CHALLENGES

Healthcare organizations in Israel and around the globe have announced coronavirus-related challenges. See a curated list of these challenges below.

Number

Category

Challenge 

Description

Organization

Timeframe

Country

Challenge link

1

COVID-19 Dynamic Routine

Providing services in the community in accordance with changing guidelines

o Enterprise-level, real-time information management tools and updates for the various medical teams and care providers
o Dynamic queue management for clinics, ideally with pre-triage capabilities based on risk segmentation
o Tools for Tracking / support / adherence, both for communication with the patient and for communication between the different relevant departments within the healthcare provider
o Integrated tools for ongoing patient journey management

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Routine Maintenance

Israel

2

COVID-19 Dynamic Routine

Dynamic logistics, conveyance, and inventory management

COVID-19 has highlighted the need for efficient back-office operations and administration within hospitals. Logistics, conveyance, and inventory management is one aspect of management that can create clear bottlenecks if not properly addressed.
o Systems for monitoring, optimizing, and managing inventory, ideally including real-time tracking
o Means to optimize physical distribution and delivery of goods and equipment within hospital compound, while maintaining appropriate sanitation

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Routine Maintenance

Israel

3

COVID-19 Dynamic Routine

Providing services for at-risk populations and the chronically ill

Populations at risk and chronically ill patients are currently receiving less treatment for fear of contracting a virus. It is therefore necessary to provide remote treatment and monitoring for these populations groups (e.g. Diabetics, the elderly, cardiovascular problems, respiratory problems, oncology)
o Remote monitoring
o Information management and dissemination
o Critical metrics based on COVID-19 protocols

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Routine Maintenance

Israel

4

Anti-microbial & Antiviral Surfaces for Food Packaging

Coatings or materials to prevent bacteria (non-silver ion based) and viruses from surviving on the surface of food packaging materials, primarily flexible films, but also including corrugate, paperboard, and rigid plastics.

Mondelēz International is seeking solutions for coatings or materials that will prevent bacteria (non-silver ion based) and viruses from surviving on the surface of food packaging materials, primarily flexible films, but also including corrugate, paperboard, and rigid plastics. The solution must be able to reach commercial scale, be sourced in multiple geographies, and be able to integrate with current flexible and paper packaging conversion factories. Some of the key technical considerations are:
• Stability of the coating/material to survive the supply chain
• Efficacy over time and after multiple touch points in distribution and by the end consumer
• Proven to be safe for use in direct or indirect contact with food
• Antimicrobials and antiviral to pass ISO22196 & ISO21702 test protocol respectively.
To apply- Horsky Gil gil.horsky@mdlz.com

Mondelēz International

Routine Maintenance

USA

5

Internal Communication and Knowledge Sharing

Ensure security and respond to crisis situations.

The purpose of the NATO Innovation Challenge is to tap into the minds of innovative people and teams to find more effective and efficient ways for NATO, and other response organizations, to ensure security and respond to crisis situations.

NATO Innovation Challenge

Crisis Management (active waves)

US

6

Hospital Environment

Projects to face COVID-19 in partnership with the innovation ecosystem.

Nexa Resources, through its Mining Lab initiative, joins Votorantim Institute and the Beneficência Portuguesa Hospital of São Paulo to develop projects to face COVID-19 in partnership with the innovation ecosystem.
The two challenges proposed seek to find solutions on two crucial themes to contain the pandemic. The first one called “Data Science in the Public Administration to strengthen the fight against COVID-19" aims to develop solutions that support small towns and cities to reduce the spread of the virus and face the crisis more efficiently. The second challenge: “Safeguarding Professionals in a Hospital Environment” aims to guarantee proper working conditions to ensure the availability of these professionals to serve the population, considering that they are continually exposed to the risk of contamination. Thus, the preservation of their health. and continuity of action on the front line are essential to combat Covid-19.
http://www.mininglab.com.br/

Nexa Resources, Instituto Votorantim and Beneficência Portuguesa

Crisis Management (active waves)

Brazil

7

Training and tutorials dealing with the Corona

Technological means for remote monitoring of laboratory and medical tests

• Reducing touch-points between lab and departments while maintaining accuracy of results and information

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

8

Trainings and tutorials dealing with the Corona

Tutorials and training for a wide range of medical teams

• Training the medical staff on what treatments each patient should receive
• Real-time training of staff on updated protocols and treatment best practices
• Training on how to communicate with patients and their family members
• Training the staff on safety measures and maintaining a sterile space between the medical team.
• Training on new procedures
• How to work with new equipment

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

9

Unique services for high-risk populations

Remote scheduling and initial pre-diagnosis triage for patients

• Method for prioritizing patient scheduling based on exposure risk - ideally implemented to existing systems

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

10

Unique services for high-risk populations

Remote and ongoing monitoring/observation of chronic patients

• Methods for continuous monitoring of patient vitals based on their clinical situation

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

11

Unique services for high-risk populations

Receiving medical care outside of hospital/ clinic settings for high-risk patients

• Receiving dialysis treatment at home •Treatment for Oncology patients

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

12

Quarantine Care (hospital & home)

Remote monitoring of clinical metrics relevant to corona virus protocols (at home, in the community, in temporary care facilities…)

• Remote Stethoscope for monitoring of COVID-19 patients • Means to measure vital signs remotely that can be adjusted based on COVID-19 protocols

