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Mar 23, 2019

Boma COVID-19 Summit

Session 3: Germany — Hacking a Crisis

Hacking a Crisis

Collaborative action around the planet

  • Open source frontline medicine
    Bart de Witte, founder digital health academy, Berlin, Germany

  • Quarantine anxiety: coping with the stress of isolation
    Mazda Adli, chair, Fliedner Klinik Berlin Centre for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, Berlin, Germany


Moderator: Stephan Balzer, co-founder Boma Global; founder Boma Germany

Live from: Berlin, Germany
Start time: 10:15 a.m. local time

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Bart de Witte opens on a positive note: "It is incredible how many people want to help and collaborate. We are talking about social distancing but I have never felt as connected with other people before."

We see 3 major problems at the moment.

  1. Availability of tests
  2. Availability of ICU beds and supplies
  3. Availability of Human Resources


What is to be done to help our medical staff (our #myheroes)? We are confronted with very old structures that lack agility. This is a big challenge we are currently facing. As a solution, Bart has created an open-source facebook group to collaborate on new ideas and solutions for front-line healthcare workers. This group has been formed to evaluate, design, validate, and source the fabrication of open source emergency medical supplies around the world, given a variety of local supply conditions. The group currently has over 40k members.

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Mazda Adli, Chair of the Fliedner Klinik Berlin Centre for Psychiatry & Director of the Research Groups for Mood Disorders and Neurourbanism at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, talks about fears and stress caused by Covid-19. Mazda states that the coronavirus is still something very abstract. "It’s a risk and a danger — it is not very clear. It is not very measurable for those who aren't experts. On the other hand, we have the media outlets that are publishing about the dangers, deaths and implications of Covid-19. This is a mixture which increases anxiety levels, especially in those who are anxious types anyway." In his opinion, emotions can be as contagious as the virus itself. In order to deal with our current situation, he suggests that we look for new ways to reduce stress; i.e. picking up new activities, pursuing virtual social interactions to ensure people do not feel alone, and to reduce our daily media consumption to 2-3 times, while at the same time being very aware of the sources we consume our information from.

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