App Allows Users to Share COVID-19 Status

Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor, Restaurants
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Houston-based software and hospitality entrepreneur Carson Hager developed SafeFun app that allows consumers to easily share COVID-19 test results and vaccine records.

SafeFun – a consumer-facing app that allows users to voluntarily and easily share COVID-19 test results and vaccine records with everyone in their social network. The community-focused document wallet combines industry expertise with technology, data science and ease to provide comfort knowing the people around you have either undergone a recently validated negative COVID test or have received an approved vaccination.

Programmed to be effortlessly and intuitively navigated, users register and download the app to secure a complimentary, password protected SafeFun account before uploading their test results or vaccination records. SafeFun, in turn, extracts those results from the document, instantly analyzes and validates it with hundreds of known testing and vaccination record formats from around the world, then summarizes and adds the users’ most current health records into their digital health wallet so they can be displayed on the SafeFun Passport.

The internationally compliant app not only offers On Demand access to records anywhere in the world at any time, it also provides visual cues that help users immediately identify when they – and the people in their sharing network – are up to date on tests and vaccinations.

SafeFun was developed by a team led by Houston-based software and hospitality entrepreneur Carson Hager.

An App is Born

Hager, under the umbrella organization – The Hospitable Viking, launched a trio of bars in his native Houston that ultimately led to the idea for SafeFun. As the severity of COVID-19 began to take root, Hager realized that the only way he would get customers back into not only his - but everyone’s - establishments would be if he could somehow make people feel comfortable, and that would only happen if they could confidently demonstrate to others around them that they were at low or no risk. In the flash of a lightbulb moment, SafeFun was born.

Dusting off his programmer’s hat, Hager and team immediately began working around the clock to develop an intelligent system that could import any number of PDF health records from anywhere that could quickly identity and validate them by incorporating the data into an aggregated digital health wallet for users. The resulting SafeFun platform runs on the Microsoft Azure cloud and includes native mobile applications for iOS and Android as well as a full web version for those users who do not own smartphones.

If the app doesn’t currently support a testing center, users can simply upload the result so that SafeFun can validate the testing center and add it to their system within 24 hours.  The app relies on the experts at the CDC, FDA, NIH and others to provide conservative guidelines around safety and uses them in their algorithms to provide comfort. Ultimately, it is the users – not the app – that decides what they are comfortable with and what they are not, says SafeFun

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