Students found, for example, that many medical devices that are considered disposable in the United States are used several times in the clinics.“You also can’t just donate old medical devices to the developing world,” Yang says.
“The masks are uncomfortable, and they make it hard to breathe,” says team member Danielle Marks (biomedical engineering ’15).
“We wanted nurses to see it as useful enough to warrant the time it would take.” The team expanded the app by adding modules that allow nurses to see a patient’s history, prescribe treatments, access counseling material, and book another appointment.
“It adds time, but these steps are all part of the consultation anyway, so it saves paperwork,” says team member Tessa Swanson (industrial engineering ’16).
“We realized the best way to cut costs is to cut out some functionality,” says team member Hannah Baiyor (biomedical engineering ’15).
“Instead of a graph, we created a sensor that can determine whether or not air is coming from the lungs.