Steven Hatch spent the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia volunteering as a doctor. In his 2017 book Inferno: A Doctor’s Ebola Story, Hatch identifies a glaring problem with the inability to gather information during such an outbreak. Because of the deadly nature of Ebola, Emergency Care Units (ECU) had to be extremely cautious about what left the contaminated ‘hot zones,’ and this was often done by incinerating everything. Using a small, inexpensive and portable computer such as the Raspberry Pi, we sought to make a device and complementary software to analyze the verbal notes doctors would take on their patients to provide real time, analyzed data back to other ECU’s in the cold zone, and beyond to research institutions.
What it does
Using a small, inexpensive and portable Raspberry Pi, we sought to make a device and complementary software to analyze (in real time) the verbal notes that doctors take. This data will further be analyzed and sent to other Emergency Care Units (ECUs) in the cold zone and various research locations.
How I built it
We utilized the raspberry pi and other resources that were available to us. We put in a lot of time and effort in researching various methods that we attempted in order to create our product and visualizations.
Challenges I ran into
We were initially challenged with the configuration of raspberry pi to complete the speech to text encoding. This took us a lot of effort, but after a lot of debugging, we were able to make it work!
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We are very proud with all of the work that was accomplished. We were all able to work very well together. The thing we are mos proud of is that we took our idea and brought it into fruition with relatively few complete roadblocks. Even most of the problems we ran into along the way were temporary.
What I learned
We learned that with lots of hard, diligent work that it is possible to accomplish things you didn't know you could. At a basic level, we learned many skills relating to the Raspberry Pi and how to configure software on it.
What's next for Sexy HackScent
In addition to the great value that Pathology sPI would bring to the AbbVie organization, there is a huge business opportunity with the combination of tools that we have developed. Has great applicability in any instance where one needs to aggregate large amounts of simple notes and analyze them on a real-time basis. Potential uses are in AbbVie drug trials and other industrial environments where Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required.
** Our website contains more information. The dropbox link contains the code. **