Base on the challenge number 6 Real-time monitoring of available beds for intensive care it became evident, up on reflection, that for the corona crisis it is not the ICU beds themselves that are the critical resource. In fact any ward bed that will be supplied with monitoring machines and ventilators turns into an ICU bed. So the actual challenge, are ventilators in hospitals, not ICU beds.

Getting a patient with respiratory problems to a hospital is challenging at the best of times. During the Corona crisis, finding the nearest hospital with available ventilators is essential as the number of patients approaches the apex of the crisis.

What it does

A simple web based app allows dispatching to enter the address of a patience with respiratory problems in a map app and receive a list pf the closest hospitals with available ventilators. The app also helps the ICU staff to monitor their ventilators by updating their numbers on the spot. The local disaster response team is able to monitor the use of ventilators in their area of responsibility and transfer patients to other counties if the reports show an significant increase.

How I built it

We used Angular 8 for the front-end and .Net Core 3.1 for the back-end. We build the app in incremental steps using reverse engineering from the users web interfaces. The data model was used on publicly available information combined with fictional data for the number of available ventilators.

Challenges I ran into

Due to the short time available hospitals in the Zurich region were not available for comments regarding the actual number of ventilators at their disposal. Also dispatching in Germany and Switzerland refused to disclose the type of data available to them. Therefore, we have to rely on dense experience as an intern at a intensive care unit.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We were able to build the system from scratch within only 48 hours since the hachthon was lounge. We are extremely pleased that we were able to build a fully functional demontrator complete with full dataset. In addition, other regions than Zurich can use the app without any problems.

What I learned

Getting real life user involvement without proper preparation proof to be difficult, actually impossible. Even in a 48 hour hackathon on the next occasion we would make sure that we have access to the actual users we serving.

What's next for BeeTwo:Helps by Nikko Laurenciana and Dietmar Braun

The next step is to build another demonstrator for Cologne and to present it to the local administrator. If there is a more general interest in the app, within the week, a mobile app can be added.

To document our achievements we produce a 1 minute video as well as a video containing a narrated presentation of  about 7 minutes. Below are the links:


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