- Scott Sweeney
- Rashid Chotani, MD, MPH, DTM, FRCPH
- Ted Lemcke
- Haider Akram
- Stephanie Tennyson
- Joseph Tart
- Morgan Yocom
- Karen Legrand
- Chris Curry
- Jennie Wooley
Though it appears that the availability of CoVid-19 testing is improving, there is still a lot of confusion among Americans over how they should proceed if they think they are potentially symptomatic. Nobody wants to potentially put others in harm’s way by leaving home, yet there is a point when medical care may become necessary. This app’s goal is to help individuals decide when and how they should seek testing.
What it does
COVIDinfoQ addresses a critical need to make it efficient for people who suspect they might be infected to get access to healthcare resources. The system will allow respondents to provide answers to questions sufficient to determine their next best course of action, including
- Symptoms: • Temperature 100.4 degrees or higher? • Chills? • Dry cough? • Shortness of breath? • Diarrhea? • Feeling excessively tiered?
- Recent travel history
- Exposure to COVID-19 positive patient or individual
- Recent history of admission to a nursing home
- Pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, lung disease, or cancer
- Geographic location
- Healthcare insurance provider Based on responses received, a logical algorithm provides guidance on how the individual should proceed.
How I built it
We relied on healthcare practitioners both within and outside our organization to draft the list of questions and protective action recommendations. We then leveraged some existing technology components we already had to encode the process into a web application in a way that is extensible, scalable, and secure. COVIDinfoQ requires a login that enables a secure encrypted session on a platform that is FEDRAMP, SOC 3 and HIPAA compliant.
Challenges I ran into
While we considered incorporating an individual risk assessment based on the information provided by the respondent, we were not confident that we had the right data to be able to reliably evaluate whether an individual’s risk is low, medium or high, and were concerned over offering advice that might be interpreted as a medical recommendation or might possibly dissuade someone who actually needed care from seeking it.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We were able to pull together a multi-disciplinary team spanning skillsets including medical doctor, software developer, tester, business analyst, project manager, graphical designer, and videographer. This team of busy people coordinated closely on a very short timeline to produce COVIDinfoQ.
What I learned
It’s very important to throw off normal constraints and to silence the voices in our head that whisper warnings of roadblocks and wrong turns. It’s important to just start, and to work through the obstacles as you find them.
What's next for COVIDinfoQ
While we have done some initial research to assemble contact information for telehealth options and insurance resources, there would be benefit to expanding this resource database. We would like to see system integration as a next step for this tool. The information gathered by this application would be valuable as an advance notice to the healthcare providers the individual contacts.
Additional development can continue with a small, focused development team of 1-2 technologists, supplemented by in-house subject matter experts with extensive experience in the hospitality industry to provide needed functional input. Development of releases would proceed using sprint cycles of 7 days to allow customization for local area considerations where deployed. Scalability would be addressed by allocating additional cloud resources to the existing deployment.