Problems we are solving
Imagine a person next to you is injured. Would you know what to do? According to the UN Report, every year, 1.2 Million died in traffic accidents & another 50 million people are seriously injured or disabled. These numbers don’t even include accidents at work or injuries suffered at home. According to the British Red Cross in up to 60% of the cases first aid could save lives. But when it comes to actually help only a fraction of the people are trained and confident enough to act.
Explain the reason why you took an interest in this problem.
Last year a man died in a full tram. When he falls over only one of the passengers called an ambulance. None of them provided first aid. It could have saved his life. Nobody should die like that.
Describe the team’s capacity and skills to solve this problem.
Our team consists of experienced engineers coming from different disciplines (Fullstack Developers, Data Science, AI, VR/AR) while accompanied by a business and marketing team that is capable of rapidly developing the business case of the product and communicating the benefits to the public and the stake-holders. We plan to develop a prototype that enables medical professionals to guide layman at the scene through a combination of video streaming and augmented reality, utilizing the speed of the 5G network. Further we plan to train an AI with the data we collect from those incentives to provide a basic version of this guidance to people in remote areas or places with lack of medical access.
What is the generally-known cause of this problem? What is the fundamental cause that your team has discovered?
Lack of Confidence & Knowledge According to a study only 1 in 5 Germans would be confident enough to provide first aid in case of an emergency British study only 5% of its citizens are confident and trained enough to provide first aid in case of an emergency. As only about this percentage is trained in first-aid you would think the problem lies in a lack of knowledge. But even in Germany with one of the best first-aid-trained populations (80%) in europe only about 1 in 5 would be confident enough to act. It seems that although a better training leads to more engagement the problem can’t solely be tackled by training the population. As stated by experts, even those who did a first-aid course are afraid in doing something wrong and thus making it worse. The problem isn’t about a lack of knowledge but a lack of confidence.
Briefly describe your team's solution to this problem and the role 5G plays in the solution.
FirstActKit is an App which assists first responders at the scene of an accident such as car crashes, heart attacks, injuries, etc. Through the app users can live stream the situation in 5g, enabling medical professionals/ paramedics to analyze the situation and give recommendations in real time as the ambulance approaches the accident scene. AR and 3D models make sure that the instructions are as clear and easily understandable as possible. This way firstActkit not only ensures the best possible care for the victims but breaks the bystander effect by giving concrete tasks to the people on-site. But that’s not where we’ll stop! Since our system needs a medical professional it won’t work well where it’s needed the most: In developing countries. That’s why we aim to train an AI algorithm with the data from those prior livestreams to provide real time analyzes and guidance at the scene without a professional needed. Thus enabling people worldwide to save lives no matter where they live.
In what way is your team’s solution innovative?
firstActkit combines cutting edge technology to empower people to help others. While live streaming will be common thanks to 5G and AR is already used for things like maintenance, our approach goes beyond that.
Our smart visualization powered by AI can assist people during the live streams in places where it’s not easy for an ambulance to arrive on time and provide help during an emergency. FirstActKit is also easily uploadable(better word) into new emerging hardware like smart glasses but can also be used to upgrade the effectiveness of existing solutions like first aid boxes in cars. Therefore having the potential to improve the standard of healthcare worldwide.
What is the anticipated social impact your team’s solution will bring in 5 years?
Our vision is to reduce 95% of preventable injuries and mortality caused by lack of first aid. According to St John Ambulance, in the UK alone this could save around 150 thousands people per year. Given the number of accidents every year in the EU we aim to have collected data by then to make an AI powered FirstActKit also a solution for countries that lack the medical expertise and don’t have the access to first aid courses. No matter if they got into a traffic accident, got a heart attack or are choking. We want to get everybody the best care they can get and nobody to just stand by. Thus tackling not only one but two sustainable goals of the UN.
What are the next steps/milestones of your project? Which hurdles may arise?
We plan to validate our approach by discussing this problem further with those who have encountered similar situations (both first responder, victims and paramedics). We need to also create a strategy to sign up local hospitals and paramedics to assist emergencies. Developing App side of our project is possible as we have engineering team that could do this. Further, we need to also discuss how to best approach a first aid situation with medical experts as we need to define our strategy to create our AI model based on the data we get through our livestream functionality. In general the biggest challenges are:
Communicating the existence of the product to the stakeholders and convincing them to use it
Building and testing the cutting edge AI model that can conduct an analysis of the situation and suggest the performance of first aid based on the data collected