Inspiration

We understand the disconnect between the paramedic and the patient facing emergencies. The patient may feel helpless or frustrated when they notice that disconnect or when they don't know what their next action is. We wanted to fill in the gaps and help bridge the connection by providing a direct way for patients to document their concerns and present it to medical staff in a meaningful way.

We were also inspired by existing symptom checkers that we felt were not optimized for users due to complex terminology or poor UI/UX.

What it does

Health Alert creates a direct pipeline that connects emergency callers to first responders and hospitals. This greatly reduces the risk of miscommunication by recording and integrating patient self-reports with live diagnostic data from the paramedics. By the time the patient is in the ambulance, the emergency room automatically receives their triage information and can begin preparing for the arrival of more serious cases.

Health Alert also allows users to report non-emergency symptoms, connecting them to the appropriate resources such as a nearby walk-in clinic or 8-1-1.

How we built it

We built it through ideating in Figma where we formed a lo-fi prototype first to map out the various user flows from the patient point of view. We broke down the features we wanted and the data we want displayed in each dashboard using Trello. We decided to make a hi-fi prototype to represent the patient’s end of our web app due to the complexity of the potential pathways. The dashboards we made using HTML, Bulma CSS, JavaScript, jQuery and Express which we then hosted on Heroku.

Challenges we ran into

We ran into a few challenges with this project. First, we had some miscommunication where we were confused on what each member was working on. Second, we decided to use Bulma, a CSS framework, to help us to quickly style the dashboards to match, but most of the group had never worked with Bulma before and struggled with the learning curve. We also used Figma to prototype the mobile experience; however, the group member creating the prototype was also not familiar with Figma. Lastly, we struggled with assembling our mock database in the timespan to allow for fluid passing of data between the paramedic and hospital dashboard.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are so proud of creating a well thought out application in a short time frame. We were all able to try something new with this project and practice skills that we haven't had the chance to use as much.

What we learned

We learned that it is hard to create an application that the general public can use. Displaying information in a simple and concise manner is difficult because emergency scenarios or health scenarios are complex. By providing a streamlined experience, information can be more easily retrieved by health care professionals.

What's next for Health Alert

We hope to complete the app with a database to send information and receive approval from the health authorities so we can start helping people.

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