Health Band

Cristian Zamarripa
(941) 284-6052
Ryan Elliott
(904) 687-4799
Bryant Browning
(941) 716-2633
Bilal Mughal
(850) 339-9828
Umair Mughal
(850) 345-7648
Aldrinique Ferdinand
(850) 980-5181
Brett Westenberger
(727) 364-8092
Outline: Our ultimate goal is to provide an efficient way of alerting emergency services, such as paramedics, police, emergency contacts, etc. In the case of a medical emergency by the usage of an armband. Not only would the armband provide constant security through GPS tracking, but as well as the ability to detect ones heart rate, and contain vital medical records.

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Next meeting: 12/03 Tuesday at 5:00 PM
Objective for next meeting: Rehearse for the presentation.

Problem Statement

  • As we are living in 21st century, circumstances have changed and living individually alone at house has become very common these days.

  • There is no one to care about those individuals in the case of emergencies and sometimes, they just die because of no medical approach given at the time of emergency.

  • There are many situations where a young healthy person may need the emergency medical attention so that is why we have designed Health Band to minimize the cases like these.

Evidence to support the problem

  • While some statistics show the response time of EMS being relatively fast, USA today reports otherwise, stating that it sometimes takes up 30 minutes to reach patients in need of medical assistance.

  • Another study shows that 50 of the biggest cities in the United States only report a small portion of response times, with the overwhelming majority of the times reported being only the fastest responses.

  • Even after improving EMS, there are still remaining problems to be dealt with in health informatics, such as having paper medical records in one location.

  • The current disorganized system ultimately correlates with treating patients at a slower rate.
    • As Anne Saita from the Threat Post states, “A Maine-based company announced Thursday it fired an otherwise exemplary employee who downloaded medical data onto a jump drive and then lost the device while traveling between Salt Lake City, Denver and Washington, D.C, affecting 6,000 Medicaid recipients in Utah.”

    • This elucidates the fact that having medical records nationally available would eliminate any problems with losing a copy or two.

  • Being timely and efficient is crucial in the modern world, especially given the rapidly increasing rates of heart disease.

  • Each year over 715,000 Americans have heart attacks, costing the United States $108.9 billion annually.

  • Medication errors and falls are two biggest threats to independent living.

  • Increased accessibility of home and community-based long-term care and related government funding make independent living more possible for many elderly and disability people.

  • One of the greatest challenges of the 21st century will be demographic aging. The global population of older people will almost quadruple to over 2 billion within the next fifty years. By 2050, half the population of the will be over 50, while the death rate will exceed the birth rate from 2015 onwards.

  • What does this mean in practical terms?
    • The impact on healthcare systems will be enormous. As older people live longer, the cost of caring for their health dramatically rises. According to the WHO current global healthcare costs are estimated at $4 trillion and are projected to double by 2050 to become 20 -30% of the world’s GDP. The huge increase in those who need care is linked with a decrease in the number of careers. Fewer young people mean shortages in the workforce.Older people who would prefer to live at home are finding themselves forced into expensive institutional care due to lack of alternatives. This puts pressure on hospitals and long-stay facilities, which are already fully utilized.Communication and Information technologies offer us a means to prevent disease and injury, to detect problems earlier, to help older people better manage their own health conditions at home, and to personalize care to their unique needs and preferences. All of us will benefit from these kinds of technologies, first as caregivers for our own ageing parents and, if we’re lucky, for ourselves some day.

Potential solutions

  • Health Band, being derived from a portable heart monitor, has the ability to keep track of your heart rate as well as other vitals.
  • It also contains:
    • Up to date medical records
    • Fully waterproof
    • Automated calling to emergency services
    • embedded GPS for a precise and immediate response
  • Health Band is lightweight, easy to travel with, and very user friendly
  • It comes with a smartphone application on both IOS and Android devices that allows users to fully view all their information.
  • The application will fully utilize the same features as the Health Band, but will allow users to view and track their data.

Research on existing/alternate solutions tried by others

  • Holter Monitor System:
    • An ambulatory electrocardiography device (portable device) used for monitoring continuous electrical activity of the cardiovascular system for at least 24 hours (often two weeks at a time.)
    • The Holter's most common use is for monitoring heart activity (electrocardiography or ECG), but it can also be used for monitoring brain activity (or EEG) or arterial pressure.
    • Older devices used reel to reel tapes or a standard C90 or C120 audio cassette. Once a recording was made, it could be played back and recording could be analysed in 24 minutes.
    • More modern units record EDF-File (European Data Format) onto digital flash memory devices. The data are uploaded into a computer which then automatically analyzes the input, counting ECG complexes, calculating summary statistics such as average heart rate, minimum and maximum heart rate, and finding candidate areas in the recording worthy of further study by the technician.

  • Health monitoring wristbands
    The Angel Monitor
    A biofeedback wristband that senses and tracks:
    • motion and acceleration (including workout routines)
    • skin temperature
    • blood oxygen
    • heart rate
  • FitBit Flex
    Wristband that tracks:
    • sleep quality
    • steps and distance
    • calories
  • Life Alert
    Life Alert features an emergency button that the wearer can push in the case of an emergency. The pendant then communicates with the console connected to the customer's phone line that contacts Life Alert’s monitoring center, which in turn contacts first responders or other emergency contacts.

