Medi Minder

 

A suite of notification apps that help caregivers and patients track their daily medication

My Role: Ideation | Design | Prototyping

Tools: Balsamiq | Sketch | InVision | Axure | Fusion360

August - December 2016 Individual Course Project

THE PROBLEM

Elderly patients who have multiple prescriptions can often forget to take their dose on time or miss them all together. This can decrease the effectiveness of a medication or cause further complications. Caregivers and family cannot always monitor patients from a distance to ensure they take their medication. Automatic medication dispensing devices are currently available to help a patient take the right medication at the correct time. However, besides a simple text message if a medication is missed, a caregiver does not have a useful way to monitor their patient's medication.

the solution

For a semester long course, I was tasked with designing a suite of apps that would help patients and caregivers track daily medication. The system is broken into three parts: 
Mobile app: The caregiver can track patients' medication history and communicate with the patient and doctor
Pendant: The patient can receive reminders of doses and notifications of missed doses
Pill dispense device: The patient is reminded when to take doses and dispensed correct pills. Patients can also communicate with their caregiver and doctor. 


HOW I GOT THERE

RESEARCH 

This course was mostly focused on prototyping a solution from low to high fidelity. As a starting place, I received notes from a contextual inquiry conducted between a patient and her caregiver at home. I analyzed the notes and sorted them into an affinity diagram to gain an understanding of my user groups' needs. 

TAKE AWAYS

  • Patients may have limited experience with technology and varying accessibility requirements

  • Patients take varying doses of medication multiple times a day

  • Caregivers want to know when medication has been missed and communicate with the patient and doctor

  • Doctors want to communicate with caregivers and be notified when medication is missed

DESIGN

For the iOS companion app, I was tasked to start with designing low fidelity screens using scenario based design. 

Scenario in short: 
Sarah lives far away from her mom and cannot monitor her in person to remind her to take her medication. She has recently gotten her mom the Medi Minder pill dispenser and downloaded the companion app to safely monitor her mom from a distance. With the Medi Minder companion app, she receives a notification that her mom has missed a medication. Sarah opens the app to see her mom's recent and upcoming notifications. After looking at her mom's medication history for the month, Sarah notices her mom frequently misses the same dose. Sarah sets another reminder for this dose. 

MEDIUM FIDELITY DESIGN DECISIONS

After ideating with a scenario, I fleshed out the app functionality and designed the interface both the iOS companion app and pill dispense device.

PROTOTYPE

EVALUATION

After user testing on two participants who tested both the iOS companion app and pill dispense device, I received feedback that the contrast could be increased even more for the tabbed navigation display for users who might have decreased visual ability.