As the world moves closer to COVID-19 vaccine availability, governments and healthcare organizations will require developing flexible technology solutions/platforms across the entire gamut of vaccine inventory management, administration, appointment scheduling, notifications, outcome monitoring, and other necessary support for a frictionless distribution of billions of doses of vaccines around the country.
The Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) system, which provides real-time information on vaccine stocks and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in the country, is being enhanced to address the needs for distribution and tracking of COVID-19 vaccine.[Electronic Vaccine IntelligenceNetwork (eVIN) system is an internet-based digital system to track routine immunisation, vaccine stocks, storage temperature in about 25,000 dedicated cold chain storage points across the country as well as movement of vaccine.]
This CoWIN system will be a subset of COVID India Portal which provides end to end management of COVID19. Short note and technology stack of CoWIN system is appended as Annexure-I. Now governments and healthcare organizations also need to think beyond this and devise cost effective mechanisms using emerging technologies including AI and ML to manage COVID19, to check for better monitoring of vaccinated patients and public in general.
To harness the talent and innovative ideas of new startups / new technology specialists, Grand Challenge is organised in phase wise manner. On this line of thought, Phase-I of this challenge envisages to strengthen the CoWIN Network. This initiative may be further extended to Phase-II to find solutions with respect to different aspects of COVID 19 in the future.
The proposed Grand Challenge with seven (07) pre-identified problem statements tries to tackle challenges relating to infrastructure, monitoring and management information systems, constraints of human resources-including technical capacities, gaps identified in cold chain and vaccine logistics management, massive vaccination of citizen, effective monitoring mechanism for vaccinated population(for adverse effects and appropriate Covid 19 behavior).
These identified parameters will holistically address the likely limitations associated with complete and effective vaccine distribution system (VDS) and administering across the country.
Grand Challenge Implementation Mechanism
1. The applications would be scrutinized initially. Based on the initial scrutiny, top 25 applicants from each thrust area will pitch their solutions before a Jury comprising of experts in the area of IT and Health/ Immunization etc. especially constituted to adjudicate the contestants.
2. The Jury would shortlist the top 05 applicants from each thrust area who will be provided the CoWIN APIs for showing the efficacy of their respective solutions for possible integration with the CoWIN platform. Each shortlisted applicant for the said activity will be rewarded with Rs. 2 Lakh each for covering their Logistical needs.
3. The solutions as integrated with the CoWIN platform through open APIs will again be assessed by the Jury. Prior to this, STQC and iCERT will be entrusted to perform functional/ scalability/security testing of the solutions.
4. Subsequent to the successful migration of the solution on the cloud on which the CoWIN is hosted, in addition to it being successful integration with CoWIN the Jury will select top 2 contestants from each thrust area. Top 2 contestant from initial six areas will be rewarded with Rs. 30 Lakh and 10 Lakh respectively and for 7th thrust area top 2 contestant will be rewarded with Rs. 50 lakhs and 25 lakhs.
|1.||Logistics support to top 5 applicants at Rs.2 Lakhs each||70 Lakhs (for 7 Thrust Areas)|
|2.||Top 2 Winners in First 6 Thrust Areas at Rs. 30 Lakh and Rs. 10 Lakh respectively||240 Lakhs(for 6 Thrust Areas)|
|3.||Top 2 Winners for 7th Thrust Area – Logistic Management Information System at Rs. 50 Lakh and Rs. 25 Lakh respectively||75 Lakhs|