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We wanted to empower patients by providing them assuring information during and about their cancer treatment and inform them during times of worry and need. Also provide physicians a platform to monitor patients progress and use this information to assist in treatment of the patient.
What it does
Our app allows the patient to view the RFID tag count from their last treatment on their homepage, view and analyze their history throughout the course of their treatment, message their physician about concerns, and get access to resources on support and therapy methods. Allows the physician to view patient information, data, and alerts.
The nano-RFID tags themselves conjugate to the antibodies in the medication via click chemistry and are given to the patient and as the antibodies attach to the tumor so will the nano-RFID tags to allow us to estimate the size of the tumor and compare it to previous data points to get a general idea of the size of the tumor as the treatment progresses.
How I built it
We made the app itself using android studio in java and XML. For the raspberry Pi and the RFID sensor we used python scripts on the raspberry pi to run a function on a loop to scan for RFID tags. We had a strong focus on the UI design of the app.
Challenges I ran into
We ran into a lot of issues with setting up the RFID with the raspberry pi and getting it to recognize the tags correctly. We also had issues with planning out our presentation and the best way to present the information. We had to adjust our view from the team members to a cancer patient and physician and be flexible in our way of thinking to visualize the best user experience.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Getting the application done and having a great UI design that is both patient and physician friendly.
What I learned
We learned a lot about how the raspberry Pi works as well as RFID in general and a newfound respect for the applications of this technology. We also learned a great deal of how to look through the perspective of a patient that is going through trials of cancer treatment and the challenges that come along with that such as stress, pain, and worry. We were able to think this way and create a patient centered experience to ease some of the things they might be facing as well as provide them some useful information when they are often left in the dark.
What's next for Beat It!
Working on trying to get access to this nano-technology and possibly using some real simulation examples to test and better our app. Also, improve on the app functionality itself.