Solution Overview

Solution Name:

Traack

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

One-line solution summary:

IoT powered mobile app to track essential supplies inventory during pandemic across the boundaries of hospitals

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Pitch your solution.

One of the roadblocks in providing rapid response during pandemic situation is the gap between the number of infected people and the supplies hospital has. Due to this, doctors are forced to decide whom to save. What if the hospital where patient is getting treated is out of supplies but another hospital which is just 2 miles away has an additional ICU bed or a ventilator. We can save a life. My idea is to build an app to track supplies of these essentials across the boundaries of hospitals. This app will also make use of ML to predict the possible need in near future. IoT sensors can be used to reduce manual counting of supplies reducing additional work load. This app will also provide an easy way to request and donate these supplies. This app has only one motive - Let's save some lives 

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

What specific problem are you solving?

Only with COVID-19 situation, there are more than 2.5 million people suffering all over the globe and the number is increasing daily. There are 800 thousand people only in USA. The problem I am trying to solve it global and not related to any geography. It's for human race, for all of us. Providing rapid response is critical factor in saving a life and each life is important. We have to fight and win this war against viruses like COVID-19 together. There is no one country, state, city or hospital which needs to fight this. We all are one team. If we share the list of essential supplies across the boundaries of hospitals then we can save a life. Remember that one ICU bed, one ventilator, one PPE can make a significant impact. The app I am developing can be deployed and used globally 

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

What is your solution?

My solution is to build a simple mobile app to track the supplies across the boundaries of hospitals. You can simply login and check which hospitals are having supplies that you are looking for. If your patient needs a ventilator and your hospital doesn't have it, you can login to see nearby hospitals which has it and we will be able to save a life. This App will get your current location and suggest you nearby hospitals. It also provides a google map for easy and quick navigation. You can add your hospitals and track supplies with a very simple to use interface which won't need any training. Machine Learning algorithm can be used to predict the supply need. You can request and donate PPEs using this app. IoT sensors can be used to track some of the equipments easily without human interaction.Technologies I have used are Flutter for mobile app development, ML for prediction, IoT sensors for tracking some of the supplies, firebase as back end database 

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Who does your solution serve, and in what ways will the solution impact their lives?

I read an article during COVID-19 in NY times that soon doctors will be forced to take a decision on who can receive a medical treatment due to the gap between number of patients and the supplies they have. This news was really heartbreaking and raised many questions in my mind. I realized that the current systems have put strong boundaries between hospitals and each hospital is fighting this battle separately which is not going to work. We all need to unite if we need to win. My solution (App) won't solve the entire problem but will serve as an effective tool for entire humanity during pandemic situation. This app will give a handy and easy tool which will help them during our fight with pandemic. This will help hospitals to understand which other hospitals have the supplies they need and they can take a better decision to move the patient there to save a life. 

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Explain how the problem, your solution, and your solution’s target population relate to the Challenge.

My app will serve as an easy tool which can be used by hospitals to respond effectively during pandemic situations. Targeted users of this app are hospitals and medical staff and entire humanity will be benefited. One of the critical factors in ensuring success during pandemics is to control the spread. In order to control the spread, it's very important to ensure affected people are getting right medical treatment on time. With this app, we will make sure that we are optimally using all the supplies we have across the hospitals which may result in controlling the pandemic  

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

In what city, town, or region is your solution team headquartered?

Nashville, TN, USA
Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

What is your solution’s stage of development?

Prototype: A venture or organization building and testing its product, service, or business model

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Who is the primary delegate for your solution?

Gaurav Pilay

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.
More About Your Solution

If you have additional video content that explains your solution, provide a YouTube or Vimeo link here:

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Which of the following categories best describes your solution?

A new application of an existing technology

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Describe what makes your solution innovative.

I am focusing on process innovation using existing technologies. Innovation is in the way we currently operate and fight during pandemic situations. This app make use of streaming database which help us to post the data changes to users without needing them to logout or refresh. Use of Machine learning algorithms to predict the probable need of supplies and using IoT sensors to track the supplies make this solution innovative and unique

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Describe the core technology that powers your solution.

  1. Flutter for mobile app development 
  2. Firebase for server-less database
  3. Machine Learning regression models for prediction 
  4. Raspberry-pi as IoT sensors for tracking supplies 
Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Provide evidence that this technology works.

My app uses existing technologies which are proven platforms. Here are some of the links to these platforms 

  1. https://flutter.dev/ - Flutter 
Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Please select the technologies currently used in your solution:

  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning
  • Internet of Things
  • Software and Mobile Applications
Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

What is your theory of change?

With use of this app, hospitals won't be limited to the supplies they have to fight against pandemic. They won't be limited with the tools. They won't be alone. I am talking about uniting all the hospitals and consolidating the supplies to ensure we win this battle. Saving each life counts and is extremely important. Currently when a person needs a medical help, we route him / her to nearest hospital. This works in normal situations but not during pandemic. Routing to hospitals where there are supplies will increase the rate of our success. Easy interface for requesting and donating PPEs saves time and takes off the administrative headache.  

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Select the key characteristics of your target population.

