Hearing from healthcare providers
To understand current issues that could be barriers to an ideal experience for the patient, we spoke to doctors, nurses and lab technicians. This was done to understand a holistic picture of the space we wanted to design for. Knowing their painpoints was beneficial to gauging both ends of the tunnel.
Balancing charts both physically and digitally is tough. Syncing health reports from patients who use medical devices would make things efficient.
Feelings towards current medical IoT
Patients who were not using any health tracking device were interested in them. They felt it would make help them understand their health better. They also wanted to be able to visualize what is happening inside their body.
All we see is complex charts, terms and numbers on reports. This is tough for me to feel calmer. I want to know without having to research so much and get completely off track and get more anxious.
Moving onto 1:1 sessions
With a topic that can be sensitive, discussing painpoints was something that was important and at the same time taxing on the patients we spoke to. Some had recovered from cancer and reliving it was tough but they wanted to share their story and help others like themselves in the future.
"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:
Before solidifying features we gathered secondary research and spoke to a biochemist to give rise to ideas about possible innovations in cancer treatment and up to date research areas.
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.
A deep dive into the conversations with the patients and healthcare providers sparked ideas as to which areas were viable to give rise to features that would ease the current journey.
After brainstorming on ideas, here are some of the solidified features and their value: