TrackMe: Food Intolerance Discovery App
TrackMe is a tool to help people discover which foods worsen their symptoms. By analyzing their eating habits, users can refer to TrackMe to manage their diet, avoid trigger foods, and coordinate with their doctors.
- What is IBS exactly? What system is already in place for IBS patients post-diagnosis?
- Why are females with IBS more often readmitted than males with IBS?
- Does an implicit gender bias truly exist in US healthcare? If so, why? What is being done to remedy it?
- 3 IBS Patients; 2 female, 1 male
- 2 Transition Care (TC) Nurses
- 1 Nurse Practitioner
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic digestive disorder that affects the large intestine.
While anyone can develop IBS, the condition is more common in women, affecting from 1.5 to 3 times more females than males.
I explored three different solutions. Although I did not end up going through with options 1 and 2, learning why these would not be as effective helped inform my design decisions for option 3. Here are some of my initial ideas:
1. Flashcards for doctors treating IBS to learn about the differences between male and female symptoms.
2. AI chatbot that answers Q&A for newly diagnosed patients.
3. Food Tracker + Visual Symptom Analysis app.
- History of symptoms should be labelled as length of days and years
- Compartmentalize the body: upper region, mid region and lower region. A patient would want to see both the doctors notes on the same page.
- It’s good to have the interaction. Now you begin to visually represent it. Even for inputs. Do not wait until the interaction is finished to start working on the brand/visual style.
- It needs to be clearer on the Progress Tab that you can enter the time frame on the top as an input.
- Severity should be represented by both color and scale.
- Make sure that the visual style conveys urgency in a friendly way.
- Find a way to tell the user that this is a tool to help you get better, but it needs the patient to take responsibility by documenting their progress.
- It makes more sense to put Plan as the second tab and Progress as the third, because Progress requires data input from the Plan tab.