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Mini Hackathon: Smart Healthcare

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Welcome to your new role as a software engineer at Gleneagles Hospital, a leading healthcare institution dedicated to providing exceptional patient care. As you settle into your position, you become aware of the challenges faced by doctors and medical professionals in their day-to-day operations.

Doctors often encounter difficulties in managing patient records and appointments efficiently. The existing systems for tracking patient information are outdated, leading to time-consuming administrative tasks and potential errors. Additionally, doctors find it challenging to stay updated with the latest medical research and advancements, which affects their ability to provide the most current and effective treatments to patients.

Furthermore, the process of monitoring patient vital signs and ensuring continuous remote patient care is cumbersome and labor-intensive. Doctors and medical staff struggle to stay connected with patients outside of the hospital, resulting in suboptimal care for those who require ongoing monitoring and support. The lack of seamless communication channels and intuitive platforms for remote consultations hinders the delivery of timely and convenient healthcare services.

In your role as a software engineer at Gleneagles Hospital, you discover the challenges faced by doctors and medical professionals in patient record management, staying updated with medical research, remote patient monitoring, and seamless telemedicine consultations. With limited access to hardware and image/signal processing, you are tasked with proposing Python-based software solutions that leverage general APIs to address these challenges. By focusing on data, artificial intelligence, and intuitive user interfaces, your innovative solutions aim to enhance healthcare delivery, optimize operational efficiency, and improve patient outcomes at Gleneagles Hospital.

Design Thinking

To help you in designing your solution, you may want to apply the principles of design thinking.

Empathize: In the empathize phase, designers aim to understand the needs, motivations, and behaviors of the users or stakeholders. It involves gathering insights through research, interviews, and observations to develop a deep understanding of their experiences.

Define: In the define phase, designers synthesize the information gathered during empathy to clearly articulate the problem statement or design challenge. This step helps establish a clear direction for the design process and ensures a shared understanding among the team.

Ideate: In the ideate phase, designers generate a wide range of creative solutions without judgment or constraints. It involves brainstorming and exploring different possibilities to address the defined problem or challenge.

Prototype: In the prototype phase, designers create tangible representations of their ideas to bring them to life. Prototypes can take various forms, from low-fidelity sketches to interactive mock-ups, allowing designers to quickly test and iterate on their concepts.

Test: In the test phase, designers gather feedback by presenting their prototypes to users or stakeholders. This step helps evaluate the usability, effectiveness, and desirability of the solutions. Testing provides valuable insights to refine and improve the design iteratively.

What to do?

[5 – 8 mins] – Think and define your problem

[5 – 10 mins] – Use “How might we” to generate possible focused problem statement

[10 mins]  – Draw a draft mockup of your user interface

[20 mins] – Create the interface on TKinter