Inspiration

Sudden injuries, accidents and disasters happen but don't always lead to rationalized decisions. When an individual is injured or is in an emergency inside their house, and are either alone or don’t have competent help, they are unable to get help by themselves if their phone is out of reach. We wanted to provide a reliable and immediate response system when one experiences such a situation.

What it does

When eParamedic is invoked through a Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, it will ask for the emergency and its details in order to recommend steps to take through the safety and emergency database we designed. The user can then ask the device for help and guidance on how to approach the situation at hand. Having the option to be able to call for help in your home is invaluable and has the ability to save lives by getting help when the person would normally be unable to.

How we built it

We built the website using JavaScript, HTML and CSS. The actions were created in Voiceflow which we connected to the Twilio API in order to call emergency contacts.

Challenges we ran into

  • Comparing and understanding the features in the Google Home and the Amazon Echo Dot
  • Integrating Twilio API into Voiceflow due HTTP request errors

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • Identifying a big problem in the healthcare industry and came up with a solution to fix it
  • Designing a website, which was a platform to showcase our company brand to consumers
  • Understanding new technologies and building on-top-of previous skills and knowledge

What we learned

  • How to use Voiceflow through workshops
  • How exciting Hack the North was
  • Taking breaks are important and were actually beneficial:)

What's next for eParamedic

eParamedic has a lot of potential for growth. The current emergency database is relatively small, but we plan on adding machine learning capabilities in order to better curate responses to the user. Through analyzing the currently unaccepted input, we would be able to grow the current data set to be able to answer a wider range of questions. We also want to better connect the user's personal information to the Google Home's responses through calling the appropriate contacts when necessary.

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