HelpBeatCOVID19 is a COVID-19 Symptom Tracker developed by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

It is an inclusive system that focuses on health and wellness tracking across the Southeast, with an emphasis on underserved communities and underrepresented populations. As hot spots across the Deep South increase, this system will help provide surveillance in areas that are typically under surveilled. Focusing on regional health disparities, HelpBeatCOVID19 looks at overall health of a given zip code and region. Given the major issues with health disparities in Alabama and the Southeast, this inclusive system will fill a need and be of a great public health value.

Project Leads

Sue Feldman RN, MEd, PhD
Director, Graduate Programs in Health Informatics
Associate Professor, School of Health Professions
Associate Professor, School of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mohanraj Thirumalai, MS, MEng, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services Administration
Co-Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
Director of ICT, UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sarah Parcak, PhD, FSA
Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Development Team

Directed by Dr. Mohanraj Thirumalai

Jeremy Quick
Technology Lead/Architect
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sai Kireeti Boddupalli
Front End Programmer
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Venkatadri Raparla
Survey Programmer
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Marionne Patel
Web Developer and Designer
Digital Strategy and Marketing, University Relations

Supporting Units

Center for Clinical and Translational Science
UAB College of Arts and Sciences
UAB Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center
UAB School of Medicine
UAB School of Health Professions
UAB School of Public Health
UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative
University Relations

Help Support this Project

When you donate to the COVID-19 Symptom Tracker fund, 100 percent of your gift will help grow data collection and management with a focus on healthcare disparities in underserved populations. This includes expanding project technologies, platforms, teams, and efforts to connect with affected communities.

If you are interested in supporting HelpBeatCOVID19, please contact Katie Adams at or 205-996-2154. For media inquiries, please contact Alicia Rohan, manager of Public Relations, at

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