American culture has been evolving into allowing people to get what they want, when they want it and generally from whomever they want. This form of thinking doesn't correlate with healthcare services, time depends on demand and accessibility can be altered by different factors. It is clearly that one of the main challenges the healthcare industry is facing are the long waiting times for a patient to receive medical attention. This can cause further medical complications or create a “hate culture” towards hospitals or health care facilities. Furthermore, Maryland is known by having the worst emergency department waiting times in the US. The average waiting time is 53 min before seeing a healthcare professional, compared to the national average of 22 min. Research tells that there are many factors contributing to this issue, however there are 5 major elements; behavioral health crisis, Medicaid expansion, more comprehensive clinical screenings, a nursing shortage, and patients who don’t truly need emergency care. The biggest reason delays occur in the emergency departments is the time that takes to transfer an admitted patient from the ER to an available bed in the appropriate part of the hospital. Most patients enter the hospital via the ER, even if they lack an emergency, creating a crowded environment and lengthening the waiting time. One in five Marylander requires treatment for mental health and/or substance use disorders, and many are seeking care in hospital emergency departments. These people need to be redirected to the appropriate facility, because they are taking possible emergency spots. Our app uses these criteria to match users to a hospital and allow them to make an appointment, and transfer/access their records to/from that hospital. Aims to reduce waiting times and allows patients to manage their health care from one application. This application includes features that will encourage users to use the interface since many hospitals already have applications but lack of basic features that users would like to have. About only 2% of the population utilizes the hospitals app, out intend is to increase this number and decrease waiting times in healthcare facilities by reducing agglomerations in certain places.
Long wait times and lack of information has always been a source of doubt for patients who aim to seek medical attention. These factors are especially prevalent during the current time of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, it is crucial for a non-interactive/face-to-face platform to exist that can efficiently and systematically provide essential information, regarding medical available, to patients.
What it does
Use these criteria to match users to a hospital (Maryland Area) based on their needs and urgency level and allow them to make an appointment, transfer/access their records to/from that hospital and fill pre-screening forms. Aims to reduce waiting times and allows patients to manage their health care from one application.
How we built it
We built it using Microsoft PowerApps. We separated the functions of the app between the group members, with each of us specializing on a certain task on the app.
Challenges we ran into
Lack of knowledge and experience for app development
Gaining hospital trust to use patient data
Strong cybersecurity with in hospitals data and shareable information
Establishing constant communication with hospitals so no information is lost. Making it easy for hospitals to provide data without increasing workload for the staff Tracking bed availability
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud that we were able to use a new platform we were unfamiliar with to create an app prototype, and that our collaborative efforts lead to us completing the task on time!
Encourages the population to seek health care, eliminating nuisances, such as wait time and lack of information. Has the potential to reduce wait time in hospitals overall, reducing mental stress and work requirements of the hospital’s staff.
Make an application that is user-friendly to people who are less tech savvy, but also provides enough detail to add and track medical information, including user information, insurance information, and what hospitals near you have the best availability
What we have learned
We learned how to use Microsoft PowerApps, as we were all completely new to it.
What's next for T2 Innovation Challenge Submission: M.M.P
The team aims to build a larger network with local and national hospitals around the nation. As a result, users can choose from a larger selection of hospitals. Eventually, with a large enough network, The Maryland Medical Project can become The American Medical Project, where patients all around the United States will have access to the application, not just residents of Maryland. The team also plans on adding features of safety policies, room availability, and a virtual tour of hospitals.