Fort Lauderdale’s OZ makes COVID-era gatherings possible

As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, one South Florida company is leading the way with an app that blends health and safety with technology.

Based in Fort Lauderdale, global digital innovation and health advisory company OZ recently introduced Salus Safe, a suite of mobile apps which aims to help in safely returning the public to mass gatherings and their workplaces. Designed by experts in medicine, business and digital technology, the app can be used in a wide variety of sectors that rely on mass gatherings to make sure these gatherings are COVID free. In fact, it was used by semi-professional football league A7 recently used it to hold a safe Back in Motion tournament with A7FL CEO and co-founder Sener Korkusuz calling it “a game changer.” (This video shows the app in action.)

Salus creates COVID-19-free biospheres by combining any of the new rapid and mobile (lab-free) COVID-19 assurance testing methods with the Salus Safe suite of apps to record employees, students, fans, athletes and guests’ COVID-19 status snapshot and provide a time-sensitive mobile digital health key to ensure only people who test negative for the virus access venues, events, the workplace and schools. This provides everyone confidence and assurance that the people in the venue they are interacting with have gone through the same process as them and do not have the virus. The Salus Safe suite of apps utilize a selfie for identification and do not require the capture of any personally identifiable information such as name, address and date of birth (pictured left). Salus also provides real-time dashboards, reporting and analytics so organizations can understand the virus’ positivity rate by location, quickly isolate and control cases, and initialize contact tracing.

“Salus gets us back by helping make mass rapid COVID-19 assurance testing possible,” said Dr. Peter Antevy, part of the Salus medical advisory board. “Whether it’s the workplace, schools and colleges, cruise lines, concerts or ball games, the way we safely get people back is utilizing affordable, frequent, rapid assurance testing and that requires a mobile, scalable platform to make it happen on a mass scale. Salus is that platform.”

The apps include the following: Salus Access and Employee (for employees, students, guests, fans and athletes); Salus Test (for rapid, mobile COVID-19 testers); and Salus Monitor (for scanning the Access QR codes at venues and events). They’re available free in the App Store and the Google Play Store.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.