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.
Phase – I of Grand Challenge
Phase – I Problem Statements
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 CoVID Vaccine Distribution System.
|Sr. No||Problem Statement||Description||Example 1||Example 2|
|1.||How to achieve High Adherence rate from front line Health workers (ANM, ASHA, AWW and any other health workers deployed for line listing) for CoWIN application||Last mile Health Care workers will use CoWIN as vaccinator or surveyor which requires data entry in Mobile application. If Front line worker like ASHA, ANM, ASHA, AWW and any other health workers deployed for line listing, is not very tech savvy in data entry in mobile app then data quality and adherence rate will be a challenge and hence there is a need to build in a solution that ensures ease of data entry and minimizes the errors that may come in.||High end OCR (Optical Character Reader) technology wherein front-line worker can click photographs of forms which will auto populate data|
High end Voice to Text API can be utilized to convert voice command into text. This can be used for Survey, Vaccination, and relevant module.
How to ensure portability across the country to account for travel/migration between vaccination sessions and across geography.
Current CoWIN module facilitates deduplication only through Aadhaar Authentication in Online environment, and does not have Aadhaar, Accurate deduplication is difficult.then Build solutions that can ensure de-duplication with alternate means.
|Face recognition mechanism to register beneficiary and tracking at the time of vaccination.||Biometric devices which can work in online and offline environment for identification|
|3.||How to ensure that Vaccine Transportation is as per the route plan and safe.|
Vaccine route plans are prepared and followed however there is no real time geo tracking and geo fencing mechanism to monitor vaccine transportation and to monitor real time temperature of vaccines during transportation.Build solutions that can map the Vaccine Routes on a GIS platform and can integrate with the actual movement and inventory management.
|Installing Geo tracking and Geo fencing devices in Vaccine Vans and other transportation mode and linking APIs for monitoring on CoWIN||Real time Temperature Monitoring is currently done at storage stage and not at transportation stage. Battery operated Loggers linked through APIs may provision real time monitoring during vaccine transportation. |
|4.||How to have system generated Queue management and social distancing at Vaccination session sites.||Queue management at the session site will be essential to ensure Social Distancing and minimum waiting and turnaround time for Beneficiary. For this purpose, using technology for queue management with Token generation, time allocation, social distancing mechanism, etc. will be important.||Assigning digital token to beneficiary at session site.||Social distancing and queue management using ICT, Bluetooth technology, Video analytics, etc.|
|5.||How to report AEFI (Adverse Event Following Immunization) and AESI (Adverse Event of Special Interest) using a system ||In case of any Adverse Event Following Immunization, reporting and monitoring mechanism can be inbuilt into the system. ||Surveillance and monitoring of any AEFIs and AESIs.||Provision of self-reporting of any AEFIs and AESIs. |
|6.||How to have a comprehensive & innovative Learning Management System and dynamic learning support for COVID management|
More than 2.5 Lakh frontline Health workers like ANMs. are expected to use the CoWIN application.
It is important to leverage innovative multi-channel learning modalities for the same.Training of various functionaries at various levels – village, panchayat, blocks, subdivision, district, State and National levels.
|Multi-media & multi- channel LMS with on-demand training, WhatsApp based, etc. ||Two-way interaction of end users and capacity building team with Chat-box, call centres and other modes. |
|7.||Development of Logistic Management Information System for end to end logistic, supply chain and inventory management of vaccine |
Intelligent and smart solution for end to end logistic management considering the newer requirements of last mile coverage reporting, comprehensive cold chain monitoring (including transportation, storage, etc.).Big data analytics for forecasting, inventory planning, reporting, smart procurement and contract management.
|Intelligent end to end procurement to consumption system with real time planning and monitoring system|
Smart plug-ins for vehicle tracking, cold storage point monitoring, etc.
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.
Awards & Recognition
|1.||Logistics support to top 5 applicants at Rs.2 Lakhs each||70 Lakhs (for 7 Thrust
|2.||Top 2 Winners in First
6 Thrust Areas at Rs. 30 Lakh and Rs. 10 Lakh respectively||240 Lakhs(for 6 Thrust
|3.||Top 2 Winners for 7th
Thrust Area – Logistic Management Information System at Rs. 50 Lakh and Rs. 25
Lakh respectively||75 Lakhs|
The rights for the resultant IPR that is created or
developed or otherwise resulting directly or indirectly from the winner of the
challenge will rest with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Government of India.
For further leveraging the solutions, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare will
at its discretion can further provision the said IP to any entity/country
engaged in distribution or management of Covid-19 related vaccine delivery or
handling and treatment of Covid 19 pandemic. The IPR rights for the solution
provisioned by the challenge winner(s) will rest with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Government of India. However, the base IP
on which the dedicated solution for CoWIN has been developed by the challenge
winner will still rest with the original winner of the said IP and it can be
used for purposes other than covid-19 related applications.
The data generated in the process of using the shortlisted challenges will be treated as per the provision of the existing legal framework/provisions of the country and will rest with the control of CoWIN Platform.
The Indian Tech start-ups, MSMEs, Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships(LLPs) registered in India under 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 . However, the teams making it to the 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.
Contact Details for form filling and Submission
MeitY Startup Hub(MSH)
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY)
Electronics Niketan, 6 CGO Complex
New Delhi 110003
Contact Details for Technical Queries
*For more information and clarity on the submission of form and Terms and Conditions, please refer the document attached below.