Q: HOW DO WE SHIFT DIAGNOSTICS TO THE HOME, TO EASE THE OVERLOAD OF PATIENTS ON THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM?
A: USE INEXPENSIVE EMERGING TECHNOLOGY TO REPLICATE PROVEN DIAGNOSTICS AT A FRACTION OF THE PRICE.
BLOOD LAB FOR THE HOME
I further developed my fluency with technology in a project where I looked to shift diagnostics from the hospital to the home.
SPEAKING WITH A LEAD NURSE
I did this because I found that nurses are vastly overbooked, so patients do not always get the care they need.
PROBLEMS WITH CURRENT DIAGNOSTICS
And while blood tests are currently the most effective method of diagnosis, lab tests require $40,000 equipment and tests can cost up to $8000, and tests take a while and often miss problems because they look for a limited scope.
I found people wanted something slightly medical looking, with a touch screen, that let people check their results with a medical professional.
I developed and chose the form based on surveys,
As well as through talking to people who could use a device like this to manage ongoing health issues, to find out what people really wanted.
By talking to experts in the field, I refined how the internal components fit into this product, and used models to test the form for usability.
REFINING THE INTERNALS
I sourced inexpensive parts created by places like U. Stanford and U. Illinois to identify particles in the blood by light frequency and density against the database being created by John Hopkins,
And looked at the whole life cycle of the product, from manufacturing of parts, to packaging and potential interfaces.
And the result was a product that, during user testing, generated the response of, “this product is perfect for me.”
WHAT IT DOES
It’s not just a form, product that uses inexpensive, cutting-edge technology to bring laboratory-level diagnostics to the home at a fraction of the price, free up hospital staff, save hospitals up to 15 mil over 5 years by outsourcing lab services.