Our Inspiration

Hand-offs, or sign-outs, describes the process of moving a patient's medical information to one medical organization to another. This process is carried out through verbal, electronic, and paper means between clinical teams. This opens up room for miscommunication, unclear or missing instruction, or inconsistencies in patient data. Therefore, a new and modern means of hand-offs is necessary to ensure quality, consistency, and efficiency of care.

What Meda does

Meda combines all three factors of patient transfer into one online application. Physicians and doctors may access their patient's data through the Meda online portal, as well as append to and edit existing information. During patient transfer, the designated physician may select to hand-off that patient to another physician, or approve of requests from other physicians for hand-offs.

Meda exhibits an clean, modern look with easy-to-read and modify information. Leaving the archaic, gritty tools in the past, Meda offers safe and easy transfer of patient data, and doubles as a portal for Doctors to update and record patient info. Meda allows for paper-copy records to be uploaded to a patients profile, a notes section as a vehicle for transferring verbal instruction, and patient databases to safely store the patient's medical records.

Challenges We Faced

With so many ideas flowing around the table during the first few hours of the Hackathon, the process of developing a solution to the problem we were provided took careful thought and proper planning. We had a familiarize ourselves with medical systems and processes in order to understand the space we were working in. Innovative thought required tying together process with purpose, to ensure that we built upon what previously worked without leaving redundancies. This had to be done as well all the while fulfilling the purpose of our application.

Implementing data structures such as those in Meda was a newer experience for most of us. Learning how to do so took time from development, and led to a time crunch on the second day of development. In between development, we also stopped to reconsider or update our plan/goals.

What We Learned

In the end, however, we pulled through and developed a functioning application that allows doctors to update and transfer patient info while minimizing miscommunication. We learned not only about more practical ways of implementing data structures, but developing an application to directly address a widely-faced problem.

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