Future of HIV Care

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2017 | Systems Thinking Ecology + App

An integrated "ecology" designed for a future in which sensor patches can monitor body chemistry painlessly and connect to "the cloud". The START App is for HIV+ individuals and their caregivers to better manage their condition.


 
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Duration
6 weeks

Role
Lead UX + Visual Designer

Skills
Concept
Research
Systems Thinking
Visual Design

 

 

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What is HIV?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It attacks the body’s immune system and destroys the cells that fight off infection and disease.

CD4 Cells

HIV attacks CD4 cells which are white blood cells that fight off infection and play an important role in the immune system.

Viral Load

HIV increases the amount of viral load in a persons blood. Viral load is the amount of virus in the blood.

 
 
 

What is ART?

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ART stands for anti-retroviral therapy and it is the combination of medicines that slows the spread of HIV in the body. It does this by increasing the CD4 count and decreasing the viral load. These two values have to be monitored to evaluate the effectiveness of ART.

 

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Feedback Loops

Blurb about CD4

Blurb about undetectable viral load

 
 
 

Caregiving Network

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Current State

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Challenges

  • The process of monitoring the ART regimen can be time consuming (frequent blood tests and appointments)
  • Side affects to medications are frequent due to which medications can change often
  • Creating a pill schedule, particularly for those new to the regimen, can be challenging
 
 
 

Proposed Future State

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Benefits

  • Reduces frequency of the patient's in person visits to the medical provider and pharmacy
  • Allows for data to be transmitted instantly reducing the amount of time a provider or pharmacist has to wait
  • App integrates with patient's calendar to give reminders
  • Allows patient to track their own data
 

UI for patient app

 
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Data

Patient can monitor CD4 & Viral load levels over time: daily, weekly, and monthly.

Medical providers have instant access to this data as well.

 
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Medications

View list of current and past medications, including when to take them and the option to report side-affects.

 
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Messages

Communicate directly with HIV care network such as the HIV healthcare provider, therapist, and pharmacist.