Educating pediatric patients in hospital Emergency Departments about chronic health conditions.
UX Design, Storytelling, Augmented Reality (AR), Gamification
THE PROJECT IN BRIEF
Research shows that a lack of awareness of Asthma and its management leads to deterioration of the patient's health, requiring longer treatment and sometimes hospitalization. Children who are being treated for Asthma exacerbations in hospitals and their parents need to be educated about the disease, it's symptoms, triggers and treatment, to enable them to better manage and control their condition. The tool currently used in CHOA is a video targeted at adults.
Our primary users are children between the ages of 7-12 who suffer from Asthma and their parents. They are presented with this game post treatment as they recuperate from an Asthma exacerbation in the Emergency Department of CHOA.
Our secondary users are parents, caregivers and healthcare providers of children with Asthma.
Our solution is an interactive experience on an iPad. The child takes on the avatar of an Asthma-naut (astronaut) and explores some unique planets in an Augmented Reality(AR) space. At each planet the child is presented with short videos about Asthma and its management, interspersed with Augmented Reality interactions.
Team: Karthika Jayaprakash, John Cal Stephens
I am the project lead, designer and user researcher for Asthma-nauts. This project is a collaboration with the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta(CHOA) hospitals, I will shortly begin conducting usability tests of the first iteration with pediatric Asthma patients in the Emergency Department.
MORE COMING SOON!