With various apps and tools, IT manufacturers want to help governments, health authorities, and companies to curb the spread of the virus and limit the effects of the pandemic. Apart from a continuous reminder to use mouth-nose protection (kn95 mask buy) and other protective measures like proper handwashing, the use of corona apps could be a big help.

Coronavirus: trial of a mobile app to track infections

SAP has quickly switched to supporting the fight against the coronavirus. A software manufacturer in Germany developed an app for the return campaign launched by the German government for German vacationers back in March. After international air traffic almost came to a standstill, tens of thousands of German tourists were stuck in their vacation countries. In order to be able to plan and coordinate the return campaign, the stranded holidaymakers should enter a corresponding list on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

But the so-called Elefand list (electronic registration of Germans abroad) collapsed under the onslaught of people who wanted to register. The system was no match for the masses, as government officials had to admit. In order not to let the action fail, the Federal Foreign Office turned to SAP. It was about the ad hoc replacement of the existing web application, the new development, and deployment of the app and the operation by SAP. With the help of a globally organized team of temporarily over 40 colleagues in three time zones, it was possible to develop a corresponding UI5 app on the SAP Cloud Platform (SCP) during a night shift, the SAP managers reported. This app could be made available via weblink within 24 hours.

An exact view of the number of intensive care beds

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI eV), together with the analytics specialist SAS, has set up an information and forecasting platform that provides an overview of the inventory and needs free intensive beds with respirators. According to the manufacturer, the information system is able to create real-time transparency regarding the occupancy of the existing intensive care beds, and also allows predictions to be made about the required capacities. Authorities and clinics could adapt their resource allocation to anticipated needs in advance. According to the SAS, there is currently a major challenge in coordinating intensive care personnel and resources so that they are available exactly where and, above all, when they are needed.

Faster workflows with RPA

Automation Anywhere, a provider of robotic process automation (RPA), has announced solutions to empower governments, healthcare organizations, and businesses to develop remote working programs and ensure business continuity. For example, the manual processing of clinical case sheets by the World Health Organization (WHO) should be automated: For example, the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK uses the AI-based IQ bot from Automation Anywhere to extract important patient information from documents and Covid-19- Process cases quickly and precisely for the WHO.

Short-time worker app

In addition, there are a lot of apps to support authorities and companies in the corona crisis. Analytics specialist Alteryx, for example, developed the “KurzarbeitApp” together with the company M2 Technologie- und Projektberatung. This helps small and medium-sized companies to calculate the short-time work allowance for their employees more quickly. Companies with up to 500 employees could immediately determine the results for each individual employee and analyze the effects on the entire company. In addition, different scenarios could be compared to determine the best possible solution for companies and employees.