Full Invention Name:
MedAssist: A mobile and tablet app designed for seniors to improve medication adherence
We are a team of seven students from 5th grade to 8th grade. Our project won 1st place research award from judges who said they were “blown away” by our solution. We are also a rookie FTC team, winning Inspire award (2nd place) and advancing to VA championships. Since winning VA/DC Championship (Div1) in 2010, we have been promoting FLL, by mentoring FLL and Jr.FLL teams at Greenbriar West, and by holding FLL Robot Design workshops in the community. We learned a lot about issues facing seniors by volunteering at senior living facilities; by doing a survey, and visiting senior centers. Our senior partner is a doctor who volunteers in the community. We met experts in “Nana” technology, and researchers in aging. We brainstormed on six different ideas, and chose to work on MedAssist App based on our survey results, over a shoe that prevents falls. We found an innovative way to help seniors and caregivers manage medications, and also prevent hospitalizations.
Brief Submission Description:
Poor Adherence to medication is a leading cause of hospitalization among Senior Citizens. This problem leads to 1. Two thirds of hospitalizations among seniors. 2. One third of Medicare costs. 3. Wastage of up to $100 billion a year. 4. Impact on seniors’ long term health, finances, and ability to manage independent lives. Did you know that an elderly person is 7 times more likely than other age groups to get hospitalized from poor medication adherence? Our innovative solution MED-ASSIST is a mobile and tablet app designed for seniors. It solves the problem of poor medication adherence: 1. It promotes medication adherence with timely reminders, when caregivers setup schedules. 2. Alerts senior to take meds. 3. Keeps seniors connected with caregivers, family and friends using google talk and Skype 4. Game-like points for keeping score. 5. One touch access to emergency. Best Way to Cut Health Care Costs? Take Your Meds on time! Download our app here: http://bit.ly/12jEQey