Chemotherapy is scary. You’re sitting for hours with an IV as a very powerful poison enters your body. Kino wears a hat because like you, he has lost his hair. But he’s not scared, and will guide you to the treatment room because he’s been there before.

What it does

Medyear improves the chemotherapy treatment experience for everyone involved: parents, providers, and kids. Using Medyear as a social network, parents can check-in and report how the child is feeling, as well as review latest lab results. Providers can review the same lab results, and approve the child for chemotherapy. Upon approval, Kino appears as a virtual wayfinder to guide the child to their treatment room. At the end of the treatment, the parent is able to rate their experience.

How we built it

We leveraged Medyear’s existing infrastructure to connect to three FHIR servers and retrieve clinical data. We also designed new interactions that will extend the existing Medyear experience with social networking elements. We then created the Kino character using a game engine.

Challenges we ran into

On the clinical side we were unsure if which lab measurement was best for oncology – ANC or WBC.

On the technology side reading FHIR data is relatively easy to do. The biggest challenge with FHIR resources is in creating valid data formats to submit to a FHIR server. The JAVA HAPI FHIR Reference implementation can be very particular about the structure of files submitted. This is something that the community will no doubt address over time as FHIR matures.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We successfully connected to three live FHIR servers, created a mobile chemotherapy coordination experience, and established Kino as a branding asset.

What we learned

We learned much about the world of oncology and NYP’s IT infrastructure.

What's next for Medyear NYP

Finish the app and deploy at NYP.

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