EPILEPSY APP FOR PATIENTS
Organized or not, you can't remember everything.
Remembering dates and times of seizure activity is important not only for patients, but also for their doctor. This app provides a way to log seizure activity as well as remind patients of important dates regarding medications and appointments.
Provide a tool that helps epilepsy patients record seizure activity and remind them of various schedules.
This project began with brainstorming content by using my personal experiences. Neurologists ask for dates and duration of recent episodes, which is often times difficult to remember.
Along with personal experience, I wanted others' opinion, needs, and experiences. I surveyed other patients through a forum that epilepsy patients and their loved ones visit.
Some answers include:
"Dr. contact, emergency contact"
- User 1
"Time and duration"
- User 2
"Medicine side effect log, triggers, cbd oil strains that are most effective, a comment section"
- User 3
INSIGHTS AND ISSUES
From the feedback of patients online, I found that many want an app that has:
tracking and logging of information about their seizures - time and duration
contact information - doctor and emergency
cause and different factors of their seizures
Patients care about not only knowing when they had seizures, but also why.
In order to create an intuitive experience for the user, I organized the pages in an information architecture diagram, allowing for visualization of the flow and content.
I explored several colorways, ultimately deciding on a purple theme to replicate and mirror the color that represents epilepsy awareness. While exploring the different hues of purple, I kept in mind gender neutrality, as all genders can use this app.
Trem is a minimalist design for intuitive navigation and easy experience for users.
The color scheme is simple and works for all genders.
CHANGES AND ADDITIONS
To further the use and experience of this app, I would add several parts:
INTRODUCTION TO APP
When first signing up for the app, I would add a modal or screen that introduces how the app works. It would explain how each part of the app works: Profile, Activity, Schedules. What is the point of each part? How do I use this? How will it help me? With an introduction, I would add modals to answer to these questions to both guide the user and instill interest of need.
EXTENSION OF CURRENT FEATURES
I would extend the current features, which include Profile and Refill Schedule. To the current Profile feature, I would add the ability to list triggers and auras of the patient. Triggers are outside stimuli that trigger seizure activity. Auras tell patients when they are going to possibly have a seizure. They are only sensed by the patient. As the patient uses the app, he or she can add any triggers or auras they have realized.
To the Refill Schedule, I would add an alarm or notification. This would further help users remember their refill date is approaching. The user would choose how they are informed, including a message notification and option of sound.
ALLOWING ACCESS TO OTHERS
As a seizure patient, I often find I need support from others. Allowing access to family members and other individuals who seizure patients trust can help the patient in that others are the ones who witness the seizures. For instance, they can help by recording the duration of a seizure or pick up medications for patients unable to do so for themselves.