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How can we improve the experience of using a syringe via connected tech?
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Syringes are one of the most important and useful pieces of equipment in modern medicine. They’re also known for being unpleasant (painful, difficult to do right, scary, etc.) to use. Recent technological advances have led to the invention of auto inject syringes, but even these simpler systems aren’t always ideal. There are lots of patients that use syringes on a regular basis for themselves and we want to make that experience better by leveraging eHealth/connected solutions to address one or all of the following capabilities (solutions may be directly linked to the design of a new syringe or autoinjector or may even be an add-on or even an accompanying accessory):

- - Medication storage considerations e.g. refrigerated and administered once it has come to room temperature; away from heat or light etc.

- Discrete medication transport

- Temperature monitoring and control (ability to bring medicine to room temperature without the addition of heat)

- Use of technology to minimize pain/sting associated with injection delivery

- Ability to track injection sites

- Tracking medications injected

- Improved syringe disposal (may include child safety considerations)

- Less painful injections

- Any other useful innovations you can think of!

There are a great number of opportunities and avenues to make syringes better and smarter. The most important part of this challenge is having syringes work through smart/connected/internet of things technologies. We look forward to seeing your ideas!

Use smart and connected technologies to make using a syringe better:

1. What new functionalities will your syringe, autoinjector or accessory include to make it easier or better to use?

2. What connected/smart technologies will you use to achieve these functionalities? Providing links, sources, and technical specifications is encouraged.

3. (Optional) Sketches, drawings, CAD renderings, mock-ups, charts, videos, graphs or any other visuals that support your idea

You can propose a syringe or syringe accessory that only incorporates one advancement or that includes a suite of several new functionalities.

What is a connected technology? An electronic device, generally connected to other devices or networks using Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, 3G, etc., that can operate to some extent interactively and on its own. Examples include NEST thermostats; smart TVs; majority of car keys today do not require insertion into the ignition.

Things to consider:

- Source your tech! You can propose any type of functionality for your syringe, but ideas that are backed up by real technologies are best.

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Deliverables
  • Creativity
  • Clarity
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