With the ease of curfew restrictions, the MOH launched the Tabaud app in June to help people in Saudi Arabia identify cases in proximity to them, in order to protect themselves and help curb the spread of the virus.
The Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence, in cooperation with the MOH, launched Tabaud to notify people in crowded areas of individuals who have contracted COVID-19 within the last 14 days. It notifies users of infected individuals by sending encrypted data to smartphones running the app, using Bluetooth technology to detect nearby smartphones that also operate the app, determine the distance and notify users to take precautionary steps.
Sehhaty, another app with integrated services that was developed by a private company in cooperation with the MOH, enables users to access health information and medical e-services provided by different health organizations in the Kingdom. These include COVID-19 test appointment booking, the self-assessment test, vital signs updates, tracking prescribed medicine, and retrieving and sharing sick leaves.
It also promotes a healthy lifestyle through various features, including an integrated steps tracker with Apple HealthKit. Other systems were also activated, including the 937 health care number and the Seha and Mawid apps, which were launched in 2017, to allow users to receive medical consultation from accredited specialists and book appointments at public health centers. By September, the number of 937 calls grew to 17.73 million, while Seha app downloads exceeded 1.5 million.