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

13

Quarantine Care (hospital & home)

Equipment for critical patients (such as ventilators)

• Equipment necessary to support patients in critical conditions
• Accessory equipment/devices/tools to manage critical care of patients

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

14

Wellbeing and Mental Health

Remote means to improving mental well-being and stress management

• Mental health solutions for quarantined/isolated patients
• Mental health solutions for caregivers of quarantined/isolated patients

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

15

Unique services for high-risk populations

Maintaining current health status of patients and preventing deterioration at home (e.g., remote rehabilitation and monitoring)

• Tools and methods for remote rehabilitation of patients (all types)
• Methods for continuous monitoring of patient activity/vital signs/biomarkers

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

16

Wellbeing and Mental Health

Creating an dynamic daily schedule for hospitalized patients (Corona and other)

• Means to develop and/or disseminate relevant content for hospitalized patients and ones in isolation (exercise, lectures, games, chat, etc.…)

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

17

Internal Communication and Knowledge Sharing

Knowledge sharing platform for lessons learned and best practices regarding COVID-19 treatment

• Tools that allow peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange in real time
• Tools that allow to share and convey process/procedure updates to all relevant entities in real time

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

18

Early diagnosis and detection of COVID-19

Remote triage of suspected individuals

• Non-invasive COVID-19 tests for large amounts of people at the same time.
• Methods to administer assessment of Corona exposure risk for wide population

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

19

Early diagnosis and detection of COVID-19

Evaluation of exposure to corona virus, and potential alerting, before diagnosis

• Remote means of operating equipment (respirators/ventilators/etc..)
• Reducing touch-points between lab and departments while maintaining accuracy of results and information

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

20

Operations and Logistics

Protecting medical staff while maintaining best practices for equipment, operations, and providing care: • Remote means of operating equipment (respirators/ventilators/etc..) • Reducing touch-points between lab and departments while maintaining accuracy of results and information

• Remote means of operating equipment (respirators/ventilators/etc..)
• Reducing touch-points between lab and departments while maintaining accuracy of results and information

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

21

Operations and Logistics

Creating and maintaining a sterile and protected work environment (hospitals, clinics, temporary care facilities, etc…)

• Protective equipment & clothing for medical staff - easy to wear, easy to operate with (temperature, durability, flexibility, visibility….)
• Means for reducing risk of infection during invasive procedures (IV, Intubation, etc…)
• Remote operation of equipment (monitors, I.V. sets, ventilation machines…)
• Improving Sterilization of hands and person, including for family members of medical staff
• Improving ability to access refreshments (water) while wearing protective gear
• Alternative means for procuring or producing hand sanitizers for hospital use

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

22

Operations and Logistics

Transfer equipment and patients in an efficiently and safe way:
• Efficient transportation of equipment into isolated areas
• Decreasing exposure of new/unused equipment to non-sterile environments
• Sterilization of common areas (hallways, staff rooms, entrances)

• Efficient transportation of equipment into isolated areas
• Decreasing exposure of new/unused equipment to non-sterile environments
• Sterilization of common areas (hallways, staff rooms, entrances)

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

23

Public guidance and preventative care

Providing relevant information to the right person at the right time (with demographic considerations)

• Aggregating all relevant information into one source (governmental, local, medical, etc…)
• Means for defining target “audience” based on hierarchies, tags, groupings, rules, etc… and disseminating pertinent information in a timely manner

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

24

Internal Communication and Knowledge Sharing

Improving communication between various departments and medical teams regarding patient care

• Tool to share knowledge and lessons learned between hospitals/departments facing similar challenges

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

25

Internal Communication and Knowledge Sharing

Tools for improving communication between the clinical staff and isolated patients within the hospital/medical center

• Tools that allow for interpersonal communication between clinical staff and isolated patients, at high audio quality, Simulating a patient-doctor relationship

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

26

Internal Communication and Knowledge Sharing

Tools to improve communication between clinical staff and patients/families at home (Corona and non-Corona patients)

• A communication tool between the hospitalized patients (Corona and non corona) families to the medical staff to receive medical and mental updates.

Cross-organizations (multiple health organizations)

Crisis Management (active waves)

Israel

27

Data science for social impact

Breakthrough ideas that harness the power of data science to help people and communities thrive especially in the wake of COVID-19’s economic impact

As part of our commitment to building the field of data science for social impact, data.org has launched a $10 million data.org Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge.

Any strong and growing economy requires an inclusive and resilient approach to growth to ensure that talent, innovation, and our communities can become stronger in times of stress. By tapping into the expertise of a broad pool of thinkers and doers, we aim to catalyze innovative and scalable solutions to help individuals and communities thrive, all the while building resilience to withstand future challenges.

We recognize that the COVID-19 global pandemic is affecting our society in profound ways and will require new and innovative approaches. Beyond the impacts on public health, the COVID-19 crisis is likely to have severe economic repercussions. Supply chains are being disrupted, businesses are suffering losses, workers are facing unemployment, and too many people lack the savings or credit to weather an economic downturn.

We are seeking inclusive growth proposals from and for anywhere in the world. We are particularly interested in the areas listed below – but welcome other proposals for using data science to advance shared prosperity, and help ensure an inclusive recovery.

data.org

Routine Maintenance

Worldwide

CoronaTech
Israel

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