Our goal was to address the problem of inaccessibility to timely and appropriate health care. Our team members have all experienced difficulty accessing our health records in timely fashion, even losing records and having to chase down old doctors to find forms. While decades ago patients often only went to a general practitioner for care, nowadays patients receive care from family physicians as well as multiple specialist services; this segmentation has created difficulties receiving and organizing patient records. For people having to care for others (children, seniors) this process can be even more troublesome. This has caused unnecessary wait times for appointments, confusion, and costs. People are legally required access to their health records but the vast majority do not have them readily on them. The first step towards improving patient engagement and empowerment in their health care decisions is by becoming informed.
What it does
Vaxpass allows individuals to hold their own data and the ability to share their data with family members. As countries are currently shifting towards electronic medical records, it’s important patients have access to their own data. Vaxpass allows this. Their records can be stored offline, and select information rapidly shared to external parties (when needed) via a QR code. For example, an individual presenting to a vaccination clinic can share their prior immunization record to the clinic via the QR code, rather than waste time retrieving documents and having them be sent over. This is further critical in cases where substitute-decision makers are taking incapable persons for health services, and for migrating populations such as refugees (who may struggle to receive their prior records). Vaxpass not only gathers information from the past, but can record and log current health measures (such as vital signs, symptoms experienced, etc.) in real-time so individuals can actively monitor responses to immunizations or more. Vaxpass offers the ability to log this information manually, or collect particular data from health devices (such as an Apple watch). In cases of emergency, or if someone is seeking general health education, our friendly chat bot can answer common medical questions and decide if urgent care (such as presentation to the hospital) is needed. Vaxpass plays a special role aiding in clinical decision making in the face of COVID-19 by connecting vaccine recipients to a virtual map where vaccines are administered, and monitoring for adverse effects following administration to provide first aid instruction or recommend urgent care as needed.
How we built it
We began by researching the problem, why it’s important, and brainstormed feasible ways to address it. We considered both sides - putting ourselves in the shoes of physicians and then patients to see how we can efficient address concerns. We then used FIGMA to develop the application.
Challenges we ran into
- Addressing issues of confidentiality and cybersecurity of data
- Planning how to logically implement our product into practice (incentives for physician and patient adoption).
Accomplishments that we’re proud of
- Creating this product in such a small timeframe.
- Working in an interdisciplinary team across the world!
What we learned
- We learned how large the problem of inaccessibility is, and the importance of addressing this issue.
- We learned how quickly big ideas can be put into action through teamwork!
What’s next for Vaxpass
- Finalizing our chat box feature
- Testing out data sharing and offline storage
Vaxpass Presentation link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/148l_ZiaKjwAmomTVowInsroNmgjJxRO0Xecezq6sCLQ/edit?usp=sharing