The MIT Program for Trusted Pandemic Technologies helps public health professionals rapidly overcome the challenges they encounter as they engage citizens as active participants in digital solutions to fight COVID-19 and future pandemics.
Initially, the program focused on helping state public health officials design and deploy exposure notification and digital contact tracing for COVID-19. Subsequent initiatives include work to integrate digital solutions for COVID-19 testing and vaccination into digital exposure notification solutions and predictive modeling to help us, as a society, better prepare for future pandemics.
Congressman Bill Foster
Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis
The foundational belief of the program is that when it comes to engaging citizens in a quest for the common good, especially public health, trust at all levels and among all participants is mandatory for success.
The biggest challenges in designing digital solutions that engage citizens are human and societal, as well as, technological. Solutions, therefore, require tight collaboration among experts from a variety of disciplines including information science, public health, biotechnology, behavioral economics, and public policy.
Guided by our foundational belief, the Program for Trusted Pandemic Technologies functions as an open and neutral venue for partners from government, academia, and industry to advance basic knowledge as well as accelerate the practical application of that knowledge to solutions that save lives and reduce human suffering.
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