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COVID-19 projects looking for volunteers

New or established projects helping with the COVID-19 crisis that need help. Volunteer yourself or create a new one. Sign up to volunteer.

  • 8 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Biomedical technicians (biomeds for short) are the repair experts at hospitals, and in many regions they are stretched thin. There are a wide variety of machines made by a number of different manufacturers at hospitals around the world, and there is no single resource for how to repair all of them. We don’t know how many machines will fail once hospitals are truly taxed. We don’t know which parts of those machines are most at risk.

    Some manufacturers heroically host service manuals for their equipment on their website, and some make them more challenging to locate. There is no single source of information for biomeds to access. Biomed forums are frequently populated with requests for specific PDF service manuals. The closest thing to a central resource is Frank’s Hospital Workshop, a fantastic website run out of Tanzania with hundreds of manuals and very helpful how-to resources for maintaining medical equipment. But Frank’s site is a one-person operation, and a single point of failure, should overwhelming traffic come calling.

    We’re going to change that. Our biomed technicians’ time is too precious to waste on internet Easter-egg hunts. iFixit is building a central resource for maintenance and repair of hospital equipment. We need help from fixers everywhere, medical professionals, and biomedical technicians to make sure this is as robust, relevant, and useful as possible.

    https://www.ifixit.com/News/36354/help-us-crowdsource-repair-information-for-hospital-equipment

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  • 7 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Designed in partnership with the NHS and UK Department of Health, the KwickScreen was created to improve infection control and reduce healthcare-acquired infections. Retractable, portable, and reusable screens.

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    We have a two-part COVID-19 medical helpline. First, our AI system digitally assesses a patient's need for medical attention. Then, those who likely have contracted the virus and who are put at great risk by it are automatically virtually connected with one of the physicians in our national network of medical professionals. The medical attention that the patient receives comes at no cost to the patient, because our system accepts Medicare and Medicaid.
    AI and telemedicine are the tools that we need to adopt in this pandemic. AI triages patients in order to allow medical professionals to maximize their time, while telemedicine takes the burden off of hospitals and allows people to receive care at home (reducing the spread of the disease).
    Anyone can access these medical resources at no cost to them. We firmly believe that our system can minimize disparities in healthcare availability.

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  • 399 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    **We are on a mission to connect the dots.
    A plan is underway to bridge information gaps that have been harming our ability to respond to the world-wide pandemic Covid-19. The information needed exists, the technology is capable. What's missing is the connection. An end-to-end global community of partners, contributors and supporters are joining forces to end silos and build a readily available stream of data to those who need it, when they need it.

    **We are building the first Covid-19 data ecosystem
    Many teams are building APIs around the globe. While that is helpful, more is truly needed. We are building a full circle data ecosystem where data owners, aggregators and users can easily share and access data across the world, covering multiple areas around cases, patient data and supplies. Combining a Cloud-based data lake and a set of open APIs, our crowdsourced project is aimed at unifying all current data gathering efforts around Covid-19, to help all the key stakeholders (hospitals, governments and manufacturers) make their critical life-saving decisions.

    >> Think of this as a grassroots initiative to drive data transparency across covid19 across the globe!

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  • 4/7 8AM CST Update - Team members still needed! Please connect by registering here and we'll setup intros shortly!

    FRONTEND & BACKEND HELP NEEDED
    UX/UI Who can project manage needed.

    ***Problem: COVID-19 Will Cause Staffing Shortages***
    ***Idea: Professionals have spare time to volunteer to hospitals***
    ***Solution: Website that connects professionals to hospitals in need***

    Our goal is to connect medical providers to hospitals with staffing shortages caused by COVID-19. Italy & France have shown us the importance of being able to increase hospital capacity quickly. In addition to nurses & doctors, facilities will need technicians, schedulers, admins, etc.

    We are building a centralized location where hospitals can request services, and anyone with a medical skillset can offer their time.

    ***Roadmap***
    With current projections, the largest strain on the healthcare system will come 2-4 weeks from today. To get ahead of the curve we are executing a version of the following plan -

    Week 1 - Build Intake for Volunteers & Hospitals (COMPLETE)
    Week 2 - Begin to Match Volunteers to Jobs (NEED HELP NOW)
    Week 3 - Continue enrollment & Run Support Operations
    Week 4 & Onward - Develop features facilities are asking for.

    We launched our beta targeted at physicians before the Coronavirus pandemic and can be viewed here: https://apollohct.com

    Tech & Non-Tech volunteers welcome. Together we can mitigate staffing shortages and save lives.

