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RT-PCR App: NIC’s Mobile Application for Containment and Monitoring COVID-19 pandemic across the country

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At the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge was to standardize the format of sample data from various Tests conducted across the country. ICMR designed the Specimen Referral Form (SRF) for use with every COVID-19 sample; NIC developed the RT-PCR and RATI mobile apps on Android, iOS and Windows mobiles for ICMR along with the web-portal to whitelist phlebotomists (sample collectors) for using the mobile apps and web-portal.

RT-PCR App is a handheld tool for the Medical Staff at Sample Collection Centres spread across the country. The Sample Collection Facility will be sending the sample for various type of specimen to ICMR labs conducting the RT-PCR test for confirmation of COVID-19. Advance intimation is being shared through the App with ICMR. On successful saving any sample, the Collection Centre and the User can view the collection details.

Salient features of the system include:


  • Robust, reliable Cloud infra, with redundancy, zero down-time and region-wise Databases with responsive portal and apps, tested for 50,000 concurrent users

  • Single sign-on using Government official email IDs and Mobile number-based access for Labs (including Private), Collection Centres and Sample Collectors

  • Extensive training material, videos, FAQs

  • SRF data accessible on real-time basis by ICMR Labs. Data Analytics, Auto Alert SMS/ Emails and GIS integrated

  • Option to enter offline data after generation of SRF-ID

  • Configurable- Skip Patient OTP for verification and warning on multiple use of same patient mobile

  • RT-PCR, Rapid Antigen and Rapid Antibody tests covered

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The App has received various accolades lately, which includes:

  • Gold Icon Award at the 𝑫𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝑰𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒂 𝑨𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅s 2020 under 𝐈𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐜 category

  • CSI Award of Recognition in 18th CSI SIG eGovernance Awards 2020

  • Gems of Digital India Award 2020 at the SKOCH Smart Governance Awards

Key Highlights:

  • Majority of the States / UTs use RT-PCR, RATI apps to collect COVID-19 samples data.

  • 7,200+ ICMR labs using the sample data to enter results.

  • Correct patient mobile, Geo-tagging & sharing with Arogya Setu mobile app is helping in contact-tracing and identifying containment zones.

  • Download facility enables Health officials, Laboratories and Collections Centres to use the SRF data in their own applications, saving data entry effort.

  • State-level applications are using the output for verification and genuineness of RT-PCR SRF reports.

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Page Last Updated Date :May 12th, 2023
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