Novo 4: Day 1

We are Novo team 4!

Our group members are:

Abhishek Vichare, Graduate: Computer Science (Pace University)

Lauren Gargiulo, Graduate: Occupational Therapy (Philadelphia University)

Candice Johnson, Senior: Health Science (Philadelphia University)

Stephanie Yue, Junior: Industrial Design (Philadelphia University)

Emily Monath, Sophomore: Industrial Design (Philadelphia University)

Deb Wang, Freshman: Engineering (Philadelphia University)

Yanbing Chen, Freshman: Undecided (Philadelphia University)

After meeting our group members, we split up and tried to gather as much information as we could by attending the workshop sessions. Lauren went to the lecture on genetic notes which she said was really interesting and exciting. She shared with us the human genome project is becoming more readily available with increasing technology and its only $1000 today. Also, when gathering genetic information is important not to study genes in isolation because they also code characteristics. She was so intrigued with the genetic topic that she went to Microbiome presentation. We learned that microbiome is characteristic to the individual and who knew we had 4-9 million non-redundant genes in us. And microbiomes can be used in forensic analysis but its is a difficult situation because of HIPPA laws and legality issues. Deb went to the Applications of Textile in Occupational Therapy workshop. She shared with us the capabilities of textiles for health such as increasing quality of life, preventing depression, increasing mobility, and many others. They have been utilized already in cystic fibrosis vests and childhood allergic reaction vests. Emily went to the Telehealth workshop and she shared with the group the limitations of telemedicine like connectivity and legality, but it has been becoming more and more popular for people who don’t want to sit in the office, the elderly, and those in rural areas.

We started brainstorming after this, throwing out ideas about problems in healthcare and possible solutions specific or broad. And at first it seemed like a confusing mess, but all of our good ideas stemmed from this chaos! We narrowed down our target to health professionals and then we brought up the idea of stress.

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Who is stressed in the health world? Doctors! They have such a high stress job and they have so many tasks to do that it is hard for them to have free time. So we thought, how could we create a product to reduce doctors’ stress by helping them chart or record data? Like a little doctor’s helper! So far we are imagining a little device that hangs in hospital rooms that is simple and inviting for the patient. It connects to the hospitals electronic medical records and records data for the doctor so he/she can put down the pen and have a conversation with the patient. The doctor talks and his helper (scribe) keeps track of conversations and inputs the data into the chart.

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