An Australian startup is demonstrating how its software, built to automate complex legal documents, can improve COVID-19 decision-making. Rulestar has converted a complex, static flowchart from an academic article into a dynamic online tool designed for anyone to use. Their automated COVID-19 diagnosis tool is made available online for demonstration purposes through the Rulestar website (see https://rulestar.com/demo-product).

Rulestar was inspired to build this new product by seeing frontline workers stretched beyond capacity in devastated countries like the USA and India. “We looked up what’s involved in triaging a potential Coronavirus patient: the logic isn’t simple”, says David Lipworth, Rulestar’s Managing Director. “We figured that it’s dangerous to expect exhausted and stressed-out frontline workers to follow something like that”.

The example aims to show that automation can not only increase the speed of decision-making but also, and more importantly, improve the quality of decisions. Driven by this COVID-19 use case, the company is now taking its platform global and making it available for ‘DIY’ automation across all industries.