Inspiration

decrease the burden on health care, support the return to normal, reboot economy

COVID-19 Pandemic has brought disruption to health, social and economic systems all over the world. Most economies are in lockdown, more than one hundred thousands have died, supply chains are dismantled, millions have lost their jobs and others millions face famine and increased poverty. Impacts will be severe and changes on the established practices will outlive our generation.

Addressing and recovering from the current situation requires multiple coordinated initiatives for the different stages and associated requirements. We aim to address important challenges in the cycle that each potential infected person will undergo from detection, monitoring and treatment, and recovery.

The stress on public and private healthcare systems is well documented, as demand significantly exceeds instaled capacity and where making any marginal critical resource available can tilt the balance between life and death. In many countries, doctors and nurses are spending significant amount of precious time following up daily on infected patients that do not require admission at the hospitals, through phone channels. The first challenge we are addressing is to create a solution that can reduce the number of medical personnel involved in this activity by creating the basis for self assessment by potentially infected patients and the use of advanced analytics to identify risks and escalate intervention.

A distint characteristic of COVID-19 is the time it takes to manisfest on infected patients, making them transmiting agents of the virus without knowing, spreading the disease through social transmission. This recursive cycle sets the base for exponential expansion, unless a means for contact tracing exists and can be used once someone gets confirmation of the symptoms of COVID-19. Our solution will support triggering of detection by tracing solutions to initiate the detection cycle for persons that have been exposed to a confirmed infected patient on a part period of time.

The third challenge that we aim to address is supporting the return of people to the economy, following a risk based approach. This involves the creation of the basis for a managed environment where people that have been cleared through testing or quarantine can have direct access while not exposed to a risk episode (ex. Contact with infected person, development of symptoms). This will be important both for public and private entitites to ramp up activity while actively managing risks. This will also be important in situations where a second and third infection cycles appear, if population self immunization does not reach required levels and a vaccine is not available. The solution will support the concept of a „Health Passport“, valid while no additional risk conditions arise, and triggering a new cycle if a person becomes infected.

What it does

Our solution addresses important challenges in the cycle that each potential infected person will undergo, from detection, monitoring and treatment, and recovery.

Our solution can support reduction of the number of medical personnel involved in patient follow up activities, through phone or other direct channels, by :

  • Creating the basis for self assessment by potentially infected patients
  • Use of advanced analytics to identify risks and escalate intervention

Our solution will alert people that have been exposed to a confirmed infected patient on recent occasion, to undergo detection procedures and shorten the transmission chain, by:

  • Integration with third party tracing solutions to trigger our solution
  • A specific self assessment questionaire focused on detection
  • Automatic enrolment for monitoring if risk is identified

Our solution will support the concept of a “Health Passport”:

  • Valid while no additional risk conditions arise, and triggering a new cycle if a person becomes infected.
  • And permanent, when immunization is scientific established and widely approved/accepted or vaccination takes place

How I built it

We started by addressing a concrete business situation and leveraged on the assets developed to frame a much larger problem, as we believe that managing the overall cycle, from detection, through monitoring to final clearance through testing and associated certification, is key to re-ignite the economy using a risk oriented approach. We aim for a platform that can be used at national, regional, local, public or private level, using federated trust mechanisms that allow for inter-operability and trust. We chose a low code, highly efficient development platform, Outsystems, that allows for fast development of the next planned sprints as well as easy adjustment to specific national health authorities requirements, and the integration of third party functionalities that can enhance the effectiveness of the overall infection management, especially tracing. We used a cloud based approach allowing scalability and flexibility.

Challenges I ran into

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

Great team spirit to address the challenges as they appeared.

What I learned

What's next for COVID19 Connected Response System

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  • outsystems
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