Med & Well Application
To provide an app where people can store past illnesses and injuries of all family members, vaccinations and reminders for scheduled appointments, consultation of medical data with a doctor and provide useful links for stress, mental health and wellbeing. The effectiveness of this collaboration is largely based on the users` engagement with the application. Our team aimed to produce an app that could be personalised, user-friendly, and unlike other apps would feature more than one dimension with an ingrained psychology aspect.
This project focused on the application that would benefit users` health and wellbeing by providing a better opportunity to monitor the health status, improve attendance at scheduled appointments and to help find useful tips and techniques for stress reduction. This App will also allow users to have all this information in their pocket making it accessible at any time. The section on Wellbeing gives users access to a lovely collection of videos about Breathing Techniques, Yoga & Relaxation Techniques, also to hundreds of useful articles about Stress Management and Mental Health & Wellbeing. Human memory is all too fallible and it can be easy to forget that you have an appointment with your Doctor or forget to take your medication at a set-time. These lapses in memory of performing future tasks are referred to as prospective memory and can have a negative impact on medication adherence (Cartee, Fink & Pak, 2013). Medication adherence is vital for patients to look after themselves and the use of external memory aids such as a smartphone is proposed as a valuable and effective tool to improve prospective memory enabling individuals to remember to keep appointments and take medication (Hodges et al., 2006). Not only will this benefit individuals by taking control of their health management but also the use of reminder systems improve nonattendance at medical appointments by 34% as well as reducing the cost to the health service (Finkelstein, Liu, Jani, Rosenthal & Poghosyan, 2013). From our extensive research, it has become apparent that health apps are going to be a pivotal part of the healthcare system.
According to the background research, an adaptation and involvement of technologies can make a significant contribution around different areas of health status monitoring and wellbeing improvements. The survey indicated that presently, people have lack of knowledge of their medical history, almost 55% of participants do not know their blood type and do not remember all vaccinations that were made in the childhood. More than 78% of respondents forget to take medications. Finally, almost 70 per cent of participants defined that it would be beneficial to have an information section on Wellbeing on this App. Extensive research in collaboration with usability testing allowed us to satisfy needs and preferences of the target audience and produced the accessible and usable product.