Medminder is an interactive system of devices for the elderly to take medication as prescribed and help the caregivers manage this process.
Sketching, Mobile design, Wearable interface design, Web design
Aug 2017 - Dec 2017
As our population ages, many adult children are becoming more involved in their parent’s care. Parents are taking more medication so an added stress with a parent who is still on their own is making sure they take the right medication and at the right time. Automatic medication dispensing devices are currently available to help a patient take the right medication at the correct time. However, if a medication is missed, a caregiver such as child does not have a useful way to monitor their parent’s medication.
By this semester-long project, I designed a system of devices to advance the health management of the elderly:
A mobile app for the caregiver to monitor medication dosage
A wearable smart watch to keep track of patient‘s medication
A smart dispenser to remind patient about medication dosage.
Problem, affinity mapping, persona, prototype
Keep tracking of parent's medication dosage isn't easy, especially for modern people with a busy work schedule. The elderly may forget to take their medicine on time as they may have memory impairments, mobility limitations, or other disabilities that further complicate the process, exposing them to potentially dangerous errors.
Therefore there is a need for the caregivers to remind their parent to contact with their parent when they havn't take the medicine on time. And the parent at home also need to get help with some smart devices to remind about medicine taking.
Based on the problem scenario, I created the persona of the caregiver to identify their pain points and goals.
Before jumping to design the device features, I did affinity mapping to understand user's need and group them into related categories.
After analyzing the user's need and grouping them into 9 categories, I brainstormed for design solutions and then sketched them on paper.
Fig.1 Landing page
Fig.3 Patient profile
Fig.3 Week activity
Fig.4 Alert notification
Fig.5 Connect device
Fig.7 Activity calendar
Fig.8 React with alert
Connecting the pill dispenser to the App
The MedMinder device will have its machine number written on the device which the user will type in to get the access code. Once the device is connected to the app, the medication status will be accessed by the caregiver.
Push alarm notification
When the patient forgets to take his/her medication, the caregiver is notified via phone’s push alarm notification. Then, the caregiver will have the options to either call the patient or find out more about the details
Medication & Activity
Caregivers could use the app to set up a medication schedule and oversaw the elderly medicine taking activity.
Sarah needs to take medicine herself regularly and her parent also needs to take complex medicine. From the start, she thinks the idea is good, as she has an issue with remembering to take medicine. She thinks the layout is straightforward, and the design contains the feature she wants to have a medical care APP. But she thinks a dashboard will be better to show the activity of taking medicine condition as the first page rather than the alert page.
Another participant Clara likes the color of the APP, as for the medication APP, the color of blue gives her a sense of trust, and she thinks each function is clear. She thinks the APP cover all the function a user need to check with the medication activity.
Her main feedback is on the alert page, she thinks the “remind me later” button is not necessary when the user comes to the alert page to react to the alert.
I then created a smartwatch/band interface for the elderly to be able to get reminded of the medication. The smart watch can communicate the following information:
when to take the next medicine
additional message if the medicine is missed
review of upcoming and/or previous medicines
The Medminder smartwatch allows the user to keep track of their past and upcoming medicine intakes through connecting with the Medminder pill dispenser and caregiver’s phone.
hi-fi prototype, interaction design
Further, I designed the interface of the pillbox with an emphasis on accessibility, error prevention, and ease-of-use. There are many impairments that can result from old age, illness, and medication side effects. It was important to design a device that minimized the impact of these impairments to the greatest possible extent.
After analyzing both the patient and caregiver's need. I designed four functions of the smart pillbox device including alert notification, schedule, medicine, and setting. I also made the flowchart to illustrate the whole process
Display photos as a digital album when them medication device is not in use
Display medicine details
Show medicine schedule in a coming week
Adjust alert and refill notification setting
Display caregiver's contact information
Search nearby devices to connect
See patient profile
Ring the alert to remind patient of taking medicine
When the patient forgets to take the medicine the device will call the caregiver
When the medicine is running out, it will send a notification
Detail instruction on which bin to fill in