In January 2016 I saw a film at the Sundance Film Festival called "Resilience". The main narrator was Dr Nadine Burke-Harris, a pediatrician who practices in San Francisco Hunter's Point area.

The film was about Childhood Adverse Experiences and the impact they have on both adults and children. Although I have not personally had many ACEs, I have several loved ones who have experienced high levels, and I can see the impact it has had on their lives.

Although this problem seems overwhelming, the overall message of the film is that it is beatable, and that ordinary people have power to fight this problem. It really does take a village to raise a child, and awareness is an important first step for parents and care providers.

This app is a tool intended to help make that first step more effective. The fun-loving atmosphere of NYP would be perfect springboard for an app like this.

What it does

  • Provides links and entry points to child and family support resources for ACES and childhood trauma
  • Compatible with FHIR, SMART and HL7
  • Provides Medical provider access to Pateient records, Encounters and Observations, as well as ACE resources
  • Sets up an online environment where Parent, Patient and Doctor form a Ninja team that can train in the "Dojo" to learn about ACES and come up with a plan of attack
  • Integrates with social media (Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Google+)
  • Dashboard that pulls data from sources (mobile apps, smart watches, sleep trackers, fitness wearables) to form a 365-degree view of lifestyle and emotional health

How I built it

High-fidelity prototype built using JustinMind software

Challenges I ran into

I've never used prototyping software. Although it doesn't require code, in some ways, this is harder than just writing code to accomplish something.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

I got a late start on this challenge, but was still able to formulate a concept, clarify the MVP and translate it into digital format in about 2 weeks time.

What I learned

Terminology for working with graphic assets. Layout and styling tips. Healthcare data formats. Deeper understanding of the problem space (ACEs).

What's next for ACE Be Gone

Get feedback from actual pediatricians. Run usability tests with people from my personal network as well as a professional service. Port the application to mobile format (probably Ionic) so it can be used on both IOS and Android devices. I read a study recently that shows the average adult in the US spends about 4 hrs a day accessing content from his/her smart phone and that more than half of kids have access to mobile devices and/or computers. Why not provide a way to make help make that time count towards strengthening families and helping children?

FHIR Resources exposed by this App

  1. Patient
  2. Encounters
  3. Observations

Closing Remarks

Thank you for offering your support to use technology in the medical environment.

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