We were inspired by the Bell Caring for Remote Communities challenge. The challenge asked for a solution that helps diagnosis and monitor patients in remote communities who otherwise struggle to receive adequate health care. We were even more compelled to build a solution to this issue as limited access to healthcare became and even more prominent issue this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because the users can share data from home, this would also minimize visits to healthcare facilities. This would mean less people needing transport there (i.e. vehicles) which also helps the environment!
What it does
The user interacts on their watch. The watch collects patient health information such as heart rate, blood pressure, and steps; and our Watch app forwards this information to our database. Health Care professionals can then log into our website and access the information patient's watches have sent to the database, allowing them to monitor and diagnose their patients from afar.
How we built it
Thankfully, some amazing mentors answered many of our questions! The virtual element of the hackathon also lead to issues like technically difficulties that made it hard to communicate and work on some elements together but we figured out a way to split the work.
Challenges we ran into
We were not familiar with the software we were using so there was lots of learning to be done which lead to some difficulties. The database specifically proved to be quite challenging. Thankfully, some amazing mentors answered many of our questions! The virtual element of the hackathon also lead to issues like technically difficulties that made it hard to communicate and work on some elements together but we figured out a way to split the work.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We came into this hackathon with an open mind and learned a lot. We all took on the challenge of learning something new and got lots done for one weekend: watch app, database, website, lots of designs, and lots of plans for the future.
What I learned
Our team learned lots through this project. Munazza used Xcode and Swift for the first time and created an Apple Watch app. Christine learned about MySQL, Node.js, and databases in order to create ours. Christine and Rachel had no experience with web development prior to creating our sites during this hackathon.
What's next for HealthShare
Firstly, we would complete the development. This would include adding the additional pages and design elements from our first site (the Glitch link) to our final site that includes our database (on GitHub). Future steps would also include making an app for other smart watches to increase the number of possible users. We would also create an iPhone app that aids the Watch App that we have already created, and allow users to view their data on a larger screen.
We would like to thank our mentors who aided us throughout this process: Jake Ojero (TD Mentor) for their help with brainstorming and Mayil Kannan (Architech) for their help with creating the database.