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UiPath Guest Blog: RPA and COVID-19 , how software robots are helping companies put employee health first

At the UiPath Beijing office, multiple WeChat notifications start pinging across the work floor. It’s a reminder for everyone to fill out the daily health survey—a quick and easy process that requires only a few minutes.

UiPath is one of many companies throughout the APAC region following government advisories to document employees’ daily body temperatures. Many governments in the APAC region have advised companies to document employees’ temperatures each day as they enter the office or employees working from home to report their travel plans and any health symptoms to their employers.

For those who missed the alert in the UiPath Bejing office, it sounds again an hour later—prompting employees to fill out the health form as soon as possible. With the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak reaching fever pitch, there is a pressing need for everyone to update their health status daily.

Behind the scenes, the large volume of health data (from the surveys) is collected, organized into reports, and analyzed by an unseen software robot. This robot can be a critical timesaver, improving the health screening procedures for companies in China—the country at the epicenter of the COVID-19 virus that has spread worldwide.

It’s important to note that we’re better prepared to address global healthcare issues today than we were in 2003, when the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) epidemic caused global chaos.

Sixteen years after the SARS-CoV epidemic, measures were quickly rolled out to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Those measures included implementing quarantines, travel restrictions, and temperature checks at airports, train stations, shopping malls, and more across Asia. Some countries and cities closed their borders to Chinese visitors, including Hong Kong, which suspended the high-speed rail service between the city and mainland China, as well as all cross-border ferry services.

Technology has also developed at a rapid pace post-SARS-CoV to help reduce the spread of diseases. One tool the world now has available is the new UiPath Health Screening Bot, which has been launched in several APAC countries. With our extensive expertise in applying Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to solve challenging business and societal problems, we created the Health Screening robot to make company health checks less tedious. The robot sends and collect questionnaires through software and can be utilized or customized by human resources (HR) staff to suit their organization’s needs. For those who do not require customization, there are ready-made templates that can be easily implemented. This assists geographically dispersed organizations that have limited resources, allowing them to benefit from speedy implementation.

Want to use the robot for your own organization? Read the full article and get the UiPath Health Screening Bot today.

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