Access to healthcare for all around the world!
What it does
MediTeddy aims to tackle both the problems of overcrowding/emergency room management and direct communication between patients and physicians regardless of verbal skill or language barrier by providing a user interface designed to be minimally language/literacy-dependent and determine the relative priority of a patient’s condition.
How I built it
We approached the project by delegating roles to certain people according to their strengths and experiences. We needed a basis for the bot to interact with a touchscreen and a UI to augment the limitations of a tactile probe.
Challenges I ran into
Broken hardware, outdated software; we had many instances of backtracking and redoing parts of our hack due to parts failures, needing to revert or switch code, and many other problems that kept us up through the night. Thankfully, the mentors here at Health++ offered invaluable guidance and enabled us to complete our project.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Ripping apart a bear with our own hands and turning it into a cyborg (although it was a stuffed bear).
What I learned
While completely switching from direct hospitality to SST yields no overall reduction in wait time, incorporating SST into an existing setup has proven to raise efficiency (Kokkinou and Cranage, 2013)
What's next for MediTeddy
MediTeddy is currently a standalone device, but our vision is for it be connected with the Electronic Medical Record of a larger healthcare system or be able to create a simple report of symptoms that can be imported/integrated into other programs and databases.