As of 2015, 3.6 million United States military veterans have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnoses following exposure to traumatic and life-threatening events during deployment. One major symptom of PTSD is 'night terrors' - a visceral nighttime experience in which a person gets little or poor sleep due to recurring troublesome thoughts or emotional triggers. (Click here to learn more about night terrors)
To help veterans sleep better at night, my team and I have developed myBivy, an application for smartphone and smartwatch that tracks a veteran's heartbeat and movements in order to track night terrors and actually prevent them over time. Post-sleep, the veteran can see how they slept the previous night, while also having the option to submit a statistical report to their VA doctor or clinician.
When myBivy is completed, we'll have the sensor running on Apple, Android, and Pebble watches. The patient-interface will run on Android and iPhone. It currently runs exclusively on Pebble, but we want it to run on every type of watch.
MyBivy puts power into the veteran's hands. He or she does not have to share data if they do not please, but it makes it much easier to get help should they desire it. From an efficiency standpoint, myBivy can save time and money by reducing the number of trips to receive medical care.
Where it all began
We at The Cure conceived myBivy at HackDC, a 36-hour coding competition in Washington D.C. The theme was to create a mobile application that would help veterans.
The judges at the competition - technology professionals, veterans and clinicians - grew fond of our application. Like us, they saw how it has the potential to help millions of present and future veterans who suffer from PTSD achieve a full night's rest. We were awarded the title of "Best Application for Clinicians" by the competition, accompanied with $1500 in prize money that we immediately converted into myBivy start-up funds. You can learn more about PTSD and the HackDC competition here.
Where we go from here
As we move on to the next level, we need funds to build, test, and distribute myBivy. To make myBivy clinically precise, we have to meet with a number of medical professionals and test the application on a large scale of those both with and without PTSD.
We've spent a lot of time constructing a modest, accurate budget as follows:
We won't rest until United States military veterans can! We at the The Cure are committed to completing myBivy as soon as possible, and getting it into the hands (or onto the wrists) of those who need it most.
Estimated test-date: January 2016
Estimated launch-date: March-May 2016
Risks and challenges
The risks of this project are small as we know each step we need to complete to get myBivy to where it needs to be.
The only 'time-delay' will occur when the application is clinically tested and implemented on a vast array of other phones/wearable devices (Apple Watch, Android Watch, Apple iOS, and more). We at The Cure are persistent, resilient coders, and will make myBivy happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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