Although online screening services are well promoted in some states by healthcare providers and news outlets, many people who are experiencing symptoms are still not considering telehealth as an option that could be a valuable first step in seeking care. With the increased demand for medical care during the ongoing pandemic, online telehealth screening allows you to get recommendations and pathways to further care for free or at an affordable price, even without insurance. While online screening can't test for or provide actual treatment for coronavirus, it is a powerful triage tool that is critical at this time to reduce the spread of the virus, reduce costs, conserve medical resources and help you determine if you need further care.
What it does
The COVID-19 Telehealth Directory is a listing of telehealth providers offering free/affordable video or phone screenings for COVID-19. The website displays telehealth providers offering screenings by country, state(s)/province(s) covered and cost of the screening. You simply go to the website, find a provider that covers your area and click on the link to visit their screening service.
- Waive fee codes are provided for services that are waiving their service fee for COVID-19.
- Filter your search by typing in keywords or using filter buttons.
- English and Spanish language support.
- Submit a form to add a provider to the directory (after it is reviewed).
How I built it
- Frontend: The website is a simple HTML/CSS/JS site with Bootstrap and Datatables integration.
- Backend: Content is populated by a static site generator written in Python using the Jinja web template engine.
- Data: Data was sourced manually from finding telehealth providers in Google news searches. I also outsourced some news article reading to Mechanical Turk to find more providers.
Challenges I ran into
- Promotion: There is so much information about COVID-19 out there, which is amazing but it also makes it difficult for your project to be discovered by those it might be useful for.
- Localization: Localizing in Spanish was tricky with a static site.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Putting a resource out there that can be immediately used and potentially helpful to people experiencing symptoms of coronavirus.
What I learned
Team up earlier next time to cover more bases and gather more data.
What's next for COVID-19 Telehealth Directory
We need volunteers to help promote the website and collect data to expand the list of providers in the US and other countries. If you're interested, please take a look at our project on Help with COVID: https://helpwithcovid.com/projects/421-covid-19-telehealth-screening-directory.