COVID-19 is a world-wide pandemic that’s affecting many countries. SARS-CoV-2 is known to be the cause of COVID-19 and it affects the respiratory system.In India, the disease is expected to infect 20-60 percent of the population out of which 10 percentrequire medical assistance and hospitalization. The recent experience in Italy has highlighted the critical need to ensure the adequate capacity of inpatient and intensive care beds for what is likely to be a surge of seriously ill patients. Data from Spain, Italy and other parts of Europe have shown that the age groups between 50-80 are at high risk of acquiring this disease, given their immunity is lower.The demand for ventilators across the country could surge to 1.5-2 Million while there is only 30,000 -50,000 currently available across the country.In such a situation, time is of the essence in finding the right hospital with proper ICU facilities and ventilators. However, patients and first responders are unable to determine where the proper medical facilities are in case of an emergency. To address this problem, we would like to provide a solution that pulls together information, such as ICU beds and ventilators in hospitals nearby.
VentiSearch is a mobile app that provides a list of nearby hospitals along with the corresponding number of ICU beds and ventilators to the user based on their current location.
The biggest challenge we are solving is collecting and organizing hospital data that is not accessible anywhere on the internet. To collect this data, we are working with several public health and volunteer organizations, and currently, we have information on 19 hospitals in Telangana, with 2240 ICU beds and 1140 ventilators. We inputted the data into a spreadsheet, mapped the data on Google Maps, and created a spatial index. A spatial index is a way of organizing information to enable searching based on the physical world coordinates and distances. We pull all of these components together to provide an interface that shows nearby hospitals along with the number of ventilators and ICU beds available. To build this solution, we are using Flutter (to build both Android and iOS apps) and Google Cloud with Python to build a spatial index.
This solution to enable easy tracking of ventilators all began the day a dear one was supposedly showing symptoms of COVID 19 and was in dire need of a ventilator. He was originally from Rajahmundry, AP, and had to travel over 200 km in search of a ventilator. Hospitals turned him down in fear of the virus. Through a few good friends, he managed to find a ventilator. This incident was just a spark that found its way into the bonfire of innovation it is now. Through this, we learn that everything comes with a cost and we want to be a part of that journey along with our users, whether for better or worse, to bring about a change in the society and, above all to make a difference in someone’s life.
The users will be able to obtain the apps from the App Store and Google Play Store. Once installed, users will be able to launch the app and grant the current location permissions and then, they will be able to see the emergency resources around them. From there, they will be able to receive driving directions using Google Maps and will be able to call the hospitals to confirm resource availability, as shown by the picture on the right.
VentiSearch would be positioned as a free app for B2C and charge an annual subscription for B2B ( Hospitals, NGO) and B2G ( State Govt, Central Govt). VentiSerarch is positioned as a social enterprise impact startup, which will build on variety and veracity of data going beyond ventilators and adding more equipment in the Healthcare space. This will help position it as a value partner for many Healthcare solution providers.
While VentiSearch is a very specific solution, as it finds only the ICU beds and ventilators nearby, it can be expanded to provide the user with nearby COVID-19 testing facilities. Also, this can be extended to cover other states in India by collecting this data from hospitals across the country. The app is also very useful for healthcare givers to provide critical lifesaving equipment equitably. This gives last mile access to quality healthcare available at your fingertips!
Adwaith Vudayaraju : 7th grader from Delhi Public School, Nacharam, Hyderabad, India.
Hita Thota : 9th grader from Harker High School, San Jose, California, USA.
Prisha Susanne Sunkavalli : 8th grader from Chirec International School, Kondapur, Hyderabad, India.
Uma Iyer : 9th grader from Delhi Public School, Khajaguda, Hyderabad, India.
Yukta Raghavendra Hunasgi : 7th grader from Phoenix Greens.
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