India currently is in a state of complete disarray. Being the worst affected country with COVID19, cases have risen astronomically over the past few weeks. With terrible local management, tens of thousands have succumbed to the pandemic in the past few days alone. The biggest issue has been the lack of proper authority in the management of hospital resources such as ICU beds and Oxygen supply due to which thousands are denied access to hospitals and have to resort to manually going to all hospitals in their locality and checking for one with resources while under duress of being affected with the virus. While there are government updated datasets on websites, these sites are rarely accessible and the simple preponderance of people who can't access and understand big data sheets have exacerbated the problem. We solve this lack of epistemic access.
What it does
Our application simply provides a clean and easy method of accessibility. It provides for a one-stop information center for all people wherein they can go through all the hospitals in their locale, gather the important information on resource availability, get an extended view on the all resources, testing and vaccines, get directions to the hospital and have the required contact numbers to the respective departments of hospitals in order to inform their needs prior arrival.
How we built it
We first designed the basic structure of the app using figma alone. We then used mapsicle to import the map, added locations of hospitals using google locations and then designed cards to assign data to the hospitals with further detailed options. We did this by linking the design to a google sheet where we added scraped data using a web scraping python code on google colab. From here we also attached the google data of the hospitals which included emergency numbers, locations, ratings and images. We then assigned the basic tags to import into bravo studio to make it into a native application. We also tried the same using swift.
Challenges we ran into
The inaccessibility of these websites with the required data proved to be a huge problem even for us. It took us several hours before we had a compiled list of websites made by local authorities to monitor hospital resources. Including mapsicle and obtaining the locations of hospitals also served as a big obstacle. Finally, extracting our design and converting it into a fully functional native application has its issues with final implementability and minor glitches/bugs.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We designed an application within a day which would benefit millions of people right now and have a real impact on their lives. We designed a free flow, extremely intuitive, clear and concise UI which provides the much needed data in an accessible format to all persons. We also implemented the base level necessities in terms of a backend to achieve what was possible within the scope of this hackathon.
What we learned
Designing a clean and clear UI on figma, implementing tags on figma to export to bravo studio, scripting web scraping tools/code on python and linking data from google sheets to figma.
What's next for COV-ER
Working out all the minor bugs and issues with the final native application before deploying it as soon as possible to have a major impact on this colossal issue facing the country and helping all the disaffected groups due to the pandemic. We would also like to implement an ML model to take into factor the availability of resources, distance and ratings available to provide the best options categorically to the user. Adding more regional languages to the UI would astronomically increase outreach too.