By Nicholas Francis, Creative Services
Thomas Oliver, DO, chief medical resident and hospitalist, Lankenau Medical Center, won in “Health by Zip Code” category earlier this month at the 2019 Jefferson Health Hack. Dr. Oliver and his team proposed the creation of a chatbot designed to interact with Oncology patients, called “OncMate.”
OncMate is a patient-centered chatbot that targets vulnerable oncology patients based on unique social determinants of health after they are diagnosed with cancer. OncMate automatically communicates with patients on their cell phone via text messages, providing easy access for all patients—even those without a smartphone. OncMate works in tangent with clinicians to help manage patient’s symptoms and utilizes deep learning and machine learning to predict those most at risk. Overall, the hope is that OncMate can assist and engage our most vulnerable oncology patients whilst helping them achieve a better quality of life.
Dr. Thomas and his team demonstrated OncMate by developing an iOS User Interface, a web application and a sample chatbot.
The purpose of Jefferson Health Hack, hosted by Jefferson Health, is to bring the healthcare community together to discuss and propose tech-related solutions for the challenges of providing high-quality healthcare to vulnerable communities. The conference took place from November 1-3 with 47 teams, and more than 300 people, participating.