The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India invites applications for the Grand Challenge for the COVID Vaccine Intelligent Network.
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.
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 the public in general.
To harness the talent and innovative ideas of new startups / new technology specialists, Grand Challenge is organized in a phase-wise manner. On this line of thought, Phase-I of this challenge envisages strengthening 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 problem statement provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare includes seven (07) areas of focus and technology development for charting out an effective mechanism of the CoVID Vaccine Distribution System.
- How to achieve a High Adherence rate from front line Health workers (ANM, ASHA, AWW, and any other health workers deployed for line listing) for CoWIN application.
- How to ensure portability across the country to account for travel/migration between vaccination sessions and across geography.
- How to ensure that Vaccine Transportation is as per the route plan and safe.
- How to have system generated Queue management and social distancing at Vaccination session sites.
- How to report AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunization) and AESI (Adverse Event of Special Interest) using a system.
- How to have a comprehensive & innovative Learning Management System and dynamic learning support for COVID management.
- Development of Logistic Management Information System for end-to-end logistic, supply chain, and inventory management of vaccine.
|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|
- The Indian Tech start-ups, MSMEs, Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships(LLPs) registered in India under the Companies Act can apply.
- The entity must have 51% or more shareholding with Indian citizen or person of Indian origin. The applicant’s entity should not be a subsidiary company of any foreign corporation.
- Further to encourage participation from academia and industry, participating teams not mandatorily registered as Companies/ startups/ MSMEs/ LLPs can also apply for the Grand Challenge for Strengthening CoWIN.
- However, the teams making it to Stage-2 will be required to apply for registration as Indian Startups/ Company/ MSMEs/ LLPs.
- It will be expected that by the time of selection at the final stage, necessary registration has been completed.
How to Apply?
Interested candidates can register for the challenge by clicking here. The last date to register is January 15, 2021.
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