Apollo is an IOT voice assistant ecosystem that streamlines the recording and transfer of data in a hospital setting. The three devices that make up its eco systeminclude the Patient Hub, Doctor Device, and Computer Connector. The Patient Hub resides in the patient's quarters in order to provide assistance as well as interactwith the doctor. Doctors and patients interact with Apollo using voice control. Simply say "Apollo", or set your own name for your Apollo device. Voice control allowsDoctors to record patients vitals hands free, by simply speaking them out loud to Apollo. Similarly, patients with mobility issues or impairing injuries can simplyactivate Apollo just by using their voice.
When a doctor wants to access the data recorded by the Patient Hub they simply place the Doctor Hub, which would becarried on their person, on top of the Patient Hub in order to initiate the NFC transfer and continue on with their day. The NFC connection allows for a securetransfer of data that would otherwise be written down by hand, testing risk of human error. Once the doctor decides to store the data to a computer they simply placethe Doctor Hub on the Computer Connector that acts as a vessel for the secure transfer of recorded data directly to the computer.
On top of its recordingcapabilities, Apollo can also store numerous first party apps and programs through its IOT function, these include a calendar where a patient or doctor can storetheir events or treatments, the weather, ask Apollo to search the internet and even play music. Third party apps will also be functional on Apollo, such asHealthTap's application "Dr. AI", which allows the user to explain their symptoms to the app, which will then diagnose and offer possible treatments to the user inreal time, using its vast databases as reference. Apollo is also able to connect to external hardware such as heart rate, and blood pressure monitors to gain anaccurate and personal data base of a patient's condition.
Unique amongst a hand-picked compilation of well thought out ideas, Apollo is designed to work. Madefor an industry based on highly skilled practitioners and confidential information, comes a product that HIPPA can get behind with confidence. A device that wasdesigned inside-out from boss holes to induction coils, from injection forming to screw size. Apollo stands out by combining physical human interaction with voicecommands, comparing human to human actions with human to machine.
This product is an ecosystem devised to streamline and correct archaic systems withsuperfluous actions. Creating improved patient experiences through personal interactions and attention to detail. Apollo is a system that ties together platforms withhuman controlled autonomy. Something that can prove to make a difference.
Apollo addresses the problem of HIPPA restrictions hindering the use of IOT devices in accordance with the documentation of confidential data in a hospitalsetting. Its Near Field Communication (NFC) technology encrypts data and only allows the transfer of data by placing each Apollo device directly on top of eachother, ensuring that only the proper staff can access the data, in person, resulting in maximum security.
The stacking ability of Apollo's ecosystem of devicesinitiates a pulsating LED display, giving a physical notification of secure data transfer. Using NFC would require a user to be within 1.6" of each other in order toconduct a data transfer, resulting in a more personal human to human interaction. Simple voice activation allows for a user friendly and more personal human tomachine interaction.
A hospital that runs off Apollo is one that strives not only to offer customers more accurate information and stronger doctor to patientinteractions but also one that strives to offer an environment with less stress for it's doctors and accompanying staff. Making superfluous processes less labor-intensive andmore streamline to allow the time and energy of highly skilled individuals go into more meaningful tasks and interactions. Profitability can be addressed by puttingmore time into those quality aforementioned tasks while letting automation middle the time of mundane actions like filing, recording vitals by hand, organizingcredentials, and splitting focus.
A hospital that prioritizes it's doctors' time is one that cares about their morale. As well as setting a new example for other medicalinstitutions to follow by building a strong reputation rooted in both customer and employee experience. In deciding on building materials our options consisted onplastics with the prospect of injection molding. Taking into consideration polystyrene, high density polyethylene, and polycarbonate for the housing. However, theexterior of Apollo is made from ABS, and the light strip is made from a semi-transparent ABS. As its characteristics make it a perfect material for use in a hospitalsetting over a long period of time. ABS also offers strong impact resistance, heat resistance, high tensile strength, shock absorption, scratch resistance, and lowmaterial cost to top it off. The base of the housing is made from silicone rubber for its grip and shock absorbency. The assembly of the injection molded parts spansfrom screws to adhesive and ultrasonic welding for fast turn around and minimal seems. Ultrasonic welding is an industrial technique whereby high-frequencyultrasonic acoustic vibrations are locally applied to workpieces being held together under pressure to create a solid-state weld.The housing of Apollo was designedto not show screws or obvious seams or parting lines, giving it a sleek appearance.
