Team 3J3 – Narrowing Down

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After reaching out to various types of health leaders in the community, we have been able to reach 3 different How Can We statements. 1. How can we enable doctors to monitor long term patients in between visits? 2. How can we help families better understand diagnoses in a visually/ easily digestible way? 3. How can we help chronically ill or needy patients monitor their systems everyday?

To arrive at these HCWs, we first went through a long list of problem spaces in health including themes of scheduling, informatics, and sensor tracking. We also investigated global record systems for health, disease, and death in order to create a network of data that can be analyzed for geographical trends. Overall, we are conducting more research and interviews in order to narrow down our problem space to a viable disease/condition that would fit our HCW statements adequately. We are excited about the possibility of finding new and useful applications of wearable technology and making interactions more effective between doctors and patients. This would ideally be accomplished without intruding in the lives of our users. Our potential solution would not only make lives longer, but also give patients the assurance of stable health status.

Team 3J3 – Exploring Our Problem Space

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We spent the past week researching different problems in healthcare and finding different potential mentors and community partners to work with. At the meeting, we shared our findings. There were three general areas where we felt like we could make an impact: personal health, problems with the Duke Hospital, and problems in the Durham community such as alcoholism and addiction. Over the next week or two, we will be reaching out to different experts in the various areas of health care to further narrow down our problem space. We will also be conducting more secondary research on the different problems to help us find an area where we feel like we can make a tangible impact.