OptimizER is a tool to optimize proper sorting of non-critical ER and urgent care visits by making care center availability and wait-time information more accessible based on their inputs in the self-assessment section and by reducing redundancy in communication for both patients and medical care providers.
Intended Users: Individuals who are seeking non-critical medical care and who will either drive themselves or be taken to a medical care center by family members.
Problems we ran into: Data acquisition on Hospital ER department/urgent care center bed availability, on duty staff specializations. HIPPA and liability issues in relation to storage of medical data and nurse and doctors liability issues that require that they review patient records and information repeatedly.
What we learned: There are many problems that must be addressed in the world. It’s never wrong to dream big; however, sometimes the key to solving a problem is finding the right scope.
What's next for OptimizER: We envision OptimizER being integrated into hospital systems or even the 911 calling system to provide real-time wait times, occupancy, and availability information to the individuals who are seeking for emergent care. Further, it may be used as a tool for hospitals to be notified of incoming patients, receive more specific information about patients, and eventually improve the flow of patients going directly to areas of the hospital that are more suited to their care. Additionally, it could be used as an assessment tool in ERs to reduce redundancy in questioning by having patients fill out the questionnaire; nurses and doctors would then be able to review and confirm each patient’s symptoms and medical history more swiftly in order to better direct their care.