Meinig School undergraduate team wins Wolfram Award at MedHacks 2017
Congratulations to the team of five Meinig School undergraduates who won the MedHacks 2017 Wolfram Award last month for their design of a wireless, wearable pulse oximeter for detecting drug overdose.
Crystal Lee, Shweta Modi, Alice Yan, Crystal Zhao, and Holly Zheng comprised the team that went to MedHacks, a 36 hour hackathon where students from all over gather to design and develop solutions to tackle problems in the medical/healthcare industry. The team decided to address the problem of the opioid crisis by designing a wireless, wearable device to prevent patients who are prescribed opioids from dying of overdose. Their concept device, called PEARL, was designed to transmit real-time data to a cloud that processes this information and alerts first responders if there is an anomaly (when SpO2 falls below a threshold). The discrete device repackages existing and reliable pulse ox technology into a wearable medical 'safety net' that will allow first aid to assist patients who have overdosed in a timely manner.
“Crystal Lee, one of the self-named “Pearl Girls”, says, “we named it PEARL because it’s a pulse oximeter for the earlobe. Also because it looks like an earring and, well, pearl earrings are a staple.”
The PEARL team won the Wolfram Award, which is awarded to teams that placed in the Top 15 at MedHacks. They placed in the top 7 of their competition track - Patient Quality and Safety. Learn more about the device and its conception, here.
MedHacks is a 36 hour hackathon where students from all over gather to design and develop solutions to tackle problems in the medical/healthcare industry. Teams (of up to 5 people) can choose to compete in one of three tracks: Medication Adherence, Access to Care, or Patient Quality and Safety. Teams are provided with a venue, as well as a selection of hardware and experts from various fields who are available for consulting. Between 600-700 people participated this year, with around 100 teams completing their projects in time for judging. This year’s event was hosted by Johns Hopkins University, September 8-10.