Penang has introduced a contact tracing online application to help the health and security authorities track those who may have been exposed to Covid-19.
It’s called the Penang Contact Tracer application or in short ‘PgCare’
PgCare (Penang Contact Tracer) was introduced on 15 May 2020, slightly later than MySejahtera and SELangkah because Penang wanted to utilise a federal app for uniformity. However until its improvement in Jun 2020, MySejahtera was not conducive for use.
On 20 April, Digital Penang hosted an e-gathering “Hacking the Next Normal” with IT people, sectorial experts etc to discuss how IT solutions can help Penang deal with Covid-19. PgCare was incubated in one of the tech sandboxes after the event.
The system was designed with users, policymakers, fed, local, state govt inputs to ensure a functional, easy-to-use, secure system.
PgCare wanted to avoid issues in MySejahtera at that time which is an app-based system. Fed govt later reintroduced a non-app QR scanner on 1 June.
The matrix below is a “friendly” comparison of the available contact tracer systems in Malaysia.
I hope our experiences can help improve one another.
Oh, and PgCare was developed by a local IT company, Madison Tech. They developed the system free of charge for the use of the Penang State Govt.
In April 2020, a version of PgCare was also adapted by the construction industry in Penang for contact tracing among migrant workers in the sector.
Check out: www.pgcare.my