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Health app keeps you safe from coronavirus infection
Tech sets baseline for workers, employees
Published Tuesday, December 1, 2020 6:00 pm
by Ashleigh Fields

Greg Harris, Joseph Homes and Herman Hill developed and market VitoCorpo, an app that verifies health status for employees and employers.

Charlotte entrepreneurs have created an app that screens people for potential viral infection.

Herman Hill, Greg Harris, and Joseph Holmes launched the VitaCorpo app, which provides secure, end-to-end, remote verification of an individual's health status using real time data collection and surveys.

The public domain app is free for individual users and the founders hope to continue providing safety measures and precautions even long after COVID-19 is under control.

“When you replace ‘COVID-19’ with ‘infectious disease’ that’s where VitaCorpo will stay,” said Harris. “VitaCorpo allows [companies] to manage the spread of disease and to do so at a very inexpensive cost, which gives us a better opportunity as a community to get back to some type of normalcy.”

Hill, a co-founder and graduate of Mississippi Valley State University, is an accredited healthcare representative who has worked with major companies such as Pfizer, Syenos HealthCare Solutions and Johnson & Johnson. Harris, the company’s CEO, earned his degree from Jackson State University and Holmes, the CPO, has done extensive work in visionary product design for over 16 years. Although the three have been able to maintain remote work amidst the pandemic, they know it’s not the case for many.

People who must return to in-person jobs with pre-existing health conditions face a difficult decision daily: feed their families or protect themselves by staying home. For many, the possibility of losing their life is worth the promise of a paycheck, even without clear preventative measures in place to prevent them from contracting the coronavirus. Hill, Harris and Holmes noticed the issue and quickly prepared to solve it with technology.

Through a user-friendly interface, people are provided a list of questions about possible symptoms. Once the response is submitted, it moves on to collecting temperature and blood oxidation levels, which are proven to detect abnormalities. The data is instantly compared to workplace health standards and employees are given a pass or fail grade.

Employers are instantly notified when an employee fails workplace readiness standards, giving them more time to plan and prepare for changes in scheduling.
Gaining access to information sooner will help prevent workers from spreading the virus.

“I lost my 93-year-old aunt and my 33-year-old nephew to COVID,” said Hill, who added their deaths inspired him to find a way to stop the spread.

“Oddly enough as I became a part of this executive team, my brother was diagnosed with COVID and my cousin who deals with the healthcare industry also contracted COVID,” said Harris. “Hearing the horror stories of how they had to deal with it and going through it with them made me want to do this more.”

Statistics show the pandemic is attacking minority communities at disproportionately higher rates than whites. However, they both believe the issue is  deeper than skin color.

“This is about humanity, this is about your moral fiber in this world. Is it based on wealth and power or is it based on the fundamental belief that all people are created equal and I love them all the same because they all have the same right?” Harris asked. “VitaCorpo doesn’t give a crap about what you look like. It cares about do you want to be safe.”


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