Dame Alice Owen's School – Years 12-13
Telehealth, which uses telecommunications and virtual technology to deliver healthcare outside of traditional settings, reduces the number of visits to hospitals. This cuts transport-related emissions and the energy and water consumption and waste in hospitals. Our project, My Little Doctor, is a lightweight, portable telehealth system that supports healthy living and the monitoring of long-term conditions. It is also fully integrated with the NHS website for symptom checking.
My Little Doctor offers four options. The first is a simple lifestyle checker that lets you input data about height, weight, smoking and alcohol consumption. It also links to a website that shows local pollution levels when you give it your post code. My Little Doctor stores this data for future reference and uses it to give advice on personal risks.
The second is for managing chronic conditions. You can input symptoms to get reassurance or arrange a repeat prescription via email. If there are symptoms that require further tests or a physical examination, My Little Doctor suggests a GP appointment.
The third deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. My Little Doctor advises you on preventative measures and links to NHS 111’s COVID-19 page for more information.
The final option is the symptom searcher. This links to the NHS website and returns a series of helpful results based on your symptoms. My Little Doctor could also integrate with other population health initiatives. This will help further reduce the burden on the health service, making the future more sustainable.