Aibi Alert System
Chip Dong Lim, Daniel Galán, Rocky Langsy
Aibi is an allergy alert system that helps children and school staff to better respond to allergic reactions and stop the potentially fatal onset.
Mild allergic reactions in children can become fatal quickly, and the unexpected triggers of allergies together with the complexity of school health services can hinder a timely medical response.
In the United States, every three minutes a child has an allergic reaction, and every six minutes a child is brought to an urgent care center in response to allergy-related anaphylaxis. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, 1 out of every 12 children has a food allergy, and allergies are on the rise.
By helping children with allergies monitor their condition, and alerting the onset of an allergic reaction to caregivers, Aibi ensures a proper and timely response. Should a severe allergy episode emerge, the bracelet on the child would send alerts to its medicine applicator and the school staff via a smartphone app over WiFi.
While the bracelet reassures the child that help is on the way, the app offers way-finding, step-by-step instructions, and a status report to the staff.
Aibi aims to bridge the exchange of information between school staff, medicine application know-how, and children to successfully stop severe allergies on its tracks.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Aibi Epinephrine Auto-injector was designed according to The National Food Allergy Guidelines that recommends two doses of epinephrine available at all times for high-risk patients. Our design solution contains a disposable cartridge with two doses of epinephrine, effectively eliminating the needs of parents buying new epinephrine pens after a single use.
Task Delegations to Provide Immediate Medical Assistance: Talking to nurses and school staffs in elementary schools about their workflow and medical response not only allow us to develop a deep understanding of the context and complexity of the system we are trying to solve within, but also enable us to empathize with them and put ourselves in their shoes. Current pain points in the school health services such as understaffing of nurses and reluctance of non-medical staffs to take over responsibility in the absence of nurse inspired us to develop the medical emergencies alert system that would delegate adults to take action once the allergies reaction is detected via the kid’s wearable.
Collaboration and Innovation: Aibi is a systemic solution that address the needs of several communities such as the medical professionals, educators, and parents. By continually engaging these communities for the best of children’s health, we are trying to encourage pharmaceutical companies to innovate and develop products that are not only driven by business decisions, but also solving complex problems using technology, design through collaboration.
Patterns of Behavior and Interaction: Healthcare and education are sectors that are facing constraints especially in terms of financial resources and politics. Aibi offers an opportunity to break the barriers and foster the understanding that involves the relevant communities that could potentially spark new conversation and provide integrated solutions and benefits in the long run.
In 2010, my teammate Daniel took care of Jade, his friend’s allergic daughter. She is severely allergic to peanuts and he was given an EpiPen. Daniel thought that even though he was given a detailed explanation on how to use the Epipen, the whole topic was still foreign to him and he did not think of dealing with a potentially fatal condition. Daniel mentioned that he never considered how dangerous allergic reactions could be.
However, Allergy affects millions of children in the United States and is increasing in prevalence. Allergy reactions can become fatal quickly, every six minutes a child in the US is brought to a hospital, or urgent care center in response to allergy-related anaphylaxis.
The information that a school employee needs to know to respond to an allergic reaction is basic, yet confusing. Besides that, Allergy training lacks depth and relevance for the non-medical staff in schools. This led us to question ourselves: “What resources can we use to help prevent severe allergy onsets?” and “How can design help bring relevance and awareness to allergies?”
Aibi is our response to this unique challenge. Aibi helps children with allergies monitor their condition and alerts the onset of an allergic reaction to caregivers to ensure a timely response.
Aibi consists of a wearable for kids to determine allergic reactions and alerts school staff via amber alerts, a redesigned epinephrine auto-injector that is easier to use, and a medical emergencies alert system to delegate adults to take action in the case of emergency situation. By empowering elementary school children to take action in the quick onset of severe allergies, Aibi can be a critical step in ensuring their survival.