Patients with early and mid stage dementia are always under a lot of stimuli. Rather than have technology persuade them to accomplish tasks individually with numerous impulsive reminders a day they may not have apathy for, we encourage them to review their day plan at key moments in their time: eating food! We also wanted a connection for passive tracking of patient condition. We understand the bias that can happen with active engagement from caregiver and as such we wanted to know how much passive data can be made into informative analytics.
What it does
At proposed breakfast, lunch and dinner times, the patient is prompted a button on their lock screen page to engage with the App. The landing page of the app displays all the events within the day. As a calender event scheduler, the app engages with the current event in place. At the time of an event, the app opens up options to interact in the event the patient feels they are feeling out of the situation and requires a contact with a representative of the event, or if the event is going well they would like to record key moments by adding photos (and comments). Reviewing the past events is possible with the app, highlighting the photos and comments recorded during the event. Events are limited to 5 additional instances beyond the important daily meals. Too many activities a time would create too much stimuli, reducing the apathy of the patient to respond meaningfully to the situation. By restricting the amount of stimuli, we hope the patients can be relief of stress In accordance to app usage by the patient, the data is given to the caregiver or family member to be able to assess the condition of the patient. From frequency of use and accuracy to itinerary recall, the data connects to useful information to passively monitor their behaviour. The caregiver or family member can also set calendar events for the patients from their web terminal.
How We built it
The back end comprises of awesome Mongodb followed by suprememe streamlined android SDK, Heroku and GitHub to support the visuals. Google cloud messages / drive was the main communication strategy base and file sharing between designers and developers. The design implementation required dashingly creative illustrator images with quick iterative mock ups on paper.
Challenges We ran into
Common terms for get and pull of names was a challenge because of our lack of clarity in naming conventions. We also ran into conflicting patient experience between nurses, dementia patients and mentor reviews regarding our initial idea that we spent a bit more time reviewing our idea and not implementing the features and drawing final mock ups.
Accomplishments that We are proud of
We came together as a team, working in conjunction of others developing the tools to get the web app and Android App working together. We came together to work on connecting information and sharing it between caregiver / family members to patients. We also built on a full party team, each member involved and active in providing feedback for each other to develop the cross linking system.
What We learned
Working and effective communication is key to us working effectively, contingently and having a blast of a time. We definitely would love to do more hackathons together and expanding our development capabilities.
What's next for Okay
We want to grow our app so anyone can help the patient develop schedules so they don’t have to do it themselves if it is cumbersome. We also want to be able to share stories and images with other people (thinking of fb) from our app directly. We also want to develop a map path system for patients when they don’t have events for the day and want to go for a social event nearby to make use of their time.
Try it out URL is the link to our repo as our file was > 55mb. Apologies (as Android.zip was 51mb)