COVID-19 is a major global public health challenge. Its outbreak in Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia) spread very fast. It had the widest scope of infections and the greatest degree of difficulty in controlling infections of any public health emergency since the Second World War. In the battle against the outbreak, Balkan countries have not actively leveraged digital technologies such as research, artificial intelligence, and information transfer which could effectively improve the efficiency of the countries’ efforts in epidemic monitoring, virus tracking, prevention, control, and treatment, and resource allocation.
TechLab is an institution from Podgorica (Montenegro) that focuses its attention on various fields of science and technology on a priority basis. So far, it has selected the fields of Information Technology, Renewable Energy, Climate and Environmental Sciences, and Health Informatics. These focused areas are revised from time to time according to the changing national/regional priorities and expanding areas of expertise. Our research team is made up of people from many areas including information technology, medicine, and chemistry. TechLab has years of experience in EU projects and especially in the field of medicine where we developed an efficient service based on eHealth and eGovernment.