When we visit a new doctor, one of the first things we do is fill out forms and answer numerous questions describing our medical history. It’s a tedious, lengthy process which is repeated countless times. Time is wasted, and often, inaccuracies can occur. When this same data is passed around between medical staff some key points can be missed which can cause delays, reducing overall efficiency and resulting in diagnostic errors.
In fact, such errors play a role in 10 percent of patient deaths, deaths that could have been prevented if a better, more efficient, standardized system was put in effect.
Doctors would be more comfortable diagnosing new patients if they had easy access to their medical information beforehand. Such information should have the ability to be easily passed around from doctor to nurse to patient, anywhere, everywhere, with ease and accuracy. A procedure such as changing to a new doctor should be a smooth transition for both parties.
What it does
This is where our app, Med.Me come in. To create a more accurate, standardized, reliable and quick patient’s medical history process, we created an app that uses QR codes to store and transfer information. When a user creates an account and fill out their medical history, a unique QR code with their information is generated. A doctor can then scan this QR code to immediately access the medical history of the child. The doctor should be able to take notes for the patient, as as well as prescribe any medications for the child, and all of this would be updated into the system.
How we built it
We used google cloud and MySQL to create a database that contains the medical records of patients. We used python in the backend and flask in the integration to connect our database to our front end app and website. The app is coded in React-Native and is cross platform. Our website is coded with HTML/CSS/JS.
Challenges we ran into
Data Collection, pipeline of data, qr code reading.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud to have created a working website form to collect medical data, as well as an app that can generate unique qr codes based on the medical information of each person.
What we learned
We learned how to use React-Native in conjunction with flask.
What's next for Med.Me
Implementation of Med.Me is a two step process.
First we offer Med.Me to drastically different patients within one hospital, and let them test the product in an alpha test. We test patient transitions between doctors. We look at features they might want to add, and we improve off of their feedback.
Following a successful release, we release Med.Me in multiple hospitals, testing for standardization across hospitals across the nation.
WE are ready to make Med.Me a reality.
We are a group of 4 students based here at Carnegie Mellon, and between us, we’ve done things like founding the second largest math circle in Chicago and implementing projects on the International Space Station.
Together, we are Med.Me. And yes, we may be one of the younger teams at this Hackathon. But we WANT to make Med.Me a reality. We want to implement it as far as we can take it, and we want to help the lives of any and all patients through Med.Me.