Future Health Design
An innovative application for 360-degree health monitoring
Future Health Design is a research project that rethinks the current health assessment model through the creation of a data-visualisation-based digital medical record. It consists of an application that has the purpose of centralising the clinical situation of the user in order to allow an easy management of their own health. At the same time, it also allows doctors to be able to operate more quickly and effectively, identifying in real time situations of need. Future Health Design has participated in the international product design competition organised by Globosphere Russia and has been shortlisted in the top 15 finalists among over 300 proposals.
Goals and tools
The potentiality of the application is to process and connect large quantities of health data in order to provide useful information to both patients and doctors in the shortest possible time. Multiple methods of data measurement are already employed in the healthcare sector, but there is no one tool to collect them all together and make them communicate with each other. Alongside commonly used measuring systems, the application is connected with a series of wearable devices that allow to record body data in real time, thus helping to prevent illnesses or identify irregular patterns in health data.
Design and structure
Coherence and modularity of the various elements that compose the interface, even on different devices, are a fundamental aspects for the creation of functional and simple-to-use products. Inspired by the atomic design methodology, we have developed a design system that allows to break down and recompose the interface into individual elements that can be reordered in relation to the needs of each user. In this way it is possible to adapt the interface to extremely different devices, from the small screen of a mobile phone to a large desktop screen of a computer.
An accessible typographic and colour system
Accessibility plays an important role not only in the typography — through the use of a low-contrast typefaces for improved legibility also on small sizes — but also in the colour choice. A bright primary colour — blue — strongly contrasts with the background and is used in elements such as buttons, clickable links and headlines. The globally recognised meaning of the colours green, yellow and red makes them suitable for notifications, off-values and other kind of elements that need the user’s attention.
Making the numeric data readable
Data visualisations are the main representation tool used in the application to show all the collected data to the user. Multiple types of data visualisation have been used: bar charts, gantts, diagrams, timelines. By showing patterns in the data, data visualisations make it easier to identify out-of-scale values and to compare data which are normally shown separately. In this way, changes in values can be quickly linked to specific habits, such as the intake of certain medications or the variation in one’s physical activity.
A mobile-first approach
Following a mobile-first approach, the performance of the interface has been first of all assessed on mobile devices to ensure a functional and consistent application on any screen width. The interface becomes a fluid design element: this allows the user to face a clinical situation with the best possible user experience.
Developing interfaces in dark mode has become a standard in recent times. It is essential not only for reducing eye fatigue during the night time, but also for battery life improvement. The application’s colour palette allows important information, buttons and links to stand our against the dark background, while also improving legibility for visually impaired users thanks to a high contrast.
Adapting to the user’s needs
Usability is one of the most important aspects when it comes to designing interfaces for a large and differentiated number of users. This is why the interface is highly customisable in the structure and the design. Modules can reorder based on user’s needs or actions that users are required to do at specific times of the day. In case of elderly users, the application only shows features that directly affect their day to day life. Real-time responses ensure that a certain action has been successfully completed or notify the user about the most important tasks. The main goal is to automate as many processes as possible, combining the patient’s data with the doctor’s knowledge and medical insights coming from artificial intelligence.
User experience design