AU preps for fall with premiere healthcare app

Anderson University is excited to announce a partnership with Daon, a global leader in identity management and biometric technology. Daon has pioneered a digital health screening solution accessible through a mobile app that allows users to quickly and easily assert their health status. In the fall semester, AU will be the higher education pilot institution to adopt Daon’s IdentityX Health™ solution. This app will allow for daily COVID-19 health screenings for students, faculty, and staff. 

AU holds great pride in its values-driven culture. IdentityX Health™ creates an opportunity for the university to continue to demonstrate and live out these values as a community amidst this crisis. Members of the campus community will engage in a daily self-screening that includes a temperature and symptom list. If a screening yields a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, they will be connected to campus health professionals to receive testing and resources that may be needed for their care. The individual’s contacts will then be notified for follow-up. Through introducing these public health safety protocols across campus, each person is surrounded by resources and support.

“This solution will allow us to detect cases on campus and respond with a full set of resources for faculty, staff, and students,” said Dr. Sarah Neal, professor of nursing and head of the AU COVID-19 task force. “We will be able to communicate important messages in a timely manner, and manage isolation and quarantine more effectively. Most importantly, Daon’s IdentityX Health™ will offer our campus community the ability to return to campus with a measure of safety that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.”

“At Daon, we believe that identity is a critically enabling component for the public’s return to social and economic normalcy, while also increasing resilience against future health security threats,” said Daon CEO, Tom Grissen. “We couldn’t be prouder to work with a university that shares our vision for building technology that helps restore the confidence of students, faculty, and staff, and protects their wellness and safety.” 

In times such as this, it is crucial to be under great leadership. Before becoming President at Anderson University in 2015, John Pistole held leadership roles in the FBI and TSA. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, Pistole was placed in charge of the FBI’s counterterrorism program, eventually becoming the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for national security. In 2004, Pistole was named Deputy Director for the FBI. Since the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, Pistole contributed to the formation of terrorism policies during both the Bush and Obama administrations.

His leadership experience in crisis has made him an expert in risk management and mitigation, and a vital resource in protecting the safety of AU community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Through his decades spent in public service, Pistole benefitted by working with innovative problem solvers such as John Sanders, now the President of Emerging Markets of Daon.  Sanders, now a Trustee at AU, is facilitating this partnership between Daon and AU. 

The pandemic has presented a number of challenges to higher education,” said Pistole. “Daon’s software and expertise will help Anderson University provide the safest possible campus to students, faculty, staff, and visitors.”

A virtual press conference with Pistole and CEO of Daon Tom Grissen will be held on June 10 at 1 p.m. This event is open to the public and can be viewed here.

Daon is an innovator in developing and deploying biometric authentication and identity assurance solutions worldwide. Daon has pioneered methods for securely and conveniently combining biometric and identity capabilities across multiple channels with large-scale deployments that span payments verification, digital banking, wealth, insurance, telcos, and securing borders and seamless travel. Daon’s IdentityX® platform provides an inclusive, trusted digital security experience, enabling the creation, authentication and recovery of a user’s identity and allowing businesses to conduct transactions with any consumer through any medium with total confidence. Follow them on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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