Palliative care is a field that serves to benefit enormously from the introduction of mobile medical applications. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic intend to address a reoccurring dilemma, in which palliative care patients visit the emergency room during situations that are not urgent or life-threatening. Doing so unnecessarily drains the hospital’s resources, and it prevents the patient’s physician from applying specialized care that would better suit the patient’s individual needs. This scenario is detrimental to all involved. A mobile medical application seeks to foster doctor-patient communication while simultaneously decreasing the frequency of these excessive E.R. visits. In order to provide a sufficient standard of usefulness and convenience, the design of such a mobile application must be tailored to accommodate the needs of palliative care patients. Palliative care is focused on establishing long-term comfort for people who are often terminally-ill, elderly, handicapped, or otherwise severely disadvantaged. Therefore, a UI intended for palliative care patients must be devoted to simplicity and ease of use. The application must also be robust enough that the user feels that they have been provided with enough capabilities. The majority of this paper is dedicated to overhauling an existing palliative care application, the product of a previous honors thesis project, and implementing a user interface that establishes a simple, positive, and advantageous environment. This is accomplished through techniques such as color-coding, optimizing page layout, increasing customization capabilities, and more. Above all else, this user interface is intended to make the patient’s experience satisfying and trouble-free. They should be able to log in, navigate the application’s features with a few taps of their finger, and log out — all without undergoing any frustration or difficulties.
- Mobile User Interface for Palliative Care Patients
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