COVID-19 has now spread to 204 countries and territories around the globe, with over 1 million confirmed cases and over 53 thousand deaths1 at the time of this writing. With many cities across the world enforcing lockdown, the impact caused by the pandemic on the global economy has been dire. The outlook for 2020 “is negative—a recession at least as bad as during the global financial crisis or worse ” 2. Trillions of dollars has been earmarked to prop economies. Yet, for a developing country such as Nepal, whose healthcare is evidently weaker than its economy, the COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly going to pose as a sturdy challenge, difficult to mitigate within a short span. The healthcare systems in Nepal need to adapt, innovate, and respond as soon as possible to mitigate this global threat. The COVID-19 pandemic affects each one of us in ways that we have never imagined. It has affected the very fabric of humans, as social beings.
Initiative from Wiseyak
Remote monitoring and identification of potential spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus in high-risk patients could help the healthcare authorities to focus on their efforts and take early preventive actions.
Within Wiseyak, the rapid spread of the virus has made us even more determined to come up with novel solutions. Our team has been working hard to develop COVID-19 monitoring apps to support ongoing national and international efforts.
Our Response to COVID-19
Wiseyak team has built a holistic patent-pending AI-based platform, that integrates UMLS and FHIR standards, with the aim of reducing the burden on the present healthcare infrastructure. This platform helps to deliver a unified and interoperable healthcare data management system . Since WHO declared the COVID-19 pandemic, Wiseyak team has been working on building the following technical solutions to support the existing national and global initiatives:
- Rapid COVID-19 Screening (RCS) platform – a WHO questionnaire-based platform designed for the front line healthcare workers or the patients for self-reporting with the aim of managing and prioritizing patient visits to the hospital. This platform enables hospital administration to manage its resources, support social distancing, reduce the risk of spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus at its facilities and create a central repository of patients and population-level dashboards, ultimately aiding in monitoring and supporting the decision making process.
- COVID-19 Registry (CR) database – a WHO guided registry with FHIR and HL7 standards to effectively monitor and treat COVID-19 cases.
- Remote Consulting AI-enabled Electronic Medical Report (RC-EMR) – an AI-enabled electronic medical record system that provides doctors and patients with a seamless platform for remote follow-ups and consultations.
COVID-19 has made us more determined to utilize our knowledge to innovating and ,ultimately, fighting this global threat together. Our Rapid COVID – 19 Screening (RCS) platform is now available at covid.wiseyak.com. Please use the username: user1 and password: test1 to test the RCS web-app.
1WHO. (2020). Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report – 64. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200324-sitrep-64-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=703b2c40_2
2IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva’s Statement Following a G20 Ministerial Call on the Coronavirus Emergency. (2020). Retrieved 25 March 2020, from https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2020/03/23/pr2098-imf-managing-director-statement-following-a-g20-ministerial-call-on-the-coronavirus-emergency