SORMAS has been developed during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014 and was first deployed in Nigeria in 2015, followed by Ghana a few years later.
In the meantime SORMAS became open-source to ensure a sustainability and independence from IT companies.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic SORMAS was developed further and is now used in several countries in Africa, Asia and Europa.
In 2014, a consortium of German and Nigerian public health, research institutions and a global software company, coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), developed the Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS) during the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014/15.2014
After nine month of software development, SORMAS prototype was tested in 84 private and public health institutions in two states of Nigeria. In July 2015, data was collected and entered about cholera, measles and highly pathogenic avian influenza. In addition, a simulation of a complex Ebola outbreak was performed.July 2015
During the SARS-CoV-2-pandemic in early 2020, the team quickly implemented a COVID19 into SORMAS which lead to a wide spread use of SORMAS in France, Switzerland and Germany. Adtionally, Fiji, Nepal, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast are planning implementation in the near future.
In November the German Chancellor and regional bosses decided that SORMAS should be used by 90% of all health departments in Germany.