To support a data-driven response to the coronavirus pandemic, America is looking for better ways to capture covid-19 diagnostic data, standardize that data, and report key data elements efficiently and accurately. The Department of Health and Human Services is inviting everyone to be part of the solution by developing technical innovations to help fight covid-19.

The Covid-19 At-Anywhere Diagnostics Design-a-thon is a virtual technology sprint using covid-19 Innovation and open data to:

  • Improve speed, utility, and comprehensiveness of diagnostic data collection and use
  • Develop user-friendly, integrated software and digital health tools to overcome the challenges of at-anywhere testing
  • Facilitate the capture, harmonization, and secure transmission of key data elements to public health authorities, healthcare providers, and patients.

The Covid-19 At-Anywhere Diagnostics Design-a-thon brings together all sectors to build digital solutions for data capture, harmonization, and reporting from covid-19 diagnostic tests.

Goals for the Design-a-Thon

The Covid-19 At-Anywhere Diagnostics Design-a-thon launched November 9, 2020 with two goals:

  • Foster public-private development of combined software-hardware covid-19 diagnostics.
  • Launch an interface that exemplifies critical design principles and provides device/systems-agnostic “docking” between HHS Protect and various reporting systems, called “Wireless Automated Transmission for Electronic Reporting Systems (WATERS).”

For more information, visit the HHS Diagnostics Design-a-thon page