Patient Registry

Patient Registry

New tool for clinic long-term Parkinson’s disease drug research.

Discovery & Strategy, UX Design, UI Design, Development

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.

Platforms

Web

Release date

2019

Photograph of an elderly man

Understanding the current situation

Understanding the current situation

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.

Welcome screen of an interface
Interface dashboard

Discovering possibilities

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.

Usability as a deciding factor

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:

  • How easy is it for doctors to accomplish basic tasks such as adding a new visit the first time they encounter the interface?
  • Once they have learned the interface and how it works, how quickly can they perform tasks?
  • When doctors return to the system after a period of not using it, how easily can they re-establish proficiency?
  • How many errors do they make?
  • How severe are errors they make, and how easily can they recover from the errors?

Making it look good

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.

Interface with a graph
User Interface with research data

"

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."

Maria Łapińska

Executive Director, Instytut Innowacyjna Gospodarka

Scope of work

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

Competetive Analysis

User Personas

In-depth interviews

UI Design

Interface & Visual Design

Styleguide

Interaction Design

Design Direction

UX Design

Information Architecture

Sitemapping

Wireframes

Prototyping

Usability Testing

User Flows

Web Development

Front-End

Back-End

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