BME Global Health Project (previously unstarted) that asks for an improved COVID-19 diagnostics test for college students.
What it does
The app is designed to be embedded in Canvas. Takes data from mobile clinics (food trucks) and updates app with location of current open testing spots on campus. Displays current capacity/number of people in virtual line and an estimated waiting time. Student hops into virtual line, receives a randomly generated QR Code, receives notification when it's their turn to get tested.
Student walks up to truck, scans QR Code, gives nasal swab sample, and leaves. Trucks are equipped with several of the Rutgers rapid COVID-19 test w/ molecular beacons tech in the Abbott ID NOW system. 15 minutes later, results are obtained and inputted into system. App takes data and displays result in notification for student.
Note: This whole project of mine is probably more of a proposed system/solution to make COVID-19 diagnostic testing viable for students in the fall. The really good thing about this is due to the nature of the diagnostic testing technology, this can pretty easily be swapped out/adjusted if we have a new pandemic as soon as a genome is sequenced. The key is taking the testing process out of the lab, making it faster, diverting the logistics issue of moving samples around, getting students their results as fast as possible, and getting people tested while avoiding the issue of crowding them together as they wait to be tested.
How we built it
Was not built.
Challenges we ran into
My computer was very slow and it's my first time trying app development. I downloaded Flutter and Android Studio and the Android phone emulator couldn't start and kept timing out. Had trouble navigating how the Slack and virtual environment of HackRU worked, so I was really lost on how to find teammates. I did try but didn't really succeed.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
I got the emulator to work and it took awhile but I figured out why the default Flutter app wasn't working and fixed that. Set up Android Studio with Flutter, got the default Flutter counter app to work on the webpage version. (Not sure why it started out with bugs) Honestly, I watched a lot of videos and learned some cool stuff about the app development process that way. (Mostly the workshop and something a mentor suggested)
What we learned
I need coding experience lol. Also got to see how apps can be developed. This was a really cool experience for me, especially since I really only started learning Java in intro to cs this semester.
What's next for RUtested
Next is to keep trying. I'm submitting now because it's late and too much to be learning overnight by myself. I plan on actually creating a prototype app over the course of a few more days and testing it with dummy data. I'm also planning on seeing if I can get this all running on another computer that can actually handle it.