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Connected Home-testing kit

A connected device (stick) that can be used to swab your nose pre-filled with reagents that can test and digitally report Covid-19 results.

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A connected device (stick) that can be sent to home, in quantities that is needed for the number of household members. The tip of the device can be used to swab your nose, the kit is pre-filled with reagents. The kit can be initiated to do the testing, can determine and digitally report Covid-19 results to the user as well as health department officials. In case of positive status, with patients consent, their primary care doctor and hospital can be informed for further action. The kit can be evolved for re-use applications by replacing the tips.

What is the need are you focusing on?

I am focusing on immediate need for testing for Covid-19. With the need for social distancing, there are number of people that need to get tested but are vulnerable, compromised and cannot travel to get tested, because they cannot afford to go to crowded places. Right now at testing places, it is a long line, and there are not many testing facilities, its  usually crowded so there is no social distancing. Also, people generally don't know when and where the testing kits will be available, when they visit. To prevent this, if people are sent home kits, then they are most likely going to take it, it helps people maintain social distancing, and know if they are positive or negative. This will also capture in real-time test results and track the patients. 

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

A connected device, in the form of an electronic stick that will be used to swab your nose. The kit comes pre-filled with reagents. The kit can initiated to conduct the test, sent to the health department doctor for validation, and to inform you are positive or negative for Covid-19. An electronic message will be sent to the department and emailed to you to tell what precautions will be needed to take by you. Depending on test results, and with patients consent, their primary care doctor and hospital can be informed. The patient can be tracked for further updates post this, Image Source: For Visual Reference

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

It will create an impact that will allow people to maintain social distance and to achieve a high percentage of testing that is needed for the country to get back to business. Since there's a stay at home order, it will allow people to not go outside and possible attract Covid -19 while they are at the testing site. If this is successful, then it could positively affect a lot of people, particularly those that cannot go to testing sites.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Yet to name the business

What is your profession?

High School Student

Where are you located (country)?

United States

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

I will funding and help to prototype the kit

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

Encouraging people to do the test correctly and accurately will be a challenge. Given the current situation, I am sure a lot of people would be happy to take the test and be relieved to know the results, but getting to do the test accurately is key. It has to be simple. Privacy issues need to be addressed as well, so that the data is secure.


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Photo of Susan Jackewicz

Hello @Nandini Lakshminarayanan. Thank you for sharing your idea. The concept and visual reference are interesting. There's no doubt in home testing would be both useful and reassuring. It seems you've identified three problems to solve on the user's to do the test correctly, gain assurance it's accurate, and be confident about the handling of personal data generated. How might you envision reassuring us your product would solve those issues? Thank you! Susan

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