Uma Health

User Interface, Human-Centered Design

Completed: Fall 2018 Course: Interaction Design for Public Health
Advisor: Alix Gerber
Teammates: Avni Joshi, Jake Bjork

Read about our team’s process here.
Brief — Create a digital tool for pregnant women in treatment for opioid addiction at the Barnes Jewish Hospital CARE Clinic that will assist the recovery process. 

Introduction — Uma is a prototype of a web-based mobile application that uses data collected from a wearable biofeedback device to share and interpret insights about the user’s physical response to treatment, withdrawal, and potential relapse.

This project was meant to be an introduction to the human-centered design process, but we were never able to meet with any patients at the clinic. Our intention was to design with our users, but—to our immense frustration—we were unable to do so. 

Above — The introduction screen, home screen, and floating navigation screen. Wherever the user scrolls or navigates within the app, the green navigation button is always present so that the user can access the contact feature and scheduling feature with ease. 

Below — The body and pregnancy sections of the application with updates from the user’s biofeedback device. Additionally, the third screen depicts the guided breathing exercise. 
Above — An example of customized, emotional copywriting that the user would see in different sections of the application. Uma aims to use positive messaging through kind copywriting to create a stigma-free narrative for the users that recovery is non-linear and that simply choosing to engage with the treatment process is a brave, noble, and loving undertaking for the woman and her child.

Below — The original designs that we created before the prototyping stage had a screen from which the user could text their primary caregivers and other doctors on call. The doctors at the clinic warned us that while that kind of feature is highly in demand, it is probably not feasible.

With that in mind, we decided to include an emergency triage stage of the application. Uma will prompt users with questions about the severity of their questions, and the user will be able to use a rating scale to gauge their answers. We felt that this method, which mimics actual triage setups, would be more effective in providing the assistance that the women would need.