A project to help medical workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Smartwatch and digital applications to track patients' vitals to help streamline medical workers' work.
With the number of patients that have to be treated in the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a huge pressure on medical workers to prioritise patients and give them the proper care.
Influx of patients
We have 3.5 doctors to every 1000 Australians, a higher number in other countries. However, this still strains the amount of attention given to each patient.
High infection rate
COVID-19 is a contagious disease, there is a higher chance of medical workers to be infected due to being at close proximity with the patients. If they are infected, they are unable to work and there will be a shortage of them.
Age is a factor
The median age of doctors has risen from 44 (2001) to 45 (2011) and the median age of nurses has risen from 42 (2001) to 45 (2011). With older individuals more vulnerable to mortalities from COVID-19, it is important to decrease interaction amongst healthcare workers.
When we came up with the idea, we researched the main vitals doctors track for COVID-19 and did a competitor analysis on other smartwatches in the market. We asked the opinions of doctors and found out that doctors are not allowed to wear anything below their elbows and some hospital uses iPad to track patients' recovery progress. Then, we prioritise the important information needed on the app and wireframed it.
Our smartwatch tracks the patients 5 vitals (temperature, head rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate and sp02) and sends it directly to the doctor via our QuickVitals app so that they can give them the proper treatment on time, decreasing the time it takes to check records and communicate to nurses. Doctors' workflows will be streamlined they have more time to treat the next patient, and they'll know when the patient is in critical need of help. This could save patient's lives.
Design for Accessibility
The colours are checked with a Contrast Checker and made sure that it is WCAG Level AAA.
Our smartwatch has a minimal design and an interface that displays the patient's name and code clearly based on the hospital's medical records. With white text and a back base, the text is easily readable because of the strong contrast. When the patient recovered and discharged, the watch can be sanitised and another patient's details will be on it.
There are many smartwatches out there with countless features to help each Individual with their fitness and personal needs, such as the Fitbit and Apple watch, but because our watch is geared to help track vitals only, it will go for a much more affordable price at about $50.
The information and tasks needed to be done by the doctor are laid out clearly with patients in critical condition at the top and highlighted in red.
Ease their worries
Getting infected with COVID-19 can be very worrying, so we made a mobile app for family members and guardians to access live updates on the patient's wellbeing. This could avoid them from frequenting the hospital and be exposed to the disease too.
From the logo, I want to show that it is a vitals tracking app by extending the "V" and making it look like vital readings. I chose purple as the main colour because it signifies devotion and dignity, communicating that the medical workers are dedicated to treat patients from the deadly disease. Lastly, most medical-related apps have a blue colour scheme so it would stand out from the competition.
For the app logo, I used the initials "QV" to simplify the logo and to make it look like vital readings.
Hackathon: Hack The Crisis Australia
UX Design: Chloe
Developer: Ram Adhitya