FIND issues proposals request from digital health solution providers for COVID rapid diagnostic test data capture
FIND, as co-convener of the ACT-Accelerator (ACT-A) diagnostics pillar, is working towards supporting countries in implementing an effective test-trace-isolate response using digital tools.
This includes partnering with digital solution providers to speed up development and deployment of a set of minimum functionalities for COVID rapid diagnostic test (RDT) data.
The idea is to incorporate these functionalities into existing digital tools to be used in low- and middle-income country (LMIC) settings.
FIND therefore issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify and work with developers of existing digital health solutions already in use in LMICs at community level.
- The scope of work would be in line with the Principles for Digital Development.
- Data collection and usage needed to follow the Framework for the Governance of Personal Data for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator.
Any organization, institution or entity specializing in developing and implementing digital health solutions for healthcare data collection in LMICs was invited to apply, with potential for further collaboration.
Partners were to be selected through a process which focused on:
- Current capability to deliver the RFP requirements
- Organizational assessment
- Cost of the project.
This RFP contained three appendixes which provided data points to be captured, target characteristics to be considered, and a response template.
The RFP opened on 7 April 2021, and closed on 28 April 2021. Data collection functionalities and workflows were due to be ready for rollout by the end of June 2021.