Using Ona Data for
Covid-19 Rapid Response

Covid-19 world map

The Covid-19 pandemic has been linked to more than one hundred thousand deaths and millions of known infections, touching nearly every country on the planet. To help organizations quickly scale an effective and reliable response, we’ve compiled a list of Rapid Response Scenarios that use Ona Data to help groups make better informed decisions. You and your team can apply these scenarios immediately to both the direct response of Surveilling / Preventing / Diagnosing / Treating the virus, and to your secondary response addressing Covid-19’s impact on the health and well-being challenges beyond the pandemic.

Covid-19 Direct Response

  • Surveilling
    • Case management: use Ona Data to track and follow-up on those tested for Covid-19
    • Crowdsource information: let users report their health and how the pandemic is affecting them locally, e.g. what’s open, what’s available, and what’s safe
    • Anticipating demand: track where symptoms occur and know how to staff health facilities
  • Preventing
    • Communicate behavior change: send targeted messages on handwashing, social distancing, symptom guidance, and patient education
    • Supply chain management: map, track, and forecast stocks and demand for medicine, diagnostic kits, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other equipment (e.g. ventilators)
  • Diagnosing
    • Laboratory set up: store test results and share with your response team
    • Results notification: automatically notify patients their results are available
  • Treating
    • No-touch and telepresence: have field health workers track data for remote monitoring, community screening, referals to health facilities, and contact tracing
    • Repurpose existing health workers: use form-based guidance to retrain and accelerate remote triage and consultation
    • Check-ins with GPS: track the mental and physical well-being of patients and of your healthcare teams with daily check-ins

Covid-19 Secondary Impact

As the world has rightly shifted its attention to Covid-19, this has rapidly changed the way we approach all our work. Organizations dedicated to child and maternal health, disaster response, education, and the environment now need to do their job without being able to travel to the field and without direct person-to-person contact. Although this situation is unprecedented, it’s important to focus on Understanding and Continuing, i.e. assessing the immediate needs to determine how to achieve the same goals you had pre-pandemic.

  • Understanding
    • Assess impact: quantify which of your interventions are being impacted and where to focus your efforts through “Rapid Assessment” toolkits using ODK surveys and data dashboards managed by your field-based teams.
  • Continuing
    • No-touch and telepresence: provide existing essential life-saving interventions via one-on-one calls with ongoing case management tracked in Ona Data.