that location tracking, including geo-location and Bluetooth tracking, is not enabled in Drexel’s Health Checker app.
How do I record a COVID vaccination using the Drexel Health Checker?
To provide proof of vaccination, please upload your vaccination information in the Drexel Health Checker. Click “More” in the bottom right corner, then select “Vaccine Records.” Choose the vaccine type from the drop-down menu, enter the date of your dose and lot number, and then upload a photo of your record. Click “Save.” If you receive a two-dose vaccine, you will need to record your first dose before you can add your final dose.