Pre-hospital emergency medical care, i.e. in ambulances, is often difficult because of the lack of patient information. Patients may have underlying medical conditions, such as genetic diseases or allergies, that would affect the methods used for their treatment. However, when responding to a call, paramedics are often faced with a problem: the patient is not capable of disclosing the important medical information that is needed for their best possible care. Paramedics then have to make assumptions and guess, which leads to many mistakes that are completely avoidable with the right information.
What it does
MediBand is a lightweight medical bracelet that allows paramedics to access important medical information by scanning the bracelet with an electronic device. The needed patient information will automatically show up on their device and allow them to treat the patient with full knowledge of any important medical issues that may affect treatment.
How we built it
We built a web application for the MediBand bracelet using angular.js. We also used an Arduino and an NFC/RFID breakout board to set up NFC card taps. We used a MongoDB Atlas database to store patient information.
Challenges we ran into
Our team hadn't yet been exposed to the beautiful world of hardware, so setting up the breakout board with Arduino was initially difficult, but we were able to complete it easier than we had expected. However, the biggest challenge would have to have been angular.js. Only one member of our team knows angular.js, so the rest had to learn it in the short 24-hour time frame, which took a lot of time and effort.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of all that we have learned. For two of us, it was our first hackathon, so being in the environment and experiencing the process was really fun and exciting. We are all proud and grateful to have finished our project on time and to the degree we had planned from the beginning, as we know not everyone gets to accomplish this. Finally, we are all very proud of how far each of has had come. We learned many new things such as some hardware, MongoDB, and angular.js that we believe will help us accomplish great things in our future.