a personalized and community-driven approach to heart disease management for women
Heart disease has a higher mortality rate in women than men, and is the number one killer of women age 35 and older. 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, due to unhealthy lifestyle choices. Currently, doctors take an authoritative and vague approach to advising patients to make changes in their lifestyle. Studies show that goals are easier to reach if they’re specific and rooted in positive thinking. With the addition of social support, implementation of fitness goals can increase by 78%.
As heart disease is 80% avoidable, how might we develop a system that utilizes community to prevent or reverse heart disease through specific and personalized goals.
90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease
Hearten is an application that allows women with (or at risk of) heart disease to create impactful lifestyle changes with specific goals tailored to their schedule. The application would be an actionable tool that Doctors could recommend to patients to make these lifestyle changes. There are six goal categories that are based on the main risk factors for heart disease. These goal activities are user-generated through the community to provide a wealth of fresh ideas. These are then filtered down by popularity to ensure quality of suggestions.
The home page features their goals for that day, their recent progress, and a community feed. We wanted the goals to feel approachable and obtainable, as well as offer a detail page to create more specificity. For example, the goal of making a moroccan quinoa salad comes with a detail page with a recipe. We aimed to create an atmosphere of positivity and encouragement through visualizing recent progress in categories, as well as be able to see all the goals that your friends have recently completed.
"Doom and gloom is never the answer. It does not inspire change but causes patients to become defensive and closed off"
- Dr. Fresonke, Naturopath
Because community support is so important in the success of people following-through with goals, we wanted to make this a large part of the system. Not only can users keep track of how their friends are doing, but they can also send "encouragements" to other users. Community discussion boards are located within each activity so people can discuss their progress, make suggestions, and overall support each other.
To get a more detailed view of their progress, users can view their Progress Profile, to see how they have been performing with their goals. In addition, they can view their Medical Profile to track their progress on their vitals and other medical information. Currently, patient-doctor communication is quite limited and we wanted to bridge that communication. Users can easily send their Medical and Progress profiles to their doctor, to enable more productive and informed conversations with their doctor.
Hearten has a large potential for future integration with devices. These devices can provide constant, closely-monitored data to improve accuracy and effectiveness of Hearten. This can help to inform further opportunities for personalization, and overall create an even more effective tool for managing and preventing heart disease.
Eight Weeks, Winter 2015
Researching, analyzing use-case scenarios, ideating, wireframing, prototyping, visual design, storyboarding, filming and post-production