Rapid Antigen Testing can reduce the spread of COVID-19 if it’s done right

Graham Gordon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gardian

With the Federal Government and the Therapeutic Goods Administration approving the sale of rapid antigen self tests (RATs) for Australians, the tests are becoming increasingly available through employers, online platforms, supermarkets and chemists in most of the States.

RATs show whether one has the SARS CoV-2 virus, even when asymptomatic, and protect the most vulnerable like the unvaccinated immunocompromised, elderly and children.

Rapid antigen testing is an extra protective measure, if used correctly.

With an estimated 90% of the population glossing over instructions, assuming most of it can be figured out by using common sense, health officials are advising people that not all products are equal, from moderately to very highly sensitive and following the prescriptions is vital.

Gardian introduces self-check app

Fortunately, the launch of the Gardian Self Check App, which is a state-of-the-art and proactive application that is available for iOS and Android ensures that there is a robust protocol for organisations to implement repeatable, self-managed COVID-19 testing and reporting.

Graham Gordon, Founder and CEO of Gardian, and developer of the Gardian Self Check App said, “Misinterpretation of rapid antigen test results can have significant public health consequences, including inappropriate management of the individual and their contacts.”

“Unfortunately, there are a number of influencers, and even media channels getting the self-test procedure wrong, and when it comes to public safety, and dare we say it, life and death situations, there is no room for guessing whether or not the process has been done correctly.”

RAT is the ideal way to reduce the spread of Covid-19, if done right. And done right means using tests that have a very high accuracy (overall agreement of 95% and above).

It also means capturing consent, storing information, having an auditable process and ability to report results to individuals, employers and health departments, all in under 20 minutes.

“Inaccurately likened to ‘over the counter’ pregnancy tests, rapid antigen tests are a sophisticated diagnostic tool for an infectious and dangerous disease, and therefore, an incorrect test result has the unchallenged potential of harming other healthy people.”

Gardian App easy to use and offers medical tracking

The Gardian App ensures a comprehensive protocol for repeatable, structured COVID-19 self-testing and reporting so is an ideal intervention for organisations and public venues.

It’s an effective solution for addressing the concerns of hesitant health officials in SA and WA.

With the ability to be used with highly and very highly sensitive RATs, the Gardian App operates from a cloud-based platform that manages applied tests in a controlled protocol.

Offering an online instructional video, the app provides a step-by-step guide for the individual and enables the capture and recording of individual consent and proof of test result.

While recording the relevant data for action and follow up, it also registers a batch number and a test kit to the individual being tested so that they can be tracked and traced if required.

The image of the test result is stored and displayed as part of the test result certificate.

The image capture allows providing proof that the test was done, is a valid interpretation of the test outcome and was completed in accordance with the instructions for use.

For the symptomatic, their information is used to forward a referral to a medical provider.

As security and privacy are paramount, all data recorded via the app is protected and used in accordance with the AMA Code of Ethics (2016) while using bank level encryption to ensure that every piece of data stored remains 100% safe as data is hosted by Google Cloud Services.

A key feature is the level of information and support provided to the user via the process.

Receiving a ‘positive’ test result can be frightening and isolating if there aren’t several support resources available to reach out to and thus the Gardian app offers multiple platforms including a dedicated clinician and help line to answer questions and follow up on end results.

The consistency and repeatability makes it ideal for Point of Care and high-volume test centres.

Organisations wishing to use Gardian for self-based RATs have access to comprehensive levels of training and support like online training via a resources page, webinar-style video training, technical phone support and face-to-face training subject to health directives.