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  • 97 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Healthcare workers need our support to fight COVID-19. HospitalHero is an online platform that makes it easy for hospital workers to make requests for essential needs like meals, lodging, and medical supplies—and for volunteers to respond.

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  • 85 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Many laboratory test centers from developing countries are still doing manual inputs in their lab test results. Thus, health records management is less efficient and secure. In addition, the patients at times have to go the test centers just to pick up results.

    What if there is an available Laboratory Information System (LIS) that lab test centers can use for FREE that is secure and reliable? And their patients are able to check their results online without having to step out of the house?

    LabResults.org addresses these pain points which will be both beneficial to the lab test centers and the patients. Faster results and less physical contacts would help in the fight against COVID-19.

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  • flashpub.io is a startup that partners with specific research communities to accelerate discovery with smaller, faster research reports. We're launching an outbreak science community to rapidly publish and update spread models of COVID-19 at the city level and predict when cities may reach a tipping point in hospitalizations vs capacity. This project will help fill a critical missing information gap in modeling data at the city level that can be used to make resource allocation decisions. Model predictions for each city will be published and peer reviewed at outbreak.flashpub.io.

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  • 39 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    A free helpline given to charitable clinics that offers information to concerned patients, offers callbacks and links up to telemedicine services.

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  • 36 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Building a website that helps facilities manage capacity for COVID-19 patients. We have a UI that gathers information from healthcare workers who can verify details about facilities equipped to handle COVID-19 patients. This includes details like: address, phone number, bed count, available capacity, and testing capabilities. Right now we need input from nurses and doctors about what type of capacity they are able to handle and number of cases.

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  • 28 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Many doctors, nurses, medical students and retired healthcare professionals are currently stuck at home, either because they're on standby, self-isolating, or residing with a vulnerable family member. We wanted to give them a safe way to connect with people who need help with Coronavirus, and to reduce the pressure on overstretched hospitals and clinics.

    doc19.org allows volunteers to sign up to take video calls from anyone in the world with concerns or questions about COVID-19. When a visitor requests a call, they are connected to a waiting volunteer. Neither the volunteer nor the caller needs an app - it all works through their web browser. The volunteers help callers to access and understand guidance released by the CDC and other official sources.

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  • We are in the process of accumulating large amounts of data and resources to support larger demographies in the past few weeks and months. But how long these folks in rural and mountain communities need to wait for us?

    The challenge goal: Data-driven project coordination and policymaking
    In this six-month PWG, Omdena AI challenge with Fruitpunch AI, we aim to help rural and mountain community governments and policymakers to make data-driven decisions in order to deal with pandemics and cover some of the following topics.

    When travel is restricted, schools closed, events cancelled, and communities put into quarantine, individuals and businesses in those ecosystems lose their source of income. How does that loss of income impact the health and financial stability of those individuals? What resources are in place currently that supports their needs and growing demands in areas of health, and food security.

    What we will build
    Leveraging the power of global collaboration, the goal is to build AI models that reveal the effects of specific programs and policy decisions being made by governments and institutions on the economically marginalized, especially working in the informal sector.

    In this way, institutions can identify the most effective ways to deal with future pandemics to minimize economic impact and human deaths not only in the short term but also in the midterm.

    Why you should join the challenge
    For the next six months, you will not only build AI solutions to make a real-world impact but also go through an entire data science project lifecycle. This covers problem scoping, data collection and preparation, as well as modelling for potential deployment.

    And the best part is that you will be part of a global collaboration.

    Background Context:
    Mountain region and smaller communities in rural and small urban areas are more vulnerable now more than ever. This project will be conducted to understand and draw attention to alarming facts of the rural, small urban, and mountain communities during this epidemic pandemic #covid9 outbreak: as many of us are aware in 2012, 39 per cent of the mountain population in developing countries was considered vulnerable to food insecurity, which is an increase of 30% compared to the conditions of mountain peoples in the year 2000 studies.

    The situation is even worse if we consider only rural mountain peoples.
    The living conditions of mountain peoples have deteriorated and their vulnerability to hunger has increased. Harsh climates and the difficult, often inaccessible terrain, combined with political and social marginality certainly contribute to making mountain peoples particularly vulnerable to food shortages.

    In mountain areas, where family farming and smallholder agriculture, forestry and animal husbandry are the prevailing farming systems, it is essential to create a supportive, enabling environment in which mountain peoples have access to training, information, credit and healthcare, and benefit from reliable governance systems and infrastructure.

