Authors

Healthcare emergency supply chain.

Problem

The dangers of pandemics start when healthcare resources are depleted due the surging demand on healthcare, which makes it a supply chain problem in the first place. This problem is prominent in places like US and Italy; places that don't lack resources only the speed and accuracy of allocating resources, and predicting the demand.

To solve the surge on resources we need speedy delivery and wise allocation of resources, which can be accomplished with having an accurate real-time view of the current situation and means of predicting where it's heading.

In the case of depletion of government resources, we can rely on citizens and businesses to fill the gap in supply.

Solution

A web platform that generates real-time expressive reports of shortages of supplies and resources to health officials directly from hospitals through a straight-forward and user-friendly interface updated by staff from hospitals.

These reports will come together to create a dashboard that updates health officials with the situation on the ground, take data-driven decisions, fill supply gaps and predict shortages.

A mobile application (app) can be used to collect donations from citizens and businesses, this platform can expose the needed supplies in detail for which citizens can donate either by providing the supplies or donating online, or using cash, or using SMS or any other relevant gateway.

Exposing the locations with shortages will be important for local speedy delivery, and for citizens to avoid these places for medical help.

This mobile app can also be extended to use location data to create maps of movements and contact tracing using Bluetooth Low Energy.

This mobile app can also be extended to be used to recruit volunteers for medical care, delivery, or any other shortage.

This platform can be extended to take over more responsibilities like collecting and reporting cases, deaths and their locations.

Implementation

Due to the sensitivity of the situation and how time critical it is, we will build the system on several stages.

A new release of the platform will be designed on cycles each cycle will be  2-3 weeks -- only the initial cycle will take around 4-5 weeks.

Stage 1

Initial phase were we build the foundation and infrastructure needed.

  • Build infrastructure need to support the platform
  • Allow doctors to report the shortages
  • Generate relevant real-time reports for officials like:
  • Situation Overview
  • Shortages in geographical locations
  • Shortages in certain supplies or resources
  • Create gateways for user feedback.
  • Cycle: 4-5 weeks (full-time dedicated team)

Stage 2

Post launch phase, will enhance current features based on emerging data and add build new features.

  • Build phase 1 of the Mobile App
  • listing of benefactors and needed supplies
  • Donation directly or through online wallets and sms.
  • Add more detailed reports to platform
  • Enhance data collection & reporting
  • Enhance whole system based on statistics and collected feedback
  • Cycle: 3 weeks

Stage 3

At this stage we will have enough data to create predictions.

  • Build phase 2 of the Mobile App
  • Donation through credit card (local and international)
  • Utilize big data and create prediction models and reports
  • Enhance whole system based on statistics and collected feedback
  • Cycle: 3 weeks

Needed Resources for 3 Stages:

Total Estimated Time

  • 11 weeks

Human Resources

  • 1 Project Manager
  • To ideate, innovate and manage the whole process.
  • 1 Healthcare expert
  • To help with user experience, supplies categorization and terminology
  • 2 Backend Developers
  • To create the infrastructure needed for the platform
  • 2 UI developers
  • To create the user interface
  • 1 Data scientist
  • To analyze and model data, and create predictions.

Hackathons

Technologies

amazon-web-services, angular.js, flutter, node.js, php, postgresql, tailwind

Devpost Software Identifier

257225