AGH UST has launched the Support Centre for Sanitary-Epidemiological Services. The initiative, which has gathered a number of voluntary students of the university, primarily aims to provide support to the Regional Sanitary-Epidemiological Station in Krakow in the field of collecting and processing information.
The idea originated at AGH UST at the beginning of September 2020, and the current intensification of the coronavirus pandemic made it move to the phase of implementation at the request of sanitary-epidemiological services. The university provides infrastructure, and the AGH UST University Board of Student Government coordinates volunteers’ work schedule. The team operates from the AGH UST Centre of Energetics, in computer rooms in which the volunteers process information obtained by the Sanitary-Epidemiological Station. All tasks are performed under the supervision of the Regional Station. Volunteers work for the Sanitary-Epidemiological Station on the same conditions as the employees of the unit, i.e. with ensuring the safety and protection of personal information to which they have access. Currently, the operations of the AGH UST team involve about 60 people. Students will provide support to the sanitary-epidemiological services on an alternating basis, taking into account their own availability.
The students have already completed all necessary training connected with secure data processing of people who provide information to sanitary services. It is worth noting that all students involved in helping the services have been provided with safe working conditions for the time of performing their tasks at the university. The rooms have been suitably prepared for accommodating several people at the same time, and they have all necessary personal protective equipment. An incredibly quick response of the students and their commitment to the project attest to their great responsibility, particularly bearing in mind that they still take part in online classes as part of their student duties. For the purpose of attending online classes, the students have at their disposal additionally designated rooms.
It is worth adding that within the framework of collaboration with the Regional Sanitary-Epidemiological Station in Krakow, experts in the field of information technologies at the Department of Computer Science of the Faculty of Computer Science, Electronics and Telecommunications and the AGH UST Centre for IT Solutions are going to audit IT tools used by the sanitary-epidemiological services in order to suggest changes that will improve operations of the institution. Those interested in voluntary work for the Sanitary-Epidemiological Station should contact the AGH UST University Board of Student Government.
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