In Ukraine, there will be launched a chatbot to coordinate hospitalization and an open dashboard of available hospital beds, electronic referrals for PCR testing and other services to combat the spread of coronavirus.
This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov during an online briefing.
"Understanding the challenges facing the country in the fight against the coronavirus, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal have set a task for the Ministry of Digital Transformation to join in the development of new digital solutions to the pandemic. We already have a vision and are working on implementation. It is rather critical in countering the pandemic to work with real and relevant information. We are now focusing on collecting qualitative data on the situation with the spread of coronavirus infection in Ukraine," said Mykhailo Fedorov.
Ministry of Digital Transformation is involved in the activities of the headquarters of COVID-19 Response and the development of new technologies. Together with the Government and the Ministry of Health, the Ministry is working to digitize and centralize the collection of information on facts and suspicions on infectious diseases. This will allow for faster and more efficient planning activities to enlarge hospitals, staff and conduct procurement of medicines. To do this, the Ministry of Digital Transformation engages in the following activities:
simplifies the process of instant hospitalization of patients with COVID-19. Together with the Ministry of Health, it will collect data on the availability of hospital beds, hospitalized and discharged patients, oxygen supplies in hospitals in real-time through chatbots and dashboards. The information will be displayed for dispatchers of ambulances and family doctors. With these tools, they will understand where a patient can be transported for hospitalization;
updates and improves the mobile application for self-isolation control "Diia Vdoma" (Act At Home). In particular, people will have a chance to describe the symptoms that will be processed by the Public Health Center. This will allow to relieve family doctors, as well as track information about deteriorating health;
introduces e-referral for PCR testing. Currently, e-referrals are already in effect in clinics. Ambulances and inpatient hospitals are next in line. In this way we can quickly track information about test results and test validity;
develops a way to introduce a system of QR-codes that will help Ukrainians understand whether they have had contact with a coronavirus infection carrier in public places. The system of QR-codes will potentially work in public institutions, where there is an epidemiologically higher risk of spreading COVID-19.
Earlier, with the assistance of the Ministry of Digital Transformation, online dashboards have already been created and they reflect reliable information on the fight against COVID-19 in Ukraine and inform about the provision of medical institutions with the necessary resources.