The Doctor Hub is fitted with smart care run by IBM's Watson, NFC chips, amotherboard, control board, and lithium ION battery. The motherboard is the main control feature within the IOT device, holding a Texas Instruments Digital MediaProcessor, a Micron 256 MB LPDDR SDRAM, a Samsung 4GB High Performance Flash Memory, a Qualcomm Atheros Integrated Dual-Band 2x2 802.11n andBluetooth 4.0 SiP, a Texas Instruments Integrated Power Management IC, and a Texas Instruments DAC. The controls board is another important part of the internaltechnology. It houses the lighting system as well as hold a National Semiconductor Programmable 9- Output LED Driver, a Texas Instruments 92dB SNR Low-PowerStereo ADC, and a Texas Instruments Dual Positive-Edge-Triggered D-Type Flip-Flop. The lithium ION battery is in all devices, along with an induction coil in theDoctor Hub to enable wireless charging.The Patient Hub, and computer connector are powered via micro USB.
Taking away the necessity of a pen and pad from adoctor when talking to a patient is comparable to taking away the teleprompter for a speech you already knew by heart. There is more of an intimate connectionwhen you're not sharing your attention with a mundane activity and focussing solely on the person in front of you. Simple for the practitioner and delightful for theuser. In tracing the user journey of the staffs' interactions with the Doctor Hubs and the clients' interactions with the Patient Hubs, there seems to be a far less amountof pain points compared to an environment without Apollo.
Identifying pain points in the doctor's' user experience brings to light the troubles of maintainingorganization techniques, whether on a laptop or on paper, the struggle of misreading hand writing, keeping up with patients while writing and listening at the sametime, mishearing information, and the transfer of data manually. Apollo's voice control, portability, and easy and secure data transfer allows for solution to all thosecurrent journey map pain points aforementioned. In taking a look at the patients' current customer experience without the Apollo ecosystem, there's pain pointsinvolved in the lack of time spent interacting with the doctor, lack of accessibility to information from the hospital bed, having to repeat information when havingvitals taken, and the risk of leaking confidential information. Apollo's assistance in human to human interaction, near field communications address these currentjourney pain points.
Unique amongst a hand picked compilation of well thought out ideas, Apollo is designed to work. Made for an industry based on highly skilledpractitioners and confidential information, comes a product that HIPPA can get behind with confidence. A device that was designed inside out from boss holes toinduction coils, from injection forming to screw size. Apollo stands out by combining physical human interaction with voice commands, comparing human tohuman actions with human to machine. This product is an ecosystem devised to streamline and correct archaic systems with superfluous actions. Creating improvedpatient experiences through personal interactions and attention to detail. Apollo is a system that ties together platforms with human controlled autonomy.Something that can prove to make a difference.
To streamline an institution of healthcare for the sake of meaningful interaction and security is to be a herald of thegreater good. Apollo is about opening up the schedules of doctors to partake in further practice, incorporating hands free technology into an environment caring forthe sick, disabled, and injured. Bringing the user into the process, with accessibility of resources as an interest, that's how Apollo is present in healthcare. Its aproduct ecosystem that addresses both economic views and environmental views by designing a housing that's easy to assemble and with materials that canfunction and retain a high sense of quality even with a percentage of regrind mixed in. By considering society with our design we can look past the social constructsthat come with how hospitals receive and process information, and open up to the opportunities presented by new technology. Apollo acts as a bridge betweenplatforms to bring separate but related entities into one. Technological unity at hand in the prospect of inventing a system, a language that understands you.Whether staff or guest, Apollo considers you.