This was an open brief focused on designing technologies that can make patients more active participants in their hospital in the home care. Hospital in the home is a convenient method of treatment, but there are still frustrations which can be minimised through the use of the technology that we have today.
We want to be able to empower patients at home and enable them to be as active as possible in their self care. In doing this, we want to enhance the experiences and services for both professionals and their patients.
The research for this project involved:
A mobile application that helps users to remember when to take their medications and it also helps them to understand more about their medications. This concept combines a couple of initial application ideas into one tool that can help users with all of their major problems.
It would have the following functionality:
This would help users who have difficulty in remembering their medications, and users who have difficulty in reading or understanding their medications (covering all personas).
Scanning Medication Barcodes To Find Out More About A Medication
Searching For Medications To Find Out More About Them
Viewing Medication Plans And Checking Tasks Off Once Completed
Saving Medications To Make Their Descriptions More Accessible
Having A Live Chat With Someone To Get Quick Answers About Their Medication When The GP Isn’t Available
Sharing Results With The Doctor Directly From The Application
The doctor sets the program for the patient, defining the medications that they will need to take and when they will need to take them.
The user receives a notification whenever they need to take their medication, based on the doctor’s plan or their last dosage.
The user goes to take the medication, but has difficulty in reading and understanding the instructions on them.
They pick up their tablet with the application loaded on it, and use the camera to scan the barcode on their box of medication.
The application gives them a simple description of the medication, in a large font so that they are easily able to read and understand it.
The user can then take their medication more confidently.