SORMAS – EARLY STEPS 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.
SORMAS is an early warning and management system based on flexible mobile telephone applications. SORMAS uses cloud technologies to enable countries with limited technological infrastructure rapid data exchange for outbreak control. Implemented monitoring tools support the detection of infection chains and ensure continuous analysis of the disease situation. 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. During this test phase, SORMAS proved the following strengths: - Both surveillance AND management processes of pandemics were covered in a single system - Implementation of SORMAS helped to save resources and time for transport and communication - Information was immediately available and data quality assurance was performed - SORMAS enabled decision-makers to respond immediately to incoming information and to take adequate measures via the public health officers. Read more on SORMAS transition to open source platform