The state launches a digital solution for monitoring the stocks and prognosis of personal protective means, created during the hackathon The Global Hack, which will simplify and make more comprehensive, the collection of information.
The coronavirus, according to Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab, created the need to quickly collect information from different institutions on the state's entire stock, but it was time-consuming and difficult for the user.
"The result of the hackathon was an application that summarises the state of personal protective means, makes it easier for hospitals and other institutions to make entries and provides the state with a good overview”, said Aab. “The state can make decisions based on more exact data using the new tool and react faster.”
The new platform simplifies the collection of data on personal protective means, inventories, needs and prognosis. The system allows for the user-friendly collection of data throughout Estonia and provides clear and compact, visualised results. This helps to make fast decisions, concerning distribution plans, as well as new procurements.
“We had a desire and a sense of duty to contribute, seeing the Estonian people at the front line of fighting against the COVID-19 virus," said Kristian Sutt, representative of the MASC team. "We put together a team of friends, in the framework of The Global Hack, the competition initiated by Estonians for collecting ideas concerning the crisis. We developed a platform, in cooperation with medical staff, municipal government leaders and different ministries that could be of assistance in planning the inventories of protective means. We hope that the solution we created will support the state and we have been able to make our contribution to alleviating the crisis."
The MASC team, during the first week, will support the management of the platform and the support provided to institutional users will be borne by the state.
The platform will be launched on the 21st of April and all public sector institutions will be directed to use it. The new way of collecting data may take up to a few weeks to get used to, according to Aab, but in summary, it will make it possible to direct assistance to where it is needed the most.
"Kristian Sutt and his team have done a job worthy of praise and I also support their idea of offering the platform to other countries", added Aab. "We have agreed with the developers that the database can be augmented by a forecast of inventory requirements, according to the situation. More resources will be needed, for example, when scheduled treatment is opened and this need will immediately be reflected in the numbers of the needs of treatment institutions.”
It took almost a week to create the new platform, during which close cooperation took place with hospitals, municipalities and care institutions. The MASC team members are Kristian Sutt, Sten-Erik Mägus, Oliver Viljamaa, Kert Pütsepp, Otto Jaansoo, Kristina Kõrge, Andres Tuul, Tõnis Palts, Karl Erik Esko, Georg Vooglaid and Johannes Kunts.
Background information on The Global Hack:
The public and private sectors, in mid-March, immediately after the emergency situation was established in the Estonian state, organised a joint two-day digital hackathon on the web, to cope with the crisis. The hackathon resulted in numerous technological solutions.
The Hack the Crisis movement, which originated in Estonia, has reached more than 40 countries and has had more than 100 000 participants. Estonia's representations and honorary consuls are closely connected to the hackathon, who in their networks invite states and developers to join it. The international technological community, from the 9th to 12th of April organised the next hackathon, “The Global Hack” at the initiative of Estonians, in which more than 15 000 people from more than 40 countries took part.
The initiative created by Estonians has been joined by Italy, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Finland, Moldova, Germany, the Belarus, India, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Hungary, Canada, France, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, Turkey, Norway, the Netherlands, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Denmark, Australia, Cyprus, Albania, Madagascar, Benin and Georgia.
Additional information: https://theglobalhack.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/164922557944001.