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Make visible the signs

Make a digital summary with the medicines, exams, illnes, etc that can make us figure it out if our relative has or can has senile dementia

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it better support family caregivers as they care for a loved one with dementia?

This app is develop thinking on the relatives that have to take care to elderly relatives. It is designed to help to know about the signs, the clues and the symptoms that can help them to have the  right diagnosis earlier than espected. They can have a resume of all he exams, medicines, doctors, etc; that can help with the diagnosis, all in the cloud, and help any doctor to see all of them.

This app, save all the information about the dosage , medicines, if the medicine is taken in the right way, among other things like sending alerts to the relatives when a medication must to be taken and it isn't, make graphics about the way the of medication was, and save the name of the doctor who give the treatments; wich is his/her speciality, and more.

The idea is to make a database with all the diseases that can affect or increase the risk to have senile dementia and if all the exams have been taken or not. The app can suggest the user and you can ask to a doctor about it; later he/she can take notes about the result and update the information and this is submitted to he cloud.


What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Working on differents meetups about tecnologies, startups, and more. I always talk and ask people about this with a resume about my project, and they give me feedback about things that in some cases I ever think. Some people also told me different cases in their families, but all of them have the same question: What they can do; which are the signs if someone has senile dementia. That's the reason why I want this project to be real. My project can help them to find a tool to bear it.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

I thing that the first is just to make this challegence. In my project I feel that I am almost the only one who cares and believe that we can make changes using tecnologies to improves health and lives to elder people. With this challenge I notice how important is not only for me. I have some parts that I want to improve, like design, make a database, specialist, geriatrics, and all the people that can believe and want to work for this challenge.

How long has your idea existed?

  • Over 1 year

This idea emerged from

  • An Individual

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a programmer as a profesional and I work making data analysis, I work as a volunteer on diferent events about enviroment, charity, tech, girl empowerment, and help elderly people. I am a part of the comunity "Her Global Impact; Chile" and I usually participate on different tecnology meetups

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Andrea M.Ch. I know you are not alone in wanting to make useful technology.

The part of your idea I like most is that it would educate families and patients about what tests might be useful next. Many times families have to trust their doctor to think ahead but don’t describe the situation well enough to guide the correct train of thought.

We also need to be careful for leading people down a path of seeking diagnoses that lead to treatments that can sometimes make things worse.

To educate about good diet and exercise and provide ‘mental exercise’ games/tests would be equally important I’d think.

Getting people to track and enter information is hard and might feel invasive. Bar codes are much easier than writing things in a journal, but using cameras can cover many types of information.
Comparing range of motion from day to day, showing if the daily medications have been cleared from a cup, taking ‘selfies’ to send to friends and family through the day.

These can be analyzed for quantitative data.

Are you considering interaction with ‘Internet of Things’ devices?

It is very interesting to me that we are in a time when doctors and families expect to see about the same level of sophistication in data presentation and analysis.

My only suggestion, I think is to provide information about things being done to improve outcomes with other members who have similar diagnostic profiles. Kind of a caregiver/family peer to peer network of suggested solutions. Knowing that taking a 20 walk every day kept 45% of people like me alive for an extra couple of years, I’d start doing it right away.

Taking that a step further for this generation, the network could be patient to patient. When I do something that makes me feel better, maybe I could share it with others in a motivating way.

Like the Amazon Store’s recommendation engine that shows "Other people with your problem tried these solutions:" with a ratings/review system for an objective understanding of medications, diet, activities, therapy.

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