Having difficulty navigating through all of Purdue’s Health services and not being able to take full advantage of what the campus is able to provide is what initially inspired us to create Purdue Health Hub. We felt that having quick access to all the resources could help during emergency situations and alleviate anxiety in the future related to mental and physical health during this pandemic.
What it does
A centralized health-information center is needed now more than ever. The on-going spread of COVID-19 has taken its toll on the physical and mental health of millions worldwide. According to the CDC, anxiety disorder symptoms were reported 3 times more than in 2019. Depressive disorder symptoms were reported 4 times more than in 2019. Here at Purdue, we all realize that we must do our part in Protecting Purdue. How can we do this more efficiently?
Purdue Health Hub realizes the value that Purdue’s health services (PUSH, CAPS, CARE) offer to students. That is why we want to make it even EASIER for Purdue students to access these resources! Within the Android App, students can learn more about the free services offered to them as students. Simply typing in a keyword related to the medical issue they are having will take them to a new page detailing the resources or steps they need to take next. Separate tabs related to PUSH, CAPS, and CARE can also give students summarized information about provided services, their hours, and location. A separate tab on the home screen of the app helps Students understand when and how to get the Flu shot and how to show their proof of vaccination. Furthermore, they can answer a short personalized COVID-19 quiz to understand whether they should get tested, seek immediate medical assistance, or be on the lookout for COVID Symptoms. Together, with the help of Purdue Health Hub, we can Protect Purdue!
How we built it
We built Purdue Health Hub using Java, Android Studio, and File I/O for user inputted keywords.
Challenges we ran into
While coding this app, we faced a few challenges. The main challenge was learning how to work with Android Studio. None of us had any prior experience in working with Android Studio so we all learned together through various YouTube tutorials. Additionally, since we only had 24 hours we had to prioritize which ideas we wanted to implement in the app and how much time we wanted to spend for each task.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Considering this was the entire team's first time using Android studio and participating in a hackathon, we are extremely proud of ourselves for being able to learn how to use Android studio, think of the project idea, and then implementing those ideas into our code.
What we learned
It’s safe to say that we’ve learned a lot from coding this app. First of all, we learned the value of jumping headfirst into something without prior experience. This was our first Hackathon and none of us had any experience with Android Studio. Despite our lack of prior experience, we learned so many new tools and coding skills along the way. Among these new skills include learning the basic layout/syntax of Android Studio and working with buttons. Second of all, we learned the importance of teamwork. We each had different strengths and weaknesses that affected how we coded the app and who coded what. In the end, we got the job done!
What's next for Purdue Health Hub
In the future we want to update the app so that users are able to make appointment for the various Purdue health services and call the listed phone numbers directly from the app. Additionally, we want to create a user specific login to store data for each user and make the app more personalized. Lastly, we would like to create a more in depth key word search bar so that users are able to type in a wider range of words related to their medical problem and be directed to the correct medical service they are in need of. We feel this could be very beneficial in times of emergencies when students may not have enough time to go through the entire Purdue website or are too anxious and may not think logically about the next steps that they should take in a medical emergency.