The second collaboration between iDAT and another course/group of practitioners was today. We went up to the Marjon (Peninsula Allied Health Centre) campus to work with nursing, physio and dietitian students all under the Healthcare umbrella. IBM were also there to give a hand and talk about Smarter Healthcare.
It was only a one day thing, but it was really good to see the 4 groups of mixed iDAT and health students coming up with some promising ideas incorporating the Smarter Healthcare ethos. My group came up with an intelligent mattress cover that would use heat, pressure and moisture sensors embedded into the fabric to detect areas of a patient at risk of getting bed sores. The patient would be identified by a RFID in their patient wrist band and this would link to their medical records on a database, so the mattress/hospital bed would be able to know who is currently laying on it. From these medical records the mattress cover would be able to find out what the patients water/skin rating was (which apparently is a rating of how venerable to bed sores the patient is) and then the system can remind nurses at the nurses station or over an app to check on patients most at risk within the appropriate timescales. It would also log the pressure points and therefore log when a patient had been moved or adjusted which not only benefits the patient but is good for hospital admin to make sure adjustments had been made.
After looking online I found some people have already been developing an idea similar to ours which you can find here. So evidently it is a good idea! I learnt a fair amount of medical info and stats during this collaboration and found it useful to get more experience collaborating with peers in a new industry, this time health!