A first responder team responds to a 911 call to find an unresponsive victim. They scan the QR code on the person’s phone or card and get information volunteered by the patient when they register such as underlying conditions, medications he or she is taking and allergies.
That was the winning idea for the second Startup Weekend Health held in Philadelphia.
The idea behind the QR code scan is that it would be a personalized system to reduce the risk of medical errors by avoiding medication or treatment that could conflict with medication the patient is taking, pre-existing conditions or allergies. It would also simultaneously alert emergency contacts through a text message
The QR code is part of an enterprise solution that will be offered to health plans. David Bendell, the team leader of In Case of Emergency (mICE), pitched the idea Friday night. Forty-eight hours later a seven-member team that included bioengineers, software developers, and a pharmacy and a nursing school student put the technology and business plan together, condensed the information into the kind of pitch that leaves listeners wondering how they had managed so long without it. The group also developed an app that allows users to send an SOS message to various contacts.
The team’s prize is securing an interview with DreamIt Health for its four-month accelerator to be housed at Venturef0rth, which hosted the Startup Weekend. Runners up got an extension on the application deadline.
Bendell and lead developer Tanvir Aslam, both international students, may have a bittersweet victory if they can’t secure full time jobs before their visas expire in May.
The concept of an emergency QR code for individuals is one that’s been evolving in the healthcare industry. Code Amber Alertag has a similar idea but markets directly to consumers. Lifesquare also has been developing a QR code system.
An idea for a radiology platform that provides a multilingual service for second opinions came in second. Radiologist Jose Morey’s US Med Experts is building a group of radiologists through medical societies like the American Board of Radiology to provide personalized interpretations of X-rays and scans. In a short demonstration, a radiologist discusses an X-ray circling areas of concern and detailing his assessment.
A group called KnowMe led by Kerry McLaughlin developed a personalized care system for nursing homes to drive patient satisfaction and help nursing homes to more competitively recruit members. Caregivers enter personal information about their likes and dislikes and nursing home staff track their emotional and physical status to avoid stress, falls and other adverse events.
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