  • Women & Girls
  • Pregnant Women
  • LGBTQ+
  • Infants
  • Children & Adolescents
  • Elderly
  • Rural
  • Peri-Urban
  • Urban
Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals does your solution address?

  • 3. Good Health and Well-Being
  • 17. Partnerships for the Goals
Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

In which countries do you currently operate?

  • United States
Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

In which countries will you be operating within the next year?

  • United States
Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

How many people does your solution currently serve? How many will it serve in one year? In five years?

This app is still in development phase. I am developing it alone for community during evenings and weekends and hence currently there are no users. Since this app will be used during pandemic situations, I am planning to roll it out quickly to help COVID-19 situation. 

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

What are your goals within the next year and within the next five years?

Here are my goals - 

  1. I want to develop this app free of charge for community. 
  2. Once I develop critical features of this app, I will try to reach higher leadership in my current organizations to see if they can donate it to some NPOs / hospitals as pro-bono work 
  3. I am planning to reach some hospitals in India as well to see if they want to use it
Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

What barriers currently exist for you to accomplish your goals in the next year and in the next five years?

The main barrier is about reaching to hospitals. Maintaining the correct data is extremely important for the success of this app and needs to be directed by hospital management. Contribution from all the hospitals is also very important to get the data. The biggest problem I need to solve right now is not the technology but marketing the platform infront of right people. I feel MIT Solve platform will be very effective and will help us to remove this barrier

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

How do you plan to overcome these barriers?

  1. Marketing solution using multiple social media platforms 
  2. Submitting solution in Hackathons / MIT Solve challenges 
  3. Reaching out to leadership team to see if they can donate this work to NPO / NGOs who can reach to hospitals 
Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.
About Your Team

What type of organization is your solution team?

Other, including part of a larger organization (please explain below)

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

If you selected Other, please explain here.

Currently I am the only one in team. I am developing this app for community in my free time. I do have a full time job and I won't be able to start my own business with this work. If this idea gets selected and if people see potential in it, I will search for a NPO and will donate this work free of charge. I would still be involved to make sure the NPO gets all the technical help. I am also planning to check with my current employer to see if they want to donate this pro-bono work

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

How many people work on your solution team?

One - Myself

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

How many years have you worked on your solution?

1 month

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Why are you and your team well-positioned to deliver this solution?

With 16+ years of experience in IT industry, I am sure that I can develop this end to end app. I have already completed 70% of the app and the video recording of the demo is available at - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEL5LEHoB90&t=3s

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

What organizations do you currently partner with, if any? How are you working with them?

None

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.
Your Business Model & Funding

What is your business model?

If this idea picks up and multiple hospitals enroll in this initiative, I may need some financial help to keep this app up and running. Since I am the only one developing this app and as I am doing it for community, I have no plans to earn profit out of it. Depending on the number of users, I am planning to reach big corporate like Deloitte, Google etc. to see if they can provide financial support for the app. 

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Do you primarily provide products or services directly to individuals, or to other organizations?

Individual consumers or stakeholders (B2C)

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

What is your path to financial sustainability?

  1. With help from my existing employer 
  2. With help from other big corporate like Google  
Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

If you have raised funds for your solution or are generating revenue, please provide details.

No, I have not raised any fund. All the development work is done by me, free of charge

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

If you seek to raise funds for your solution, please provide details.

If this idea picks up and multiple hospitals enroll in this initiative, I may need some financial help to keep this app up and running. Since I am the only one developing this app and as I am doing it for community, I have no plans to earn profit out of it. Depending on the number of users, I am planning to reach big corporate like Deloitte, Google etc. to see if they can provide financial support for the app. 

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

What are your estimated expenses for 2020?

It depends on the number of users of this app but I am expecting an operational expense of around $1000 / month. 

Development of this app is done by me for free so there are no expenses 

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.
Partnership & Prize Funding Opportunities

Why are you applying to Solve?

I always wanted to do something for community for the people in need. With the technical experience I have acquired during these years, I am confident that I can contribute and help solving some of the real world challenges. I am not looking for a monetary benefits, at least from this app and just want to help. COVID-19 has changed our definition of life, it has impacted the way we live, the way we operate. The world we are in right now is not the world we imagined 6 months back. With the skills I have, building a technology solution to help solving a problem is the least I can do. What will I get if my solution is selected? I will get satisfaction and will feel that all those evenings and nights I have spent for last 4 weeks are worth. I will feel more satisfied if I see people using it and using this app as a tool in our battle against pandemics

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

In which of the following areas do you most need partners or support?

  • Business model
  • Product/service distribution
  • Marketing, media, and exposure
Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Please explain in more detail here.

Success of this app resides in the number of people use it. Reaching to larger group and geographies is the only criteria for success. Hence I need some help in marketing, providing exposure to this app

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

What organizations would you like to partner with, and how would you like to partner with them?

  1. MIT Initiative 
  2. Deloitte / Google 
  3. Hospital chains 
Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for The Elevate Prize for Health Security?

No

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for the AI for Humanity Prize?

No

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for the Innovation for Women Prize?

No

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for the Andan Prize for Innovation in Refugee Inclusion?

No

Add a comment

Read comments
No comments to show.

Solution Team

 
    Back
to Top