    Some Established Stats:
    Mountains cover 22 per cent of the world’s land surface and are home to some 915 million people, representing 13 per cent of the global population. Mountains also provide between 60 and 80 per cent of the earth’s freshwater. Yet, in spite of this global relevance, there is a dearth of data and information on the status of mountains and mountain peoples.

    Can we understand what is it to live in the mountain regions and smaller communities during these testing times? Can we understand more about these folks who are waiting for someone to appear and help them with tools and resources to keep themselves and their communities safe?

    In 2003, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) published “Towards a GIS-based analysis of mountain environments and populations”, a study that estimated mountain peoples’ vulnerability to food insecurity. What about Health, and Safety?

    The studies in the past were undertaken as a follow-up to the 2002 UN International Year of Mountains, has become a cornerstone of development efforts. It is used and quoted, for as a reference, requesting more investments, specific policies and global attention toward mountains.

    But how much do we know about these communities in these times? What can we do about it? How best can we equip them with resources and tools to protect themselves and their loved ones? We understand and see all countries have locked themselves in, what about these unfortunate folks who relied on larger players and the larger coalition of countries to help them? Can we spare some time and resources to work on these matters?

    We all love going to these mountains, smaller communities for several reasons and now they need us.

    I am the Founder of Project Work Groups - focussed to research and develop sustainable solutions in the mountain and rural regions globally. Proworkgroups.com is our webpage.
    My Twitter Handle: @tekiuday

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  • 22 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Goal is to build a map of hospitals with crowdsourced status reports so it's easy for the public to see where's getting overwhelmed at any time.

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  • COVID-19 self-assessment tool working directly with hospitals and public health authorities.

    We are the official screening application for Harris County and the City of Houston. Processing about ~10k screenings per day (and rising).

    Fort Bend County coming soon.

    We are reaching out to hospitals and other counties as fast as we can to integrate with their testing workflows. Also talking with BARDA about potential federal involvement.

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  • 18 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    For physicians to work at new places, they need to undergo a vetting system called credentialing, which usually takes months. Under current COVID-19 circumstances, many institutions are using Emergency Credentialing workflows to get doctors onboarded to their systems as quickly as possible. We have created a secure wallet for physicians to store their credentialing information, allowing streamlined sharing of this vital information to hospitals. (Saving hours for physicians and admin folks). This project will help get medical providers' boots on the ground ASAP at the hospitals that need them.

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  • We're building a website at www.coronawhatnow.com focused on helping people and businesses impacted by coronavirus.

    Examples:
    -Food banks (individual sites or directories)
    -Financial aid
    -Elderly grocery shopping hours and delivery
    -Healthcare (shelter in place info, testing like Verily Baseline, etc)

    This info is currently scattered across the Internet and we're aggregating it in one place.

    It's hosted on Github using markdown so anyone with spare time can be helpful (https://github.com/coronawhatnow/coronawhatnow.com).

    We can use your help, join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronawhatnow!

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  • 14 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    CovidCareMap.org aims to map existing and forecasted health system capacity gaps (beds, staffing, ventilators, supplies) to care for surging numbers of COVID19 patients (especially ICU-level care) at high spatiotemporal resolution (by facility, daily, all USA to start).

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  • Our goal is to subsidize or make free all emergency requests going through our app, for COVID19 patients and people aged 60 years and older.
    I woke up one morning, only to find out my wife's uncle is dead from COVID19. This project is to build an app to alert nearby hospitals or paramedics with a push of a button. On one hand, you see someone sneeze or cough, you click the button and paramedics or hospitals accept request to know your exact pick up location on the other hand. If the person is eligible, we will route them to the appropriate testing facility based on their location. Grants will be needed to cover cost each time an ambulance transports a patient

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  • We need to awaken government officials to the potential for negative ions to greatly lessen the prospects of airborne/droplet transmission within healthcare facilities. Research studies exist which hint of great potential. Simply stated, negative ions in the air can cause microorganisms to drop to the ground and reduce the potential for them to be inhaled. Health care facilities would be in particular need of anything which can lessen the chances of this form of transmission.

    All we need to do is contact government officials at all levels and demand that they investigate the potential of this concept and, if they find great merit and benefit, rush negative ion generators into production by whatever means possible. The hard part is to get anyone in government to listen.

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  • Hospitals and the people who staff them need our help with supplies, childcare and moral support. This project is a portal to collect both what is needed and what the community has to provide. By bootstrapping off of public data we can create order among the chaos.

