DISCOVERING THE SPACE
A marriage of healthcare and IoT devices
Medical IoT is triggering a healthcare transformation; a new age of patient-centered care that has not been seen before.
With patient driven data from IoT devices feeding a system in a timely manner, generating personalized insights will majorly help in making strategic decisions towards a person’s health.
"Choosing an appropriate treatment is the beginning of the maze. Help patients make sense of this maze post treatment through support, understanding of tests, prevention, and visualization will ease the journey of millions of cancer patients."
Ted Goldstein, Ph.D, Computational Health Sciences, UCSF
1:1 sessions with patients
"I want to take care of myself even though I am free of breast cancer. However, I also do not want to compromise on the quality of my life. If I know my accurate health status, it would make it easier for me to make decisions."
Simulo's value for its users
What began as an idea to aid cancer patients in their journey began to grow and we identified new users that were linked with our primary users (patients). Here are our users:
- Patients: They wish to get assistance in deconstructing lab results, make exam room visits more comfortable and pray for a more non-invasive method to keeping track of health between bigger medical procedures.
- Doctors and nurses: They wished for a better, smarter documentation of patient data that was more real-time and updated
- Lab technicians: They are recipients to numerous phone calls from anxious patients demanding of their results. What most patients forget is that they are not authorized to give out any result details. However, they are able to provide a timeframe.
Cancer treatments & innovations
We chose the electronic nose to fulfil the project goals. The electronic nose is a tiny sensor that has many uses which range from detecting poison in food, sewage blockage, etc and it has also been heavily probed into for cancer detection and treatment. This unlocks a new age for the personalization of cancer diagnosis and treatment.
With this sensor, the missing piece of personalizing and providing a non-invasive approach to our design was made possible.
- Timeframe lab result journey: Providing a time frame (progress bar) can make people less anxious as they have a sense of what to expect, unlike the current situation where people begin feeling anxious almost as soon as the next day.
- Simplify test results: Using dictionary APIs to break down medical jargon to help patients understand all in one platform. Getting other irrelevant results online can cause more harm.
- Gentle reminders for upcoming doctor visits: Knowing this and pairing it with getting reminded about any queries they may have would ease exam room visits.
- Organ data visualization: Guiding the patient in what is happening to avoid any confusion and misinformation. Coherent representation of health status.
- Daily updated health input: Enabled by the electronic nose sensor.
Designing the experience
Wrapping it up
Delving into the healthcare industry with a dominant hand in UX/UI design, I saw new ways of realizing empathy for my users. Working on a very sensitive topic, such as cancer, the prime factor of knowing our user and asking them for insight was a rewarding skill I earned. With so much scientific innovations, deciding what was relevant to our area of product was a challenge and exciting.
Down the road
With the electronic nose sensor gaining much momentum in cancer research, I want to bridge the gap of the human experience and the health related issues around it, regarding cancer treatment. Sometimes even though health reports and medical procedures are done to alleviate pain and undesirables states, it can often feel like a cold experience. We have to make these experiences warmer!