Our final product the “Holo Medic” is a system to improve the communication between doctors and rescue assistants. It allows doctors to see the accident through the eyes of the rescue assistant and let’s them debate about further steps to help the patient. You could say it’s a one way video with a two way audio call. In our video prototype we realised this concept with a HoloLens but it could be done with most head-mounted displays that are capable to process audio and video in real time. For the transmission we planed on using the telecommunication infrastructure, because in times of LTE sending a video stream in decent quality isn’t a problem anymore.
As one might already see one of the biggest improvements would be that the doctor can see the injuries right at the place of accident and would be better prepared for a possible surgery. Another big improvement would be the direct communication between doctor and rescue assistant so the doctor can advise the assistant to properly take care of the victim. The last enhancement is the ability to show additional information like a navigation system to get to the accident faster or information about the patient like previous injuries or allergies on the display.
The next step would be to make some more iterations of the methods we learned to further refine our concept. Afterwards we have to complete the implementation of the user interface and establish a communication end point for the doctors.
Our team is very excited to present to you this video prototype of our solution, Medicon.
Medicon is an accessible service which allows medical and healthcare professionals to select from various types of ready-made and extensively curated informative content. Such content includes, but is not limited to, articles, explanation videos and infographics.
With these at hand, experts may compile any and all information relevant to a patient’s diagnosis into a comprehensive e-pamphlet, which may then be made available through an automatically generated QR-Code. Once a patient is in possession of said code, they may access this pamphlet from anywhere, at any time they wish, allowing them to fully inform themselves about every aspect of their respective condition.
The pamphlet itself is tied into our Medicon application, which offers easy navigation and perusal of the information specifically selected for the patient, but also additional advice and other pertinent data.
Sections of Medicon covers a large amount of topics such as causes, prevention, progression and available treatments, among many others, for common and rare medical conditions of all kinds. Not only does this breadth of knowledge help to alleviate patient anxiety, but is also capable of aiding significantly in ensuring a successful and swift recovery process by enabling patients to avoid detrimental behavior and better comply with instructions by medical personnel.
Finally, while our solution would have apparent and tangible benefits in its current form, it is far from a finished product ready for the market. Future efforts would be focused toward creating a prototype directly usable in real life situations and allowing medical staff to test it extensively. It is absolutely essential to incorporate user feedback through several iterations to improve overall usability and deliver a product that noticeably improves the quality of life of its users.
We hope you enjoyed following our progress throughout this workshop!
What use is the most effective medicine if taken incorrectly? What use is the most advanced medical technology when patients dread the sight of them? Once faced with these and several other dilemmas, our team instead decided to tackle the heart of the issue; that which brought to fall countless innovations whenever neglected: communication.
Specifically, communication between healthcare professionals and their patients.
After conducting user research and thoroughly analyzing our findings, we concentrated our efforts on ideation to build a foundation of concepts from which to continue our work. In the end, through careful consideration, only one fully addressed the issue at hand and stands as the clear winner: Medicon.
Medicon (a portmanteau of “medical” and “lexicon”) is both an application and a service designed to facilitate communication within the medical sector. It aims to eliminate misunderstandings caused by the use of complex terminology during conversation, which in turn may ease patient anxiety after diagnoses.
We enable healthcare professionals to quickly compile information relevant to individual medical cases into a comprehensive and easy-to-understand electronic pamphlet. Viewable at any time or location through a QR code, our solution strives to provide accessibility and convenience.
Over the coming days we are focused on creating a prototype to demonstrate the viability of our concept in the context of everyday interactions. To this end we created the storyboard pictured above, which we are currently translating into a video project to both inform and entertain interested parties.
After doing quite a lot of user research, ideation and brainstorming, we came up with the idea of an interactive pillar. Our main point is to make outdoor sports activities more attractive by linking it to the users social network. An integrated graphical user interface allows the user to create sports events.
Most people are more likely to do sports in groups rather than on their own. Keeping this in mind, imagine a guy playing alone on a big basketball court. By setting up pillars on sports grounds users are able to invite their friends to come and play together. Friends are notified via a mobile application installed on their smartphones and now have the opportunity to accept or reject the invitation. Their decision is synchronized automatically on the pillar and furthermore shows, based on ones GPS coordinates, the estimated time of arrival of each friend. Once every friend has arrived the game begins. As an additional feature, our pillar shows live scores by making use of sensors integrated in baskets, goals etc.
All in all, the pillar can be described as a social gathering point for people who like to do sports in groups. It encourages people to go outside, do more physical activities and therefore contributes to a more healthy lifestyle.
