HERoS - Health Emergency Response in Interconnected Systems

The HERoS Project

Health Emergency Response in Interconnected Systems

The coronavirus outbreak is continuing to spread. The number of infected people and the death toll continues to rise. As authorities and responders are struggling to contain the spread, news about mass quarantine camps or shortages of personal protective equipment threaten the health systems globally, fueled by rumors and misinformation. The disruptions of (medical) supply chains, the lack of capacity to treat patients and the spread of rumours fuel an atmosphere of uncertainty and mistrust, hampering an effective response. While traditional models of disease outbreaks largely focus on infection rates, new methods are needed to integrate behaviour from the bottom up and integrated in macrolevel models to coordinate the response worldwide.

 

The HERoS Consortium

The consortium brings together the resources of 11 participating organisations from 6 European countries (Finland, the Netherlands, the UK, Poland, France, Italy) and the US Each excelling in their respective field of expertise and with significant research experience.

Objectives

The overall objective of HERoS is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the response to the Covid-19 outbreak. HERoS creates and provides policies and guidelines for improved crisis governance, focusing on responders to public health emergencies, and their needs to make informed decisions. HERoS further improves the predictions of the spread by understanding and modelling the impact of local behaviour on the spread of the disease. Furthermore, HERoS improves the management of medical supply chains for preparedness and response, as well as evaluates the impact of cascading effects across global supply chains.

The members of the HERoS project consist of the humanitarian logistics and supply chain management (Hanken), epidemiological modelling and policy design (TUD), crisis governance (VU-A), machine learning and information sciences (OU), public health services (NHG), space research and geoinformation (CBK), UAV development (SQR), health emergency responders (PCPM, CRI, HOPE) and project management (ARTTIC).

Impact

This project will innovate social science research in epidemic outbreaks and combines  methodological and process innovation which connects multiscale epidemics modelling, policy-making, governance, information sciences and supply chain management. Through integration with the humanitarian planning and decision-making processes, HERoS shall lead to more efficient and effective policies and governance structures. HERoS makes use of collective intelligence approaches to support self-organisation of decision-makers at different levels to improve the epidemics response locally on the ground in real-time while contributing to more efficient information management, netcentric governance and logistics.

Project Summary

The Corona-virus outbreak is continuing to spread. The number of infected people and the death toll continues to rise. As authorities and responders are struggling to contain the spread, news about mass quarantine camps or shortages of personal protective equipment threaten the health systems globally, fueled by rumors and mis-information. The disruptions of (medical) supply chains, the lack of capacity to treat patients and the spread of rumours fuel an atmosphere of uncertainty and mistrust, hampering an effective response. While traditional models of disease outbreaks largely focus on infection rates, new methods are needed to integrate behaviour from the bottom up and integrated in macro-level models to coordinate the response world-wide.

Partners

European countries

Project duration (months)

WEBINAR: recording, slides and deliverables

WEBINAR: recording, slides and deliverables

Thank you for your interest in the webinar 'HERoS: Results for the Rapid Response Phase', which took place on October 27th 2020. In case you couldn't join or if you wish to view the presentation again, you will find below the recording of the event. Furthermore, you...

WEBINAR: Results from the Rapid Response Phase

WEBINAR: Results from the Rapid Response Phase

The HERoS project - which aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak - completed its Rapid Response Phase in September 2020. To share the results of this initial period, the consortium organises a free webinar open to all...

The HERoS Consortium Kick Off Conference

The HERoS Consortium Kick Off Conference

The HERoS consortium held its kick off conference call on 14 April 2020. Partners are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration and to bringing this initiative to a success.

🆕"Agent-based model & scenario analyses" makes a head start on agent-based modelling, providing insights into the dynamics of the spread of #COVID19 and the impact of different policies in two cities: The Hague & Helsinki. https://bit.ly/2GMjx6t @tudelft #GlobalResponse #H2020

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101003606.

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