The WHO wrote in their COVID-19 Strategy Update (14.04.2020): "Stopping the spread of COVID-19 requires finding and testing all suspected cases so that confirmed cases are promptly and effectively isolated and receive appropriate care, and the close contacts of all confirmed cases are rapidly identified so that they can be quarantined and medically monitored for the 14-day incubation period of the virus." Therefore, increasing test capacity is crucial in the fight against SARS-CoV-2, but many places lack reagents, equipment, and personnel.
LabHive is a digital platform that promotes the development of a strong diagnostic network and facilitates efficient access to resources for diagnostic centers.
We bring together:
- Qualified volunteers with training and experience,
- Diagnostic centers currently offering SARS-CoV-2 tests, and
- Research laboratories with access to reagents, devices, or suitable lab space
Together we unleash the united power of science!
Our MVP is available at https://labhive.de
Suggestions and comments are always welcome: @lab_hive
Further info https://labhive.de/#/press
How we built it
LabHive comprises an interdisciplinary team of scientists, software developers, and data protection experts. The idea for the platform originally emerged from two projects of the #WirVsVirus Hackathon of the German government. Both teams have volunteered their efforts to this initiative, and they have joined forces to help increase test capacity.
What we did during the weekend
During this weekend we were able to reach out to key mentors and facilitators. We also received valuable feedback on our platform by users and implemented this by remodeling the registration and search. Another focus this weekend was creating costumer profiles, a business model and working on our external communication strategy.
Solution impact on the crisis
Our platform enables diagnostic centers to connect with the scientific community and get access to resources in the form of reagents, devices, personnel and know-how. With these resources, diagnostic centers will be able to increase their test capacity and thereby more tests can be performed. The more tests performed, the easier it is to track infection chains and manage the pandemic.
Continue the project
We are looking forward to launching the platform within the next one or two weeks. Further steps are the implementation of further languages in order to make it accessible for more countries. We would also like to add further functions such as managing resources and streamlining test capacity.
Value after the crisis
After the crisis our platform will be available to be reactivated for any viral outbreak that requires increased test capacity, such as new emerging viruses or the yearly seasonal flu. Further, the network established with our platform will stay active after the crisis, enabling diagnostic centers to maintain a good relationship to the scientific community. It can also be used as a way to connect vendors of reagents, kits or test devices with diagnostic centers.
Join us on our way to align efforts for more SARS-CoV-2 tests.
Spread the Test, Beat the Virus!