Creating awareness of strokes and identifying strokes has been emphasised through many different forms of media. However, the knowledge of how sever a stroke is, is unknown until medical attention is received. This then means medical care is essential and required urgently.
There are two different types of strokes, both of which can only be assessed through scans in hospitals. The first is a clot in the brain which prevents blood flow to other areas of the brain. Although this type of stroke can be treated with anti-clotting medications the second type of stroke, which is caused by bleeding into the brain, can be fatal if such medication is provided.
Swedish scientists claim they have devised a helmet which can identify strokes through the use of bouncing microwaves off the brain to detect and determine the severity of the stroke. The helmet consists of an array of 12 antennas arranged around the head. One of which beams a low power microwave through the skull allowing the other 11 to pick up the signal, detecting any change. The device then analyses the patterns detecting any bleeding. The helmet is thought to be portable, encouraging the use of it by paramedics and ambulance services allowing treatment to begin earlier. Although more research is needed there is much promise for the helmet.
DCC continually supports The Stroke Association in order to help raise awareness of the dangers and links between high blood pressure and stroke risk via the Know Your Blood Pressure awareness campaign. Using technology to enhance existing processes is one of our core values, and the UK Stroke Forum revealed that this was being attempted in order to help stroke survivors and those suffering from aphasia and dysarthria.
DCC designed the KYBP form using specialist software that made the form fit for automated data capture. All forms contained certain business rules and validations, which would uphold the accuracy of the data and were barcoded giving each form its own type of unique identification. Fully completed KYBP forms were then scanned and verified to 100% accuracy by our team of highly-skilled verifiers. A further quality check solidified the accuracy.
The data from the processed KYBP forms are then exported onto a dashboard that is powered by Google Maps. The purpose of the dashboard is to allow the Stroke Association visualise, on the map the differing levels of blood pressure throughout the UK.
Aside from the visualisation, the dashboard also facilitates an interactive means of analysis. Using controls on the dashboard, the Stroke Association could narrow their search using factors such as geographical location, age, gender, and ethnicity and so on – there is an endless limit to the varying analyses that is permissible.
Using these features, the Stroke Association gained insights that can be acted upon, labelled actionable insights at DCC. For example, by using the dashboard, the Stroke Association could target those areas with a red dot (high blood pressure) as part of their future awareness raising campaigns. Focusing on areas where work is required will make efficient use of their budget and resources as well as being beneficial to the public that are being targeted.