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COVID-19 TRACKING APP

We want to produce a Mobile App linked to a GPS with which people can self-identify if they tested positive to Covid-19

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We intend to provide a Geospatial Covid-19 re-integration solution which subsequently could be used to manage other outbreaks. This will be a Mobile App linked to a GPS with which people can self-identify if they tested positive to Covid-19. This App could work with Maps in a way that it shows you how close you are to a Covid-19 patient, in a map covering 20m around a users current locations. The users position will be represented with a green pointer while the Covid-19 patients (people who are currently positive) withing the 20m buffer region will be represented with red pointers. These pointers will move as they move. It could also have a voice notification just like google maps (saying something like "you are 5m close to a Covid-19 patient").

 

This will solve both the social distancing issue and the Privacy issue. Since these people willingly turned their status on the App as Positive, They will consent that their location data will be shared but not their names or identity. When the person tests Negative again, he/she can change his status on the App to Negative and his location will no longer be shared. I understand that their could be additional privacy concerns which may need to be fixed. But if this is worth it, It could be IBM's way of helping the re-integration process.

 

Details

The App will be linked to a database. This will have 3 sections

Tested Positive - These are people that have already been tested and confirmed positive by NCDC. Their pointers will show in Red on the App

Showing symptoms but not tested - This will be for people that are showing symptoms of covid 19 but have not been able to go for test. It is pertinent that they self identify on the app so that other healthy people can keep their distance from them. There pointers will show in yellow on the app

Healthy users - These are all the users that are not in the above categories. Their pointers will show in green on the app but will be visible to them alone. This will also include people that have completely recovered from Covid 19.


The central database will be regulated by the authorities.



Benefits

This will help reduced infection rate by ensuring distancing from both already confirmed cases and also those who are showing symptoms but not yet tested.

This is also a solution which does not crumble economic activities




What is the need are you focusing on?

The Covid-19 Pandemic has confronted the world with unprecedented challenges. Ranging from need for multiple testing of patients with symptoms and the necessity of keeping tracks of these patients for public safety. Out of all these, the greatest challenge is the ability to protect healthy individuals from contracting the disease. This requires real time tracking of Covid 19 patients.

This is what we are trying to address


Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed
  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

We intend to provide a Geospatial Covid-19 re-integration solution which subsequently could be used to manage other outbreaks. This will be a Mobile App linked to a GPS with which people can self-identify if they tested positive to Covid-19. This App could work with Maps in a way that it shows you how close you are to a Covid-19 patient, in a map covering 20m around a users current locations. The users position will be represented with a green pointer while the Covid-19 patients (people who are currently positive) withing the 20m buffer region will be represented with red pointers. These pointers will move as they move. It could also have a voice notification just like google maps (saying something like "you are 5m close to a Covid-19 patient"). This will reduce the rate of transmission of Covid 19

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

This will reduce the rate of transmission of covid-19 in Nigeria . This has a potential of impacting positively on the health of over 200 million people in Nigeria in the next 6 months.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Healthcare Informatics Society of Nigeria.

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

The Healthcare Informatics Society of Nigeria (HISN) is a professional membership driven Association, developed to serve the growing community of Clinical Science, Information Science, Computer Science and Management Science professionals who are tasked with managing the dynamic Health Information Technology life cycle. It is the goal of the association to provide our members with objective insights and guidance on their career path and technology options. all of which are designed to improve the overall of effectiveness of patient care delivery by ensuring that the data generated is of a high quality http://www.his.org.ng/

What is your profession?

Medical Doctor

Where are you located (country)?

Nigeria

Where are you located (region)?

  • Western Africa

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Academia/Research
  • Healthcare/Medical
  • Technology

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 2-5 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Nonprofit/NGO

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Loans
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

We need support from telecommunication companies in order to build our concept.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

Difficulty in accessing fund and telecommunication partners.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

I am currently doing a research using people living in my community. From my research ,I have learnt that many people will be very willing to use such a covid-19 tracking App.

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