Delivering a COVID-19 tracing app in 72 hours

UnitingCare Queensland had to get to market quickly during the pandemic and Triggerfish was able to supply a COVID-19 tracing app on Sitecore & Microsoft Azure in just 72 hours.

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In the middle of a pandemic, being agile to protect the needs of customers and the community is the new normal for organisations. Especially in the high-risk environments of hospitals and health care.

As one of the largest healthcare providers and charities in Australia, UnitingCare Queensland (UnitingCare) is also one of the State’s largest employers. With a workforce that spans 17,400 staff and more than 9,000 volunteers, the organisation extends compassionate healthcare services to more than 430,000 people.

New COVID-19 tracing protocols 

With hospitals and healthcare services in many locations across South East Queensland, UnitingCare are directly affected by COVID-19 government contact tracing protocols. With the anxiety of the pandemic lingering in the forefront of everyone’s mind and cases rising in neighboring states, UnitingCare needed to demonstrate to Queensland Health that they can respond quickly and efficiently to second wave cases in Queensland. This meant digitising their existing manual contact tracing processes in UnitingCare operated facilities that currently served upwards of 2,000 check-ins per hour, across the entire state of Queensland.

The Stack

  • Sitecore Experience Forms
  • Sitecore Experience Database
  • Dataweavers WebOps Hosting
  • Microsoft Event Grid
  • Microsoft Azure SQL
  • Microsoft Power BI
  • Azure Security Centre
  • Microsoft Azure Functions
  • Aspire API

Focusing on speed and certainty when the pressure is on

Having already evaluated an option for an off-the-shelf screening app to meet their requirements, UnitingCare decided to leverage the scale of their existing Sitecore environment to meet their strict security, data and privacy mandates, giving them the ability to deliver quickly, and serve them better in future. With a strong pre-existing relationship in place, they reached out to Triggerfish for help.

In just 72 hours, Triggerfish delivered the COVID-19 screening app on UnitingCare’s existing Sitecore environment. Under the hood, the app takes advantage of Sitecore Experience Forms, Experience Database, Dataweavers, Microsoft Event Grid, Azure SQL, PowerBI and Security Centre.

Using both physical and device QR codes, the COVID-19 screening app tracks visitors and staff through check-in stations in the entryway of Hospitals and health service locations managed by UnitingCare. Microsoft PowerBI is used by the UnitingCare head office to visualize check-ins by location, submission day, brand, location, and role. The PowerBI dashboard also presents total check-ins, unique users, and question anomalies.

As the business was discovering in real-time the requirements for each location, the flexibility within both the Sitecore & Microsoft Azure environments allowed for tailored rollouts of the COVID-19 screening apps to Buderim Private Hospital, St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, The Wesley Hospital & St Stephens Hospital over a 7-day period.

2021 Sitecore Ultimate Experience Award Winner

Leading the Way for the 'Phygital' Future

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The accolade, from leading digital experience software organisation Sitecore, saw Triggerfish beat out 140 other best-in-class organisations across the globe to take out the top gong for Leading the way for the ‘Phygital’ Future.

The category celebrates digital transformation and how leading organisations improve CX by blending digital applications where they relate to the physical world within the customer journey.

“Having the right tech in place laid the foundations for success, but our strong, working relationship with the team at Triggerfish was equally as crucial. They were able to provide a clear path to delivery, help us prioritise activities, and effectively manage our MarTech stack to deliver this project in a record amount of time – and I congratulate them on this well-deserved, global recognition."
Dan Shaw
Group Digital Marketing Manager

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