August 8, 2020 - August 9, 2020
1st Place Hack and echoAR Award
Executive Summary (PDF Download Link): Executive Summary – Ocufy
Project Submission Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqA-hFhbxeQ
Pitch Deck: Ocufy Pitch Deck
Github Link: https://github.com/josephchen1/Ocufy
A prominent issue that plagues the healthcare industry, especially physicians, is the time spent on using electronic health record (EHR) systems, both for retrieving information and logging information. In the delivery of healthcare, time is a vital and limited resource. It contributes to health care costs and acts as a key element in patient-doctor relationships. Physicians spend, on average, half of their days (49.2%) on EHR and desk work and this high level of EHR usage leads to significantly more burnout, dissatisfaction, and intent to leave. (See Executive Summary below)
Our solution, Ocufy, is an Augmented Reality application that enables healthcare providers to quickly and seamlessly access patient notes, diagnoses, and information in real-time using facial recognition and tracking. By instantaneously recalling patient data, Ocufy reduces the time that healthcare providers spend scanning electronic health records, decreasing burnout. This efficiency also provides patients with extra time to consult their attending physician(s), increasing accessibility and potentially decreasing the cost of medical care.
Additionally, new information and notes can be added and maintained instantly with an automatic voice transcribing feature. With a simple start phrase, such as “Start new log”, users can add new notes and logs and end them with an end phrase, such as “End log”. This creates virtual updates in a simple, “Post-It Note” format, which is automatically integrated with the patient’s electronic health record. This digital scribe feature eliminates the needs for hand-written notes, as well as decreasing the time and effort that is required when manually updating individual records. Not only does this feature increase physician time availability, but it also has the potential to improve patient and physician satisfaction and lower physician burnout rate.
Even more, the application consolidates patients’ vitals and machine readings and sends the application wearer an alert if the vitals or readings display worrying patterns, making healthcare more efficient and responsive. By better allocating physician time and thus improving efficiency and responsiveness, clinics and medical centers can better improve scheduling, optimize the practical capacity of their facilities, and refine payment accuracy for services.