On December 7th, 2022, the Institute of Virology, Bucharest -Romania held an event testing 10 STAMINA tools in a table top exercise simulating a pandemic. The trial was attended by 53 people; 19 STAMINA partners and 34 partners from Romania including project partners, representatives from the Romanian authorities with responsibilities in the management of pandemics / epidemics and stakeholders. The trial took place in two stages, in which the 10 tools selected for testing in the trial were introduced in turn. After completing the scenario associated with the Trial based on the unfolding of events and messages, discussions followed which mainly focused on how to use the tools proposed by STAMINA with the purpose to test and demonstrate intelligent decision support for pandemic management.
The trial was conducted on the basis of a scenario that takes place over a period of 21 weeks, including the three periods of a pandemic (the pre-pandemic, pandemic and post-pandemic periods).For each week in the scenario, the specific activities that must be carried out by family doctors, hospitals, the ambulance service and the various authorities at local and national level were specified. There were four hospitals involved in the scenario and seven municipalities belonging to the Calarasi County. During the scenario, 10 STAMINA tools were used to manage the epidemic/pandemic produced by a highly pathogenic influenza virus. The trial took place through the Preparedness Pandemic Training (PPT) tool, in which 9 events were introduced, requiring the use of one of the selected STAMINA tools: (SmarKodevices, Web and Social Media Analytics (WSMA), Flu And Coronavirus Simulator (FACS), Data Management & Harminization Tool-Information Protection Tool (DMHT-IPT), Early Warning System (EWS), ENGAGE, dynamiC Hospital wARd Management (CHARM), CrisisHub, Emergency Map Tool (EMT), and the Preparedness Pandemic Tool (PPT).
After the Trial, a workshop with key stakeholders took place to discuss the results. The workshop raised a distinct interest of the participants for the STAMINA project, especially the factors directly involved in the management of pandemics, from the Directorate of Public Health (DSP), the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU), the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), hospitals, Romanian Red Cross, the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila in Bucharest (UMF), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), administrative authorities City Hall and Prefecture, as well as some prominent companies in the IT field.