Inspiration

Rural India lacks effective medicare. Moreover, many cases are treated inefficiently due to lack of information. There's a need to improve the healthcare system altogether.

What it does

When a patient arrives at a clinic, the MedConnect mobile app scans his/her Aadhar card and retrieves all the related past medical data. The medical personnel posted in the local clinic, or other authorized personnel can have access to all this data while making a diagnosis for a particular patient through a web dashboard. This data gets stored in a centralized server and can be accessed by a medical personnel with access even if the patient travels outside his local region.

Other features include:

  • The dashboard can be used to give various insights including what types of diseases are common in a region and adjoining areas, thus deciding what stock of medicines should be available in stock at nearby medical stores. Insights can also be gained towards preventing epidemics.
  • It can also provide analysis and visualizations about various classes of diseases and can help in tracking their sources.
  • The mobile application also indicates whether a particular villager can take benefit of a government policy ('Yojna') to avail medicare benefits.

How I built it

The tech stack included: Native android application built using Facebook's Parse as DaaS. Twitter's Fabric services. Web Dashboard using React.js, Google Charts and front-end technologies hosted on IBM's bluemix.

Challenges I ran into

Building a native app was a big challenge while keeping in mind the sensibilities of rural India. Implementing the material design was a challenge as well.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We focused on a very relevant use-case and are towards successful implementation.

What I learned

User-oriented development.

What's next for MedConnect

Scaling to a full-blown medical platform to revolutionize rural medicare.

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