Season 1: “More Efficient SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Management with SORMAS.” (German)
In our SORMAS Audio Guide, experts offer you practical tips and background knowledge on our contact tracking tool. Get to know the advantages and functions of SORMAS better, benefit from the experiences of other health departments and also relieve your daily work.
“What is the benefit of SORMAS?”
Prof. Dr. Melanie Brinkmann, virologist and head of the viral immunomodulation research group, and Prof. Dr. Gérard Krause, physician and head of the epidemiology research group at the HZI, explain the benefits and advantages of SORMAS for pandemic management.
What is SORMAS?
Watch the video to learn all you need to know about SORMAS: How it helps manage the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic more efficiently, improve contact tracing, and reduce peak workloads in the health department in the process.
All about SORMAS
Benefits for health departments
Practical test passed
SORMAS is already used in many countries for infectious disease surveillance. On the occasion of the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014, SORMAS was initially intended to support epidemic control in structurally weak regions as an open-source eHealth tool. Since then, SORMAS has been continuously developed and adapted for numerous infectious diseases – such as currently for the management of the COVID 19 pandemic.
From user to user: What our SORMAS supporters say
Since the changeover on 17.05.2021, I have not once had to regret the decision to use Sormas productively. We have reached the point where we also have the complete administration in Sormas.
What used to be possible with time-consuming maintenance of an Excel list + serial letters is now done exclusively in Sormas.
We hope that other health departments will follow suit so that we can all take advantage of a common solution. This also improves communication with each other.
In 4 steps to SORMAS
We want to make your implementation of SORMAS as easy, smooth and fast as possible. Our diagram provides you with a transparent overview of the process.
To use SORMAS, contact the hotline of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research and the Academy of Public Health:
+49 (0) 531 / 6181 1109
With SORMAS your data remains protected
SORMAS is made available to each health office in compliance with data protection regulations and is operated on an individual, virtual server at the ITZ Bund. Apart from authorized offices of the public health service (ÖGD), no one has access to the collected data – not even the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research.
The SORMAS@DEMIS project group
SORMAS@DEMIS is a collaboration of many partners to integrate diverse systems and network case and person management for COVID-19 with the goal of reducing the burden on health departments. For this purpose, existing systems are interconnected: SORMAS, Climedo Symptom Diary, DEMIS and SurvNet@RKI.
Q&A with Prof. Gérard Krause
Gérard Krause is a professor of infectious disease epidemiology. In the video, the trained physician and epidemiologist answers the following questions:
- How does SORMAS specifically help public health departments?
- Which interfaces are integrated and how does the software help with data networking?
- How is the training for using the software going?
- How does the software update work?
- How has SORMAS already proven itself before Corona?
Better capture and contain infection numbers
Digital symptom diary
Successful contact person management also requires daily documentation of the health status of affected persons. The Climedo symptom diary makes the task easier:
- Contact persons document their symptoms digitally on their own. This eliminates calls by health department personnel.
- Continuous synchronization between SORMAS and Climedo symptom diary.
- Visual representation of the digital symptom diary directly in the SORMAS user interface.
- Efficient processes ensure time savings of up to 80 percent.
The "Contact overview" shows you distribution and statistics for stored contact persons and the respective quarantine status.
Statistics and data from cases you can view in real time in the "Monitoring overview". Various indicators are calculated automatically. The epidemiological curve shows you - broken down into categories - how compose the cases in total and over a time window. The case status map shows the geographic distribution of cases.
Representation of infection chains
To evaluate the spread and the measures to be taken, the automatic display of infection chains and related indicators will help you.