Almost a third of all cases of unintentional medication non-adherence are caused by forgetfulness. Failure to adherence is a serious problem that not only affects the patient but also the healthcare system. Medication non-adherence in patients leads to substantial worsening of disease, death and increased health care costs. We were inspired to design an app that acts as a pharmacist-physician-patient interface. Our vision is to improve medication adherence in seniors with Alzheimer's or Dementia.
What it does
MedLoop is an interactive pill reminder app that allows an easy and seamless interaction between physician, pharmacist and patient. MedLoop tracks the frequency and timing that the patient takes their medication. A reminder will go off for the patient to take their medication, and the patient will respond to the reminder via a google home device. Therefore, if the patient does not know if they have taken their medication, they can simply ask their google home device. In addition, it provides physician with an accurate and reliable estimation of the timing and frequency that the patient is administering their medication If a patient is not taking their medication, it allows the physician to discuss this with the patient at their next doctor’s meeting. Further, it automatically notifies the pharmacy for refills when the patient is close to finishing their prescription.
How we built it
We utilized the google cloud platform to create a project that interacts with Dialogflow to create conversations with the virtual assistant and keep track of response while also providing follow-ups.
Challenges we ran into
With limited experience in Dialogflow and Figma we ran into a few challenges when executing our ideas. However, after hours of perseverance and patience we were able to develop a functional prototype. Another problem we ran into was that some of the resources online were outdated. With only 24 hours, timing was also an issue. However, work delegation based on strengths proved to be a very helpful tool that allowed development of of an app. As a team we are very proud of ourselves for persevering through these challenges and being able to see our vision come to fruition.
Accomplishments that we are proud of
We are proud that as a group of students we came together to effectively collaborate and identify a current healthcare issue that vulnerable populations experience. Further, we are glad that we developed an app in 24hrs that attempts to increase medication adherence rates in vulnerable populations and make a real impact for vulnerable populations.
What we learned
This project encompassed a variety of coding languages and frameworks that we were not previously familiar with. The workshops enabled us to learn the languages that we were not familiar with. Not only did we learn the workings of front and back end design, but also the business aspect such as the feasibility. On a non-technical view point, we learned that task delegation and a plan of action are very important tools in succeeding to create an app in an efficient and timely manner.
What's next for MedLoop
In the future we hope to expand on some functionalities of the app itself. For example, we want to add in an allergy aspect to the app, that enables the physician and pharmacist to see the patient's allergies. Following refinements to the app, we plan on maximizing patient outreach through promotion by the government, physicians and pharmacists.