Team members for the NurseLens app. (from left): Tianzi Wang, Vineeth Koodali-Edam, Siddarth Ponnala, Wenyan Huang, and Dr. Nathan Lau.

Team members for the NurseLens app. (from left): Tianzi Wang, Vineeth Koodali-Edam, Siddarth Ponnala, Wenyan Huang, and Dr. Nathan Lau.
Team members for the NurseLens app. (from left): Tianzi Wang, Vineeth Koodali-Edam, Siddarth Ponnala, Wenyan Huang, and Dr. Nathan Lau.

(April 5, 2017) A team of four ISE graduate students earned 2nd place at the Health Care AppJam contest, as part of the Virginia Tech Carilion Business Intelligence and Health Care Analytics Symposium at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine & Research Institute in Roanoke. The team consisted of Vineeth Koodali-Edam from ISE’s COGENT Lab (Advisor: Dr. Joe Gabbard), Wenyan Huang, Siddarth Ponnala, and Tianzi Wang from VACSE (Advisor: Dr. Nathan Lau).

The contest was to design an app for the Microsoft HoloLens platform as a solution for any challenge in healthcare. The ISE team created an app called NurseLens, a unique solution for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to access nurses or doctors for instant treatment recommendations on the go. The NurseLens is aimed to facilitate expert oversight and support for EMTs during transport and prepare emergency rooms for the arrival of a patient. Because the mortality risk increases by 2.2% for every additional minute during the transport and handover process, NurseLens may save time during transport and patient handover, which can save cost as well.

The NurseLens app is intended to work as follows: an EMT can stream the current status of hospitals near the emergency scene by wearing the HoloLens headset with the NurseLens. The headset is connected to the internet, which would provide access to a nurse or doctor in the hospital who can watch the emergency scene and recommend specific treatment or medication. The hospital’s emergency department can prepare for any complex procedure that may be needed once the patient arrives.

The team plans to reach out to organizations who have expressed interest in the NurseLens, and understand their exact needs during emergencies.  The team members also aim to build a high-fidelity prototype, as well as develop a business plan.

The team was featured as part of the evening news on a local TV station prior to the contest.  

VT students shape future of healthcare technology with AppJam (WSLS10, 2:08)