New features for AI enabled COVID-19 web application

Izah Azahari

Five new features will be available in the recently launched artificial intelligence (AI)-powered web application today which will further aid the Ministry of Health in combating the spread of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah highlighted the new features during the joint press conference at the Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health yesterday.

The minister said the additional features will include SMS Authentication, Direct Reporting Tool, Health Education Tool and FAQs, Government Press Statements and COVID-19 Activity Traces (Hotspots).

Users will be able to see an added security feature on the new landing page where they will be prompted to key in a mobile phone number to authenticate and a verification code will be sent via SMS.

The minister said both local and international numbers are accommodated especially for those visiting Brunei and have yet to obtain a local phone number.

A user accessing the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

After entering the verification code, users can input their name, along with their Identification Card number for Brunei residents holding the yellow, green or red ICs, or passport number for non-residents, and sign up to proceed.

The minister said the Government Press Statements feature will give users access to all previously published press statements related to COVID-19 from all ministries, while the COVID-19 Knowledge feature gives health education resources for users to get a deeper understanding of the virus through library articles and informatics, along with the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) feature which will enable users to look up answers to the questions they have on COVID-19. Users no longer have to call the Health Advice 148 if questions have been answered through this feature.

Meanwhile, the ‘Nearby’ feature is divided further into two: Hotspots which shows a map of the country where users are able to see hotspot locations from the previous Day 1, Day 7, Day 14 and Day 21, based on contact tracing information that has put together a map of confirmed case activities on certain dates; and the second is the Medical Resources option that informs the public of the nearest medical centres such as flu and swabbing centres, public hospitals, health centres and national isolation centres.

The final feature is the Direct Reporting Tool where users can use to report themselves should they feel that they are showing symptoms which will link directly to the Ministry of Health’s Information Management System so a tracing can be made to help the ministry.

The minister added that since it was launched on March 24, 27,000 individuals submitted their self-assessment. “People are welcome to continue using this Self-Assessment Tool to monitor themselves,” said the minister.