What tools – if any – people are planning to use to monitor employee health as we plan for a return to work. We’re currently looking into developing something using Microsoft Power Apps (https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/) or POPentry (https://www.popid.com/entry) to have people register their temp and well being when they arrive at the office.

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Daniel Koch on May 15, 2020 • 6 answer
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We're looking at an infrared scanning system we will install at our employee entrance. The scanner will read the temperature of employee's faces and send email notifications for anyone with a temperature over 101 degrees (or whatever threshold you set). The systems we're looking at can scan up to 200 people at one time and uses facial recognition, so initial setup will take 2-3 minutes per employee.

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Dave Cruse on May 15, 2020
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I haven't done any research but I was wondering where the lines are drawn with regards HIPAA and right to privacy? I would think that if you get a consent from the associate ahead of time you can measure / monitor, correct?

At this point we don't have any plans we are just toying with ideas. Creating workspaces with social distancing, etc..

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Eric Herbert on May 15, 2020
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Hi Dave - can you share what system you are looking at?

Eric - like many thing today, the rules are fluid and still open to interpretation. That being said, it appears that taking temps and such are permitted by the CDC and EEOC. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

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Daniel Koch on May 15, 2020
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We have created a simple PowerApp that's essentially an affirmation by the employee that they are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, along with the time they're entering and leaving the building. That said, only people with a specific reason to enter the office in the first place are supposed to be going there anyway, so not everyone will have a need to use it.

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Craig Fischer on May 18, 2020
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All, as you look to put these systems in place be sure the appropriate level of protections and access restrictions are placed on them. I would apply full HIPAA protections regardless of level of data being collected.

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Kathi Bellotti on May 18, 2020
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