For the last couple of days we focused on developing our final concept by analyzing the data collected in our user research. For that various ideation tools were provided. We discovered that handwritten documentation is still very common in hospitals, sometimes they even have to document things twice because they also have to digitalize the paperwork. This causes a huge time loss. To mitigate this loss of time we came up with the idea of a digital clipboard.
By using this device, the handwriting of a doctor on a sheet of paper gets digitalized immediately and transferred to the patient file on the integrated tablet directly. As a result of that you will not lose the familiar haptic feeling of writing on a sheet of paper and save a lot of time. Furthermore colleagues can proceed with the entered patient data immediately as shown in our storyboard.
After gloriously completing our field search and the evaluation of our interviews we proceeded with different brainstorming methods to collect and rank our ideas. The biggest problems arise in the field of communication between doctors as well as between doctor and patient.
We plan on making a video about a communication system for future rescue assistants to be able to call a doctor for advise during emergency situations. This would be helpful not only during the training of new rescue assistants but also for experienced ones in more advanced situations. Another advantage would be that the medical staff at hospitals would be better prepared for incoming emergency patients and therefore could prepare for possible surgeries.
It is a highly ambitious plan but with a functioning and well educated team one can achieve everything.
The systems name is still highly confidential but will be announced soon.
Over the last week, we as a team have been working with the data collected through the numerous interviews. After an in-depth analysis, we have come to the conclusion that the communication between doctors is insufficient. Medical records of a patient are primarily saved in analog form, thus transferring records from one doctor’s office to the next is very time-consuming. Not only is time wasted, but the patient lacks control of his own records.
Team A – Storyboard
Through various breakout sessions, in which ideation techniques were used, and through many diverging and converging phases our solution, to the previously mentioned inadequate state, was formed and is called “Smart eCard”. The card is equipped with a memory chip. This allows doctors to save the patients medical records directly on the card and obtain all necessary information needed for the treatment without making patients wait or fill out forms.
MySchoolbox is an online collaborative application for primary school teachers providing digital organization of teaching materials, automated planning, lessons preparation and automated printing into the classroom.
The teachers upload their material to My Schoolbox where it is available for all colleagues. When someone wants to create their schedule for the coming week he gets worksheet suggestions based on the general lesson plan for each subject. When completed they can immediately print their records to their respective classrooms instead of the common teachers’ room. After class the sheets can also be rated, so the quality of the used material is steadily improved. All this can be done at home, at work or on the go.
The benefits are closely linked to digitalization which saves space and time and enables mobility. The search for material is simplified and the teamwork is strenghened. Since all the steps of lesson peparation are combined in one tool certain tasks can be automated. My Schoolbox undertakes the creation of the weeks documentation, the sorting by corriculum and sending the material to the printer.
For the next steps we have a broad variety of challenges we can tackle. The most interesting next feature is the integration of internal communication between the teachers and external communication from the teacher to the parents in our app. This would replace the huge pile of paper that gets wasted every day by printing everything that needs to be officially communicated. Another interesting topic is the digitalization of the whole evaluation process. Starting from the automated blue-penciling of exams to translating school certificates for parents with migrant background.
Over the last few days we did a lot of work on different steps towards our current concept. We started of on tuesday last week doing our user research with primary teachers here in Munich. Over the next few days we went through a lot of different ideas which each tackled a different problem. With the help of the provided tools we got deeper into their problems and forged our concept which can now be roughly described as the following: A plattform for teachers that will feature a school wide printing queue, a bavarian wide shared storage for lesson material, a post lesson rating system and a fully automated planning system tied to the curriculum. This will give the teachers the opportunity to collaborate more easily and save time, paper and storage space. We are strongly looking forward to the video prototyping that will take place over the next few days.
After reviewing our collected data from the interviews, we were visualizing the main ideas with an affinity diagram. We were then continuing to narrow down things using a swim lane diagram, which turned out to be a powerfull tool.
Describing the overall use-cases in a storyboard we came out with the following concept: AvaLog
There are many observers in the field who support the Bavarian Avalanche Centre with important facts about the avalanche situation of a certain area. Though, this data is not exchanged digitally between both parties. Still, the centre is calling every single observer and asks for the information.
What’s the concept all about?
Here our idea steps in! We are proud to present AvaLog – the Avalanche Logging application for mobile devices! There are no time consuming telephone calls anymore! After the observer checks the conditions he/she fires up AvaLog, notes down the data and sends them straight to the Bavarian Avalanche Centre!
Time savings as phone calls are omitted, which in turn leads to faster publishing of the avalanche report.