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 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

Technical information

You, the Public Health Service (ÖGD) workers, are critical to getting a handle on the pandemic. I would like to thank you very much for your commitment. To make your work easier, we have adapted the SORMAS software for the Corona situation in Germany. Ich weiß, dass der Umstieg auf eine neue Software in einer angespannten Zeit wie dieser sicher nicht einfach ist. But experience shows that SORMAS quickly makes your work more effective after a short period of familiarization. Take advantage of the offer. It will help you.

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

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.

Contact directly

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

Data sovereignty
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?
COVID-19 specific process models for case reporting, infection progression and diagnostics.

Deposit of work processes - with appointment system, task catalog and reminder system

ongoing Updated epidemiological maps, chains of transmission, and process analyses.

Control of independent health monitoring of contact person through app (SB module).

IfSG- and DSGVO-compliant role and rights management regarding views and data processing

Available as desktop version (Chrome, Firefox) and as mobile networked Android version

Customized training for each health department (phone or web).

Networking through interactive webinars, user forum and podcasts

Trial version with fictitious data available for free on the website

Training videos for handling contacts and cases

User manual with info on general usage and admin applications

Interface according to RKI specifications ensures full synchronization with existing IfSG reporting software

Linking of cases and contact persons beyond the borders of counties & independent cities

Simultaneous availability of data at municipal, state (and, if applicable, federal) level according to responsibilities

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.

Contact overview

The "Contact overview" shows you distribution and statistics for stored contact persons and the respective quarantine status.


Monitoring overview

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.