The acceptance of the corona rapid test depends on the simplicity of its execution. And that currently leaves a lot to be desired. After all, every person who does not come to a monitored self-test via the employer always has to go to the test center with an appointment.
That is why the Network Diagnostics Berlin-Brandenburg eV has developed a new telemedicine app called Home-DX, which digitizes the concept of the test center. The self-testers use the app to film themselves while carrying out the test and then upload the film to a so-called video assessor, a cooperation partner of the network. The video reviewers are recruited as freelancers from among the medical professionals. Medical students can also apply. The video assessors are remunerated for the control and then use their criteria to check whether the test can be considered to have been carried out properly. In the event of success, they issue a digital certificate, which is transferred to the test subjects directly into the Home DX app, with which they also filmed the test process.
In practice, this is not yet possible across the board. After all, a subsequent video check of a previously filmed test sequence is not a monitored self-test. Here legal requirements still have to be created. Creating this is the goal of a pilot project initiated by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry. From May 29 to June 18, 2021, Home-DX will be tested in cooperation with eight restaurants, the Home-DX operator, the district office in Mitte, and the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy, and Companies. The Chamber of Commerce sees the aim of the project in creating a perspective for area-wide openings in indoor catering in pandemic situations and in preventing potentially infected people from making their way to the test center and possibly infecting people there. The pilot project aims to show whether monitored self-tests are actually an alternative to the test center. The operators set the incidence value as a benchmark for success. If the rate among test participants is the same as or lower than in the rest of the population, digital rapid testing would be in favor.
The Network Diagnostics Berlin-Brandenburg eV describes the process of the test in detail on a specially set up website. Only a limited group of users will be approved for the pilot project. The self-tests can be freely purchased in stores. Any test kit registered with the Paul Ehrlich Institute may be used. Later on, users will also be able to purchase kits from Home-DX.