If disasters were to be ranked, then perhaps no disaster is equivalent to the magnitude of the one that is hovering over the world now, given Covid 19. Hence, the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has belted out technology solutions to manage the impact of the situation.
“The three major technology implementations being done at our department are – Unified Covid-19 Portal, Real-time Data Collection and Monitoring Tool, and Crowd Sourcing Monitoring Tool for KPME (Karnataka Private Medical Establishments) and pharmacy and drug stores for proactive reporting on ILI (Influenza-Like Illness) and SARI (Severe Acute Respiratory Infections) cases,” says Manoj Rajan, Commissioner, Karnataka Disaster Management Authority and Special Secretary to Government of Karnataka.
The Unified Covid-19 Portal (covid19.karnataka.gov.in) consolidates all information related to Covid-19 in one place. It contains information on Covid related statistics, fake news busters, messages, mobile phone apps, helpline numbers, state war room analysis, and clinical centers. This portal has a real-time dashboard giving an analysis of data and information about positive, discharged, and deceased patients along with travel history, gender analysis, etc. It gets periodic updates from the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Information and Public Relation, State Disaster Management Authority, and the state war room.
The Karnataka government has come up with a real-time data collection technology framework using which information indexed at various levels including the state, district, town, panchayat, and village or ward can be collated, analyzed, and forecasted using the latest data science and geographical models. This real-time information deciphering helps in quick and time-bound decision making when it is racing against time to contain the spread of the virus.