CORONAbase is a comprehensive, cross-platform database for PCR diagnostics, which has been developed and employed at the Institute of Molecular Genetics, Prague, during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep the testing records organized. The main features of the application are:
Efficient tracking of patient samples. CORONAbase allows to efficiently track patient samples throughout the whole testing process: from sample registration through RNA isolation and qPCR detection, to the final quality control and data reporting. Individual samples are labelled with barcodes that serve as unique identifiers and the application can be adjusted to different workflows based on individual test tubes or multiwell plates. Finally, the interactive plate view gives a visual overview of the occupancy and consistently color coded sample priorities.
Smart data analysis and quality control. Independently for every assay type, CORONAbase allows to save a detailed decision tree to determine suggested test outcomes for every sample automatically. The curation process is available as a next step to ensure proper quality control before the final results are issued to the patients and doctors.
Advanced reporting tools. All laboratory data can be filtered and exported invarious formats and an in-built system for sending emails and text messages to both doctors and patients including confirmation certificates is also available. Moreover, external views for hospitals and doctors can help to streamline the whole reporting process.
Intuitive data visualization. The Statistics provides a comprehensive overview of total sample numbers and positive test results based on various demographic parameters and sample sources, as well as daily statistics for the number of registered, processed and positive samples.
User friendly interface. CORONAbase provides cross-platform access via webbrowser, as well as full touch support for mobile devices, which makes it easy to quickly navigate through the application from a wide range of devices. The process of sample registration has been optimized for tablets as a practical alternative for entering data in biosafety areas.
Powerful user management tools. The top priority is to keep the sensitive patient data safe and secure. Therefore, various permission groups are included in CORONAbase, allowing to split the specialized tasks between users and minimize the risk of influencing the phases of the workflow that lay outside of the user’s field of expertise. Moreover, all communication between users and CORONAbase is secured via SSL and the application is GDPR-compliant.