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Bone Fracture Simplified Risk Assessment

Raise awareness of patients & care-givers the fracture could be a symptom of Osteoporosis and use as a tool to prompt medical professionals

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What challenges or opportunities are you trying to address within the problem? (200 characters or less)

How might we raise patients & caregivers' awareness on the relationship between bone fracture and Osteoporosis? How might we enable them to prompt medical professionals to go deeper in diagnosis?

A simplified fracture risk assessment leaflet - to be distributed at the registration counter of hospitals or clinics for caregivers/family members of bone fracture patients.

The idea is to enable the patients, care-givers and/or family members to take a proactive step in identifying the cause of bone fracture for the older adults. The simplified Bone Fracture Risk Assessment would calculate the risk of bone fracture using a few simple & critical questions that the doctor would use as identification.  This could be a leaflet (simple questions & scoring) or poster with QR code (online version) placing at the waiting area of the bone fracture department.  If their scores are higher than normal, recommendations would be given to patients or care-givers raise the issue to the doctor proactively and ask if needed for further investigation e.g. DEXA scan.

In the leaflet, the negative consequence (including independence and emotional impact to patient, as well as financial & emotional impact to family members/care-givers) would be highlighted for not diagnosing the bone fracture effectively.  

I have visited 2 hospitals in Hong Kong and noticed there are many leaflets, but none about Osteoporosis, which limits the awareness and importance of treating osteoporosis to the patients, family members or care-givers.

Also, based on conversations with family members of aged over 50 and friends' parents aged over 60 (10 female & 2 male),  only one female has conducted DEXA scan and aware that she has osteoporosis, the 9 female & 2 male didn't know their bone density and not sure if they have osteoporosis already.

Who is your target end user and why will they be interested? (650 characters or less)

The target end users are family members & care-givers of the bone fracture patients, as well as health providers. When the familiy members & care-givers receive the leaflet at the registration counter of clinics & hospital, they could help the older adults to complete a simplified bone fracture assessment and share the information to the patients during the wait. They could make best use of the waiting time to increase their awareness and understanding, so they don't take the bone fracture as a minor issue and take it for granted. The care-givers or family members could prompt the basic assessment result to the doctor during the diagnosis and ask the doctor if further investigation would be recommended. The cost of design for the risk assessment could be absorbed by partnership with health care system, DEXA scan companies and medication companies for osteoporosis as their revenue will be increased by having more patients using their services & products.

How is your idea scaleable? (650 characters or less)

As the target users are care-givers and/or family members, they most likely have the immediate interest to the health of the older adults because of their love to them. The online version of the risk assessment could be established & used across U.S.

What do/will you measure to know if your solution worked? (500 characters or less)

- Number & % of simple osteoporosis risk assessment result shared by care-givers/family members to doctors during diagnosis meeting - Number & % of simple osteoporosis risk assessment result to DEXA scan - Reduction of second fracture resulted from using the simple osteoporosis risk assessment

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.

If you were to become a Top Idea, would you want to actively participate in piloting your idea?

  • I want my idea piloted, but I’d prefer not to be involved in the pilot and prefer that the health system adopts my idea for piloting with assistance from the Challenge partner

Tell us about yourself or your team (500 characters or less)

A caregiving family member & curious designer

Location (50 characters)

Hong Kong

What is your legal / organizational structure?

  • We are individuals

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO announcement email

Why are you participating in this Challenge?

Osteoporosis is a world-wide social problem, which most of us might experience osteoporosis at our older age. I would like to learn and explore ways to tackle this before this happens to me.
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This is a journey map from the fall to the diagnosis of bone fracture. We could make best use of the waiting time for educating patients, care-takers, family members about relationship of bone fracture and osteoporosis and preparing the patients to see medical professionals effectively.


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Hi Ivy Chiu 
Thank you for being super-active through the Ideas Phase of the Healthy Bones Challenge.
Great work! Love that you visited hospitals for research!
Please make any last minute tweaks you wish to, asap. Like adding images or changes in text.
The DEADLINE for idea submission is Wednesday July 3rd, 2019 5pm PST.

A CHECKLIST to guide you is here:
Please make sure your idea does the following:
1) Clearly define the problem
2) Connects to at least one opportunity area
3) States how & when user accesses the solution
4) Tells the story

Let me know if you need anything.
All the best for the next phase of the challenge.

OpenIDEO Challenge Team

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