Designing with the Patient in Mind

The End – Week 10!

May 18th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Feedback | Implementation - (Comments Off)

I successfully defended my thesis Wednesday! I was also pleased that my committee members and two other professors were very eager to provide feedback. Some minor suggestions and things to fix, but the defense went well and I passed!

Besides the thesis show, the last part I have left is documentation, which is to do a write-up summarizing the process and how I solved my thesis problem.

I have to say, I am very happy with this project and how it turned out. I know this is rare for a grad student, but I never got sick of working on my thesis. I always looked forward to working on this project and figuring out how this might help a patient manage their health someday through design. As someone who has had a chronic illness, I know how frustrating dealing with the accumulation of papers and enormous amounts of health information is. I’m pleased with my progress and am so happy to be ending my six years at RIT with a project that I have a personal connection to and am very passionate and proud of. This was the perfect way to conclude my studies and end my college career.

Progress Weeks 7, 8, and 9

May 12th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Implementation - (Comments Off)

The usability testing is complete and I was very impressed by the feedback I received! Every single person that filled out my evaluation had at least one good suggestion for improving the interface of the EMR. Last week was spent making the necessary revisions, including editing content, increasing hierarchy, and adding some extra functionality. The project portion of my thesis is now complete and my defense is this Wednesday!

Progress Weeks 5 and 6

April 23rd, 2012 | Posted by admin in Implementation - (Comments Off)

Thesis prototype is done! I am now entering the usability testing phase and putting the final touches on the questionnaire I will be sending out. The website to promote the product is pretty much done for the most part, but needs revisions so that might or might not be a part of my thesis (it was designed for another project in one of my classes).

Looking back on the plans I had for components of the actual project, an example of what a print-out would look like will have to wait. I am focusing my efforts on the interactive part of the EMR that is meant to be used on a computer.

So close to the end!

Progress Week 3 and 4

April 6th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Implementation - (Comments Off)

Quick recap of the past two weeks:

  • Logo is complete
  • In the process of website development and prototype development

Almost there…

Progress Week 2

March 27th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Implementation - (Comments Off)

And so it continues. Progress on the logo is being made and development on the website is going well. The website will be created using HTML 5 to promote the EMR product. Slicing the interface of the EMR has begun and I will soon be moving into Flash. I just hope I can keep calm because I feel like everything is coming at me all at once!

Progress Week 1

March 19th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Spring quarter is in full swing and things are progressing with my thesis. One or two more rounds of revisions on the GUI and then I think I will have the final interface done. I have already gone through a basic usage scenario of how the patient would interact with each section of the EMR. Currently, I am also in the process of coming up with a logo. I thought I had a name nailed down last quarter, but it didn’t stick and I had to back track a little. Luckily, coming up with a new name didn’t take as long as I thought it would so now I can move forward with promoting the project. I am taking a Web and Mobile Design class this quarter and I am going to be making a website for this EMR in HTML5 to promote the product. Things seem to be going well so far, I just need to stay at this pace!

Progress Week 8

February 15th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Feedback - (Comments Off)

Well, I am happy to report thesis baby has a name! Now I just need to come up with a logo. Things are coming along nicely. I’m at the point where I’m really trying to narrow down how a patient will interact with the EMR and focusing on the content that is crucial to keep track of. What are patients constantly trying to keep track of in their head and trying to remember when it comes to their health? How can I make the patient feel in control without feeling overwhelmed by all of the content? How can I make the patient feel empowered that they feel comfortable being their own advocate when it comes to their health? Throughout this process, I have thought about how I would have used this EMR during my cancer treatments. What is the most important content and information I want and need to keep track of?

It’s fascinating to look back and see how much things have changed since I started designing just the GUI. Recap:

  • - type size of content needs to be increased
  • - more than one person will be able to use this EMR – the whole family will be able to keep track of their health!
  • - a patient would have the ability to register the EMR with their address
  • - mainNav needs to be prioritized better in terms of importance of information
  • - print button should be larger
  • - I would like to add the ability to upload any type of document related to a patient’s health. If there is something about their health that is not a part of the EMR and they feel is important, then they should be able to upload documents to archive that information.

Progress Week 7

February 6th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Feedback - (Comments Off)

I received feedback from my entire thesis committee last week. I have already begun implementing some of these changes and deciding how I can incorporate a little bit of what each committee member suggested since they all had very valid points. Here’s the breakdown.

  • - White background isn’t working so well. Possibly including symbols that relate to each section of the mainNav in the background might work in a color that relates to the section the user is in. Maybe even the caduceus symbol for all sections.
  • - Consider a neutral color for the background
  • - Each section will have its own printer friendly version
  • - Might have to change the point size of the type
  • - Consider putting the information that needs to go in each box directly in the input box and when the user starts typing, the info will disappear
  • - Possibly have the mainNav slide on/off the screen
  • - User will have the ability to press “tab” to get to the next section
  • - Consider having the instructions appear/disappear in order to make more room for the content
  • - Keep visual info on demand
  • - Might be helpful to have a walkthrough of each section and how to fill in the info instead of one text box for instructions


Sidenote #1

January 29th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Sidenotes - (Comments Off)

I’ve added a new category on the blog called ‘Sidenotes’ to share things other than the development and design implementation process of my thesis. Today I am sharing an article from Smashing Magazine that is by far my favorite article from SM called The Messy Art of UX Sketching. I start my UI design projects by sketching first before heading to the computer. It helps me figure things out easier like design elements, features and interactions instead of sitting in front of the computer waiting for it to happen. The pictures in this article look exactly like how I started the wireframes for my thesis, except I used pen and graph paper (and oddly enough, the UI even looks similar). Very helpful article for UI/UX designers!

Progress Week 6

January 29th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Feedback - (Comments Off)

Light feedback, but progress is being made. I am establishing a grid system and finding elements that need to be repeated for continuity. The suggestions in the famous list form:

  • page numbers need to be moved – the one necessity I am struggling with. Placement is tricky with pagination!
  • save button needs to be moved
  • all instructions are set in italics
  • increase size of headings
  • spacing between sections needs to be adjusted

UI screenshots are coming soon!