The Future of Pandemic Travel

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The speed at which Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson developed the COVID-19 vaccines has been touted by many as a medical miracle, but while the amazing advances in vaccine development were widely publicized, a small tech startup was also born out of the pandemic and shifted how medical data is stored and shared. As someone who travels for a living, the pandemic brought a lot of my work to a halt, the team at Capstone Family Medicine helped get the world moving again.

Odds are you have never heard of Wade Erickson, Dennis Spencer, or Capstone Family Medicine, but there is a chance you have already or will in the future interact with the software that Capstone developed, COVIDSecure

As the first waves of COVID were spreading around the globe, Dr. Erickson's team, led by CEO Dennis Spencer and staff at Capstone wanted to create a tool that would allow them to keep their employees working so they could serve the over 30,000 patients that count on Capstone for healthcare.

Dennis Spencer serving in the US Airforce Capstone Clinic
Dennis Spencer serving in the US Airforce

Drawing on his military background working in field hospitals as a combat medic with four tours of duty in the Middle East, Dennis Spencer and team set up an emergency clean room to conduct COVID testing, and the concept was replicated at locations across Alaska. Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas, so this was no small task.

Eventually, Capstone would build out mobile testing facilities that could be deployed at any of the Capstone Clinics across Alaska. Not long after the State of Alaska asked if Capstone could provide onsite testing at Bristol Bay, home to the largest sockeye (red) salmon run in the world. The region relies on revenue made during the commercial fishing season and needed a solution to keep the industry fully functional, from catch to processing. Capstone was able to deploy and mobilize remote testing centers in the sparsely populated region which sees a boom of seasonal workers. Capstone’s mobile units were used to reach remote areas across Alaska, providing vaccinations and testing across Alaska’s 15,718 miles of public roads. 

The Most Important Medical Tech Startup You've Never Heard Of
Capstone Clinic Mobile Covid Testing Center

While responding to the crisis on the ground, it became clear that tracking and verifying COVID stats would need to be streamlined if Alaska and the US hoped to reopen the economy and ease travel restrictions. 

Working with a local app developer, COVIDSecure was developed with the feedback of the clinicians on the frontlines of the pandemic. The result, a streamlined application that allows medical staff to manage data at scale with ease, while the end-user simply needs to download the application and create an account.

COVIDSecure was quickly adopted by government agencies and employers to keep their staff safe and businesses open, from statewide airports to local police departments and school districts. Users would simply visit the testing center and their testing status would appear on their app home screen. The application also can host a patient's immunization record post-vaccination. The application worked so well that the State of Hawaii approved COVIDSecure to be their only Alaskan-owned COVID screening partner for all incoming flights from Alaska.

Covid Secure
CovidSecure Testing Center at Ted Stevens International Airport

While dozens of applications have been developed since the start of the pandemic, COVIDSecure was the only one developed with frontline workers. Its genesis came long before the competition seen today across the Internet. The app's success, ease of use, and adaptability have taken Capstone from a regional medical practice to a national medical technology company supporting COVID-friendly operations that have developed specialty applications for various clients in the private and public sectors. The platform’s flexibility means we could see versions of COVIDSecure being used for international travel vaccination records, high-risk workplace health monitoring, and most importantly giving patients better access to their medical records. Heavy hitters like Disney, HBO, ConocoPhillips, Netflix, and Halliburton are examples of COVIDSecure large-scale clientele. 

The Most Important Medical Tech Startup You've Never Heard Of
What the COVIDSecure App looks like for the user

As nations are opening their borders, many are requiring proof of vaccination. Suddenly there is a race to develop an effective digital way to sharing vaccination or testing data. This is where COVIDSecure has a major advantage, at the state and local level. While other developers are just coming to market with their solution, COVIDSecure has a track record of success, making it the unheard-of tech company to watch over the summer and fall of 2021.

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