The problem and inspiration

When the crisis hit, the governments’ need for information on personal protective equipment (PPE) stock levels and usage grew exponentially in order make informed decisions on procurement and distribution.

New reporting needs have inevitably resulted in unstructured communication channels and confusing reporting demands, overwhelming everyone involved. Inefficient and overloaded processes contribute to increased error rates on all levels, from frontline reporting to strategic decision-making.

The solution you bring to the table

MASC is a user-friendly platform for standardised and structured data collection, and analysis of PPE stock levels. It's built on powerful front-end design based on user feedback. As the collection of data needs to be secure, end-to-end encryption is used.

For establishments, MASC offers easy-to-use reporting solutions that users can quickly adopt and become accustomed to.

For governments, MASC manages the vast amount of collected data and displays clear information with useful overviews and insights. Depending on the user’s access level, different data sets, dashboards, and functionalities are available. MASC assists nations in accurately predicting procurement, usage, and distribution needs of PPE.

As a major value-add, optimised processes free up more time for government and establishment officials.

To solve one of the government's most time-consuming tasks, PPE distribution, we have created an innovative tool, the MASC Distribution Model. Our model takes into account the institution types, product specifics, and previous forecasts.

We are constantly improving the platform and creating new models based on real usage data. In the future, we will explore adding a demand forecasting functionality seamlessly on top of the existing user interface among other features.

The solution’s impact to the crisis

On 21 April 2020, Estonia, a leading nation in digital solutions, launched MASC’s pilot version, today used in over 300 institutions. First impressions have been positive and we have the government’s support to continue our expansion.

The platform is built with security, flexibility, and scalability in mind. We are aware different states have different requirements for processes, application hosting, and APIs, and will provide deployments per state with custom integrations, made possible by a close feedback loop with the state representatives. Global optimisation would lead to more effective crisis management, helping to mitigate the crisis.

What you have done during the weekend

We took our standalone platform to a whole new level by significantly improving the front-end solutions based on all the important learnings and feedback over the past couple of weeks from our pilot platform launch in Estonia. We also developed our innovative MASC Distribution Model.

We established relationships within the European Commission and with leading figures in different fields (healthcare, IT, public governance) from various countries such as Spain, Sweden, Finland, Italy, and Saudi Arabia. In addition, we were active and received extensive coverage on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The necessities in order to continue the project

Firstly, we are continuing to validate our value proposition with as many governments as possible. Secondly, we must secure strong stakeholder backing in order to finalise our solution that can be implemented globally. Thirdly, raising capital for product development is vital for a quick and effective launch. Most importantly, we are seeking to find the next country outside of Estonia to start using MASC.

The value of your solution(s) after the crisis

MASC is a tool that will be intensively used during crises. The tool will be used in a similar fashion, albeit less frequently, even after the crisis has passed to get an overview of PPE stockpiles nationally, making sure that we are better prepared for the next crisis. Moreover, routine data reporting and analysis allows early intervention which can help to avoid a global outbreak.

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