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Thornton Tomasetti releases 'Healthy Reentry' free software to aid safe office return

Open source app provides customizable health reporting and contact tracing capabilities.

November 05, 2020 |
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Thornton Tomasetti has open sourced its proprietary Healthy Reentry (HR) application for health monitoring and contact tracing. Designed to facilitate the safe return of employees to the workplace, the web-based solution can be customized to meet the needs of large and small companies while protecting the privacy of staff.

Healthy Reentry enables employees to record their health status as it relates to COVID-19 before returning to a shared work environment. The simple, secure user interface is scalable for organizations of any size and is compliant with HIPAA, GDPR and other workplace privacy laws.

HR app was developed by Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE studio to speed the safe return of the firm’s employees in more than 50 offices around the world. It has been in use by Thornton Tomasetti since June. The firm also shared the app with colleagues in the architecture, engineering and construction industries, and is now offering the solution to any firm that wants to use the codebase.


A screenshot from Healthy Reentry.


“We set out with the goal to create a tool that prioritizes the health and safety of our employees,” said Thornton Tomasetti Chief Technology Officer Robert Otani. “As health monitoring and contact tracing will be the new normal as companies slowly move back to their offices, we decided to make this app available to everyone to help ease the process.” 

Here is how it works: Employees can report their health status through the app, which is accessible via smart phone or computer, and whether they are working from home or in the office. They will also receive regular reminders to update any changes to their health.

Once in the workplace, they can document “encounters,” or incidents where person-to-person contact breaches a company’s health and safety protocols. If the employees involved in these encounters remain healthy, the information is simply logged for future reference. However, if someone tests positive for COVID-19, HR app will alert a company’s human resources department or management team, who then will be able to determine if any other employees have been exposed and act accordingly.


Healthy Reentry mobileA screenshot from Healthy Reentry mobile.


“In order to safely return to the office, each employee needs to meet local, state and company requirements,” Otani said. “Through the Healthy Reentry app, we can ensure employees are operating in a safe environment while preserving their privacy.” 

Setting up the application for a firm’s unique authentication and security requirements and branding does require software development skills. For additional information, contact

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