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From the perspective of where we have what resources available in the EU, the picture is very different.
Either we bring medical care to patients or we bring patients to medical care.
5.000 BEDS, 2.600 HELPING HANDS, 28 NATIONS, 1 UNUSED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Similar to the already existing Corona field hospital on Berlin Exhibition Grounds with 1.000 beds, we examined the possibilities and benefits of turning the new and still unused international airport Berlin-Brandenburg into a second bed capacity extension.
Therefore we created an EU Fly-In Hospital design as an EU joined undertaking which streamlines large EU patient numbers through the best available treatment without travel restrictions for patients or medical staff directly on airport grounds. Thereby patients are not leaving their virtual transitzone during transport or treatment. That way EU patient transports will be simplified in terms of health insurance and travel restrictions.
If the airport is upgraded with the designed corona control measures before the planned opening, this would be the only and first airport available in Europe to ensure business continuity by traveling in virus free and secure corridors. Airlocks, desinfection and isolated areas enables business and people to travel more safely again. This will be crucial for future face-to-face meetings.
We enriched the airport with a virtual hospital template where patients and medical staff can be checked-in virtual rooms and travelers can book virus-free meeting zones. QR code badges f.e. on beds, devices and staff allows a dynamic movement control in virtualized environments.
Centralizing people, demand, technology and resources will become an optimizing itself place for medical skilled people. Studying impacts and treatments of pandemics, will be essential for our global future. As a remotely operated pandemic university program like Erasmus placements or in quarterly contribution field trainings on airport grounds would help patients and students at the same time.
Our vision is giant and meaningful. To realize an unprecedented project like this courageous decisions, pioneers and many helpers are necessary.
The vision of giving that new airport in Berlin a first mission comes at the right time.
The airport should open on 31. October 2020 and centrally offers the best conditions, because the resources for the logistics, the coordination for arrival and departure and the localization of luggage and passengers are already available and unused at this time.
The impact scope of turning an airport into a hospital depends on the added level of complexity. Our concept is made of independent building blocks to start "small" and scale up.
Basic Requirements: Basis 0: Rudimental field hospital organization template Basis 1: Mobile medic beds to built up a field hospital in airport buildings Basis 2: Scanable tags on every bed and medical device Basis 3: Desinfection airlocks Basis 4: Staff accommodation Basis 5: Medical staff with digital badges to move on airport
Complexity Layers: Layer 1: Virtual structure of a hospital mapped on the airport terrain Layer 2: Hotel Check-In App to book virtual rooms for patients and staff Layer 3: Augmented Reality for doctors to navigate in virtual rooms and corridors Layer 4: Medical Remote University to study technologies during pandemics Layer 5: Blockchain to manage supply chain
People and Medical Service Crew The core criterion as everywhere in these times is to have access to sufficient personnel. For this reason we have clustered personnel areas: Airport operations (partly available and can be increased) Transport & logistics (partly available and can be increased) Patient administration and entry skill medical care (aid Organisations, military, volunteers) Professional medical treatment This can only succeed if incentives are designed accordingly. So accommodation, payments and smooth integration is essential for the whole crew.
IT infrastructure To fast start the medical services it is necessary to keep the effort as low as possible. Therefore no additional IT infrastructure should be installed at the airport. By using verified apps on any mobile devices, patient and personnel management could be used immediately. It is possible to completely run the area without local IT.
Financing and funding It will become necessary to connect several specific EU funds to operate the campus. By funding small parts each the whole solution will come more and more alive. EU digital funds for IT or EU educational programs to run the remote university might be an option. Ownership and Opening of the Airport Berlin-Brandenburg FBB is the operating company of Berlin Airports and planned to open the new airport on 31 October 2020. FBB's shareholders are the state governments of Berlin and Brandenburg, each with 37 percent, and the Federal Republic of Germany with 26 percent.
According to Berlin press the unused airport every day costs 1,3 Mio EUR. Until it's opening day that will be 245.700.000 EUR.
Progress during the EU hackathon We started from scratch with a first idea and developed the concept for the Fly-In in several calls f.e. with The Who and EU Commission departments across Europe during the Pan-EU Hackathon.
What inspired me: An interview with a 5 year old girl:
If someone tells you now: "Please build an airport! What would you do first?
First I would make some planes. And then a house like this for everyone
You can't do that alone, can you?
No. You need maybe ten more people. Or five.
And how long do you think it takes to finish everything?
For such a big one, quite long. About 30 hours, for sure.
Flora, you've been alive for five years. Is that a lot or a little?
I think it's a lot. And when the new airport opens, will there be a sticker booklet?