  • Bay Alarm Medical
    Bay Alarm comes as a waterproof necklace or wristband. The Bay Alarm Medical pendant communicates with the base console and in turn contacts Bay Alarm Medical respondents, who then coordinate with first responders. It also offers monitoring for fire, smoke and carbon dioxide leaks.

Feasibility of each solution

Solution 1: The Health Band is a medical alert system that does not require user request for medical services to be notified. Health Band uses vitals signs to detect irregularities and alerts medical services immediately. The Health Band is very useful because it contains your medical records stored in memory to allow medical services to know of any previous conditions or special attention required. It can also be useful because Health Band uses GPS location to alert Emergency Medical Services where ever you are in the time of an emergency.

Solution 2: Health Band website is designed for its users. The website gives information about the Health Band. It helps the user understand how it works. It let them know the reasons they should get this product. The website also let the users make order for the Health Band and get the Health Band app.

Solution 3: Health Band app is designed to go along with the product. It would have all the health records for the user. The app would allow the user to add emergency contacts. It would also let them see the location. The app can be very useful because it would let user have all their health records up to date. If there are any records, they could just download on their app and save. The app has the location option that uses GPS and if there is a case of emergency, the proper medical services would be able to locate the user.

Chosen approach

Our group chose Health Band because it is a system that alerts the medical service in the case of any emergencies. The Health Band uses vitals signs to detect irregularities and alerts medical services immediately. It is very common that old aged people live alone these days and they are the one to get sick the most. Health Band is there for them if they have any irregularities, the medical services will be alerted immediately and an ambulance will reach the house very quickly by detecting the location using the GPS attached to the Health Band. The Health Band can also save some time at the time of emergencies because it records the patient's electronic health record and personal health record.

Timeline for completion

  • September
    • Selecting the topic
      • Gathered information on possible problems in health care
      • Brainstormed on different topics
      • Selected the topic- Health Band
  • October
    • Research for the Health Band
      • Researched on Health Band
      • Found evidence
      • Decided on team workload and roles
  • November
    • Making solutions
      • Worked on the solutions for Health Band
      • Created an app
      • Created a website
  • December
    • Presentation
      • Use app and website to present

Workload assigned

Task Description
Bryant & Ryan
Graphic designers: Bring the idea of Health Band to life with powerpoints, flow charts, and any other visual presentations for the promotion of the product
Umair & Bilal
Wiki updaters: As we progress throughout this project their task will involve to update meeting minutes, and objectives for each meeting, which will also go into the timeline for completion. Not only that, but they will assist in organizing gathered data in the appropriate sections
Aldrinique & Brett
Researchers: in charge of obtaining more information regarding feasibility of each solution, evidence to support our problem statement, and other supporting data
Application developer: entails designing an app compatible with Health Band
  • As we start to gather valuable data remember to keep in communication with each other, so we can organize information in to where it needs to be in an efficient manner. If anyone is confused or lost make sure to reference the the 13 wiki requirements to gain more clarity on your task. Under final project guidelines (on your wiki syllabus) there are also descriptions describing what other information is needed for the overall project. If all fails don't hesitate to contact me! -C.Z.

Presentation Roles

Umair and Ryan
Website"How it works"
Brett and Aldrinique
Discuss about the research
Cristian and Bryant
Talk about the app for Health Band

Meeting Minutes:

  • September 17th 2013 5:00 P.M
We met to brainstorm some ideas. After brainstorming, we combined all ideas into one. We expanded some ideas on choosing the right topic. After discussing, we chose Health Band as our topic. We also went over project's guidelines. Each group member suggested different ideas. We also discussed our availability to meet to work on the project. The next meeting would be September 24 at 5:00 P.M at Goldstein Library

  • September 24th 2013 5:00 P.M
In this meeting, we worked on writing two page outline. We finalized the two page by discussing the Health Band as a big picture. We also assigned workload for each team member. At the end, we discussed the timeline for completion of the project.The next meeting date is October 3rd 2013 at 5:00 P.M at the Goldstein Library.

  • October 3rd 2013 5:00 P.M
We met to get update on the project. We discussed the project progress and helped each other in figuring what needs to be done. We assigned any remaining workload to team member. The next meeting is scheduled for November 5th 2013 at 5:00 P.M
at the Goldstein Library

  • November 5th 2013 5:00 P.M
In this meeting, we worked on preparing for the presentation. We went over the whole project and discussed it. The presentation roles were assigned. The next meeting date is November 19th 2013 at 5:00 P.M
at the Goldstein Library.

  • November 19th 2013 5:00 P.M
The team discussed more presentation roles. We all talked about the guidelines for presentation and following on the guidelines. Our team also rehearsed for the presentation touching the main points. The next meeting is scheduled for December 3rd 2013 at 5:00 P.M at the Goldstein Library.

Solution Prototype:


Final Solution
Health Band- an efficient way of alerting emergency services

Next Steps

  • Possible integration with EHR and PHR.
  • Integration of CPT codes to increase accuracy of documents.

Citations for project:

Project Ideas:
  • GPS enabled
  • Waterproof
  • Prescribed medication depending on ones health needs
  • Guaranteed 24/7 security
  • Increased response time
  • Accurate record keeping for efficient emergency response

Two page outline:
Updated two page outline
Due Dates
No Class
Solution prototype/Demo Due
Have majority of project complete
Compile everyones portion
Project Due
Final Project Presentation
No Class
Final Project Presentation
Final Exam