Inspiration and Background:
Inspiration for this project, as a continuation of the Winning Hackathon submission titled "On-Demand Intensive Care Patient Rooms," was the result of outreach by the Stevens Faculty and Team. A special thanks to Premal, Executive In Residence at Stevens Institute, for encouraging our participation in hack 2. As a result, the whole team was again encouraged to come together and go above and beyond. Since the first Hackathon, 42 Mobile ICUs have been deployed and used by COVID-19 Patients. With a total of a six-week delivery timeline from concept to delivery, the design, as presented in the first Stevens Hackathon, brought relief to the healthcare workers and patients affected by COVID during this unprecedented pandemic. Our challenge was to innovate upon our existing product, within the area of study and coordinating fieldwork during the Pandemic. Our goal was to implement Virtual and Augmented reality solutions that minimized work for field installation teams and provided a paperless and streamlined roadmap for assembly and modification of the Mobile ICU.
AR-VR Solution: Age-in-place and Post-Assembly response to "Social Distancing" challenges:
The design and deployment of Mobile ICUs' conceptualization to delivery was met with many physical and design constraints from mobile foundation design to medical ventilation and their components. In a Post-COVID-19 world, the immediate concern becomes the model for dis-assembly and re-assembly. In other words, how can we recover, re-use, and redeploy these Mobile ICU units given the constraints caused by COVID-19.
How WE built it:
As we did during Healthack 1, Healthack 2 started with a meeting of the minds. Conceptually AR-VR has been in the market or some time, albeit in silo-ed applications. The challenge would be to import the Mobile ICU model, conceptualize a productivity outcome and utilize Augmented reality and Virtual reality to Identify components, plan for assembly and dis-assembly in the field, and have digital communications moderate and minimize the need for social contact. BMarko Structures and our team worked closely with was Matt Stevenson of OUR SNRG. It was clear that there was an opportunity to integrate the facility configurations and the Virtual and Augmented tools available to the industry.
Challenges we ran into and the and "Small Wins":
Software compatibility leaves much to be desired across construction compatible design platforms. Specifically, the Augmented and Virtual reality interface was a challenging suite to modify and update. With limited functionality, but successful in overlaying different materials and components, a significant factor of the success of this iteration is the ability to tap and expand on equipment specifications, and a true-to-measurement accuracy of existing systems. This will enable field modifications, upgrades, and other add-ons with real-time overlay access to installation instruction without the physical presence of field supervision unless required by safety protocol.
What's next for ICU Patient Rooms JIT/On-Demand:
Our next design integration is to add elements of field-tested Falls prediction technology, cardio-vascular risk prediction research. The Mobile ICU Units continue to be supplied to hospital systems and other agencies with different life-cycle plans (dis-assembly vs. age-in-place). The concept will broaden to other Mobile Healthcare Lab Facilities as the need for COVID related facilities continues or is hopefully reduced. We are seeking to network with other healthcare systems in the Northeastern USA to supply these mobile and relocatable structures.