The original idea came from recognizing the inadequate and uncoordinated testing effort in the United States. https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/sf-health-officials-grapple-with-covid-19-testing-shortage/
Various public and private labs and clinics are stepping up with different tests, but are not coordinating with each other, and are running into shortages of ancillary testing materials.
What it does
Test providers enter their information and enter a dashboard to: see other nearby providers to get information on their status, easily update their own status for other providers to see, and communicate about sharing testing materials and resources: kits, samples, reagents, vials etc.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
What's next for COVID-19 TestLine
A short-term goal is deploying a beta version of the platform for use in areas with several different test providers, such as the Bay Area.
If the platform achieves widespread use, the aggregated data will make it easier to coordinate large scale testing efforts and resource allocation.