Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Symptoms start gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. Tremors are common, but the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement.
Our goal of the cooperation was to build an easy to use, scalable system for doctors having their work style and expectations in mind. The system is to simplify conducting long term research on the drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease. We delivered a solution that will be used in treatment/research centers in Poland.
Creating systems for medical needs is always a demanding task. For the system to be successful, it was necessary to understand how drug research is currently underway. It turned out that there was no standardized way in which specialists documented subsequent visits and their effective treatment. They most often used excel sheets or notebooks.
To better understand physicists' needs, with the help of a medical consultant, we created unique user profiles to represent the range of procedures and habits. It painted a clear picture of physicians' needs and wants. With that in mind and constant communication with them, we started working on the first approach. After in-depth analysis, it turned out, that depending on the specific use case, two major system architectures can be distinguished. At this point, we decided to conduct usability testing to make sure which solution is more desirable.
Specialists usually have little time, so entering data had to be easy. Our main goal was to create easy to use environment with a high level of usability. Navigating the system shouldn’t be a problem even for people who do not use the latest technologies on a daily basis. There were several questions we asked ourselves that accompanied us throughout the entire design process. They formed the basis for determining future metrics.
We asked some questions:
The visual aspects always play a significant role in our projects. It is the top layer of the system, which users see and evaluate, and which ultimately translates into whether the product will fulfill its task. We paid particular attention to the realities in which doctors currently work. Usually, they have old, obsolete equipment to their disposal. We took this into account when designing using high contrasts that further ensure excellent visibility on burned-out monitors, and adequately sized fonts - our target group consists mainly of older people. Because some of them are in motion and have mobile devices, we have also ensured that the content is properly displayed on tablets.
It’s first time that Agency put so much effort understanding the problem and coming out with evidence-based solution. They seamlessly translate our business perspective into a successful project exceeding our expectations."
Executive Director, Instytut Innowacyjna Gospodarka
Building a system of such great importance and complexity took us 3 months. During this time, we were frequently adjusting the scope of work and monitoring the delivered value for both the medical community and patients. The system is being implemented in centers throughout Poland, and we believe it will help create new treatment methods in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.
Discovery & Strategy
Interface & Visual Design