Repurposing buses as Covid-19 testing centres
Rapid testing is key to India overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. However, to ramp up testing, while keeping social distancing intact, it is imminent that point of care diagnostics is implemented.
In response to the pandemic, expert volunteers from the IET’s Healthcare Working Group and the Future of Mobility and Transport Panel have come together to explore the use of buses as testing centres for point of care testing and diagnosis for COVID-19.
In this paper, we propose to use buses as points of care testing centres for COVID-19, thereby enabling better access and scale. The paper sets out the challenges of mobile testing, ways to repurpose buses to become a sample collection and diagnostic centre, possible workflows and patient journeys that can be used as well as provide a project plan for authorities to execute.
Authored by Ravi Ramaswamy, Senior Director, Philips Healthcare; Chair- Healthcare WG, IET Future Tech Panel and Ramanathan Sethuraman, Platform Architect, Intel detail how buses can be repurposed as COVID-19 testing centres.