UX Designer
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MedMinder

 
 

MedMinder Medication Reminder System

Iterative projects for Georgia Institute of Technology's Interface Prototyping course. Created in InVision, Fusion360, and Axure.

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Goal

Create a range of designs that would help the elderly and their caretakers to stay on top of increasingly complicated medication regiments. 

Problem Space

As the population ages, many adult children are becoming more involved in their parent’s care.  This includes larger issues such as finances as well as daily involvement such as medication management. Children/care givers may wish to better monitor if parents/patients are taking the right medications at the right times. The elderly population could benefit from technology that would make this task easier for them to complete independently. 

Automatic medication dispensing devices are currently available to help a patient take the right medication at the correct time if they are in their home.  However, these do not work if the patient is out of their home and a care giver, such as a child, does not have a useful way to monitor their parent’s medication. 

Wearable Device Design

A ring was designed to allow users (patients/parents) to monitor how well they are doing overall with their medication management, as well as receive alerts when they have missed a medication no matter they are. The back of the ring is open in case of swelling, which common in some diseases (arthritis etc.)

 (This state indicates it is time to take medicine, and no recent doses have been missed)

(This state indicates it is time to take medicine, and no recent doses have been missed)

Ring vibrates when it is time to take the medication and every 15 minutes after a missed dose. This can be snoozed by pressing any of the crystals down. 

Surrounding crystals remain clear when medication is being taken as directed over time. They turn red when pills are continually taken late.

Color behind the center crystal changes to indicate when a medication needs to be taken (green), when the medication is late (red) or no action needs to be taken (clear). The ring automatically synchs with MedMinder pill dispenser to acknowledge when meds have been taken.

States

 No pills to be taken. Previous pills have been taken as directed.

No pills to be taken. Previous pills have been taken as directed.

 User needs to take their medication. Recent doses have been taken late or missed.

User needs to take their medication. Recent doses have been taken late or missed.

 No pills to be taken. Recent doses have been taken late or missed.

No pills to be taken. Recent doses have been taken late or missed.

 User is late taking medication. Recent doses have been taken late or missed.

User is late taking medication. Recent doses have been taken late or missed.


Mobile App Design

The mobile device is created for children and care takers who wish to monitor the medication regimen of their loved ones or patients. Features were determined after interviews with the user group. 

Users desired the ability to keep track of prescription refills and doctors appointments into the app.  Additionally they wished to be able to set alert preferences and set an alternate contact in case they were unable to respond.

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Users can see the medication schedule on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Doctors and pharmacists may also be contacted via the application. Like the ring, the app is automatically connected to the MedMinder pill dispenser. 

Mobile App Personas

Medication Dispenser Screen

Lastly, a high fidelity prototype was created to demonstrate potential functionality of the screen on the physical medication dispenser. The video below demonstrates some of the features.