    A (largely non-functional) site is up at https://hospital.community/

    Github: https://github.com/newhouseb/hospitalcommunity/

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  • We need to awaken government officials to the potential for the mass distribution of specially designed, reusable, durable gloves or grippers which have an exterior surface which kills viruses virtually on contact. Such surfaces have been in existence for many years, but they were intended to be placed on individual objects. With these gloves, if a person went from a gas pump handle to a door handle to a bar code scanner and so forth, there would be virtually no risk of transferring a virus between each touched object. Any virus which adheres to the glove would be dead! Furthermore, if the wearer accidentally touched his or her own glove, there would be virtually no risk of getting infected. End result: a greatly reduced level of Covid-19 contact transmission. All we need to do is contact government officials at all levels and demand that they investigate the potential of this concept and, if they find great merit and benefit, rush it into production by whatever means possible. The hard part is to get anyone in government to listen.

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  • 8 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    An early warning system which maps local symptoms, deliveries test kits to high probable cases, and notifies health professionals of emergent symtomology and COVID cases so they can have more time to prepare a response in their area

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    A team of data scientists, engineers, and designers in partnership with epidemiologists, and public health officials built a tool [https://covidactnow.org/] designed to spur state and local governments into action to arrest the spread of the coronavirus.

    This tool was built to enable political leaders to quickly make decisions in their Coronavirus response informed by best available data and modeling. It is now being used by government and covid response leaders to answer critically important questions such as:

    - What will the impact be in my region be and when can I expect it?
    - How long until my hospital system is under severe pressure?
    - What is my menu of interventions, and how will they address the spread of Coronavirus?
    One critical request is from a federal government agency hoping to use this model and some of the presentation elements to help coordinate crisis response efforts (i.e. where to send masks).

    The platform is also being extended to support government agencies, medical device manufacturers, and front-line health providers plan for and respond to covid.

    **We are requesting full-time+ help from experienced leaders in engineer, UX, data science, and scalable support system design**

    You can see a full list of job descriptions here:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D6Ni9kaaB7o9Tw-Lwrk3UyziGnCTxteMdmNRfkrhWUg/edit?usp=sharing

    Please fill out this form if you have full-time availability over the next week.

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  • With the unprecedented number of COVID-19 infections on a global scale, chest X-rays has now become an important screening tool alongside viral testing in countries that are most affected by COVID-19, with key advantages being: i) speed, ii) widespread availability (including portable X-ray systems), ii) provides useful information for risk assessment, which one cannot obtain from viral testing.

    The goal of the COVID-Net initiative is to accelerate the open collaborative development of deep learning AI solutions for COVID-19 infection detection and risk stratification, with AI explanations to gain transparency into visual indicators of COVID-19. We have provided not only COVIDx, a large dataset of over 16,000 images across over 13,000 patient cases, but also open source reference models trained on this dataset so that the global community can built upon and improve.

    By leveraging deep learning AI with COVID-Net, we aim to help clinicians improve both sensitivity and specificity by better differentiate COVID-19 infections from other forms of viral infections, which is a current challenge faced given their similarities, as well as assist clinicians with additional knowledge about how COVID-Net detects COVID-19 infections through AI explanations. Furthermore, we aim to build deep learning AI for risk stratification to aid hospitals and clinical sites to help improve patient population management and individualized care based on risk level.

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  • 7 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Recognizing the need for collaborative cross-functional solutions to the Covid-19 situation, a group of Entrepreneurship & Management Professors from Indiana University have adapted the “idea sprint” process -- used by today’s most innovative firms -- to help surface and accelerate ideas focused on helping our community navigate this virus.

    The first idea sprint weekend took place on March 20-22. Over 200 entrepreneurs, technologists, engineers, MDs, VCs, professors, students) from around the world came together to surface ideas and get them to the basic prototype stage by the end of the weekend. "By design, the event was fast and furious – it all took place over just a weekend -- Ideas were related to tech applications, social distancing products/service, remote working, community interventions, health outreach, repurposing of facilities/resources, etc -see link).

    The goals of the program include expanding awareness of the many pain points associated with the virus outbreak and response, championing collective efforts to develop solutions, and if viable orchestrating a collective response through social entrepreneurship and volunteerism.

    We are currently considering future "idea sprints" and we are encouraging other institutions to take our model and launch similar programs with their network of technologists, alumni, students, professors, and other supporters.

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