When we initially embarked on this project, six months felt like an eternity. But as time passed, we became poignantly aware of our temporal limitations. While many meaningful, valuable ideas emerged throughout the course of our project’s creation, we knew we needed to be judicious about scope to get a fully completed deliverable across the finish line in time. With more time and resources, however, our team believes there would be immense value in adding the following features to future iterations of our product:
• Robust Integrations
• Caregiver Experience
• Enhanced Accessibility
• Breathing Exercise Customization
• Personalized Analysis & Actionable Feedback
• Free Journal/Edit Reflections
Following our initial rounds of usability tests, our group learned about the value patients found in using our product to foster dialogue with their care team. Today, Varian has a product called “Noona” that allows patients to accomplish such a task. By integrating Simphony and Noona into one cohesive product, our group believes
we can bring real-time conversations to life with the enhanced functionality we have outlined in this project.
Integration of data between Noona and Simphony.
In both our foundational stakeholder research and our usability testing sessions, we learned about the vital role caregivers play throughout the patient treatment experience. Today, patients feel their caretakers lack the support they need and deserve to navigate this time of immense hardship. For future iterations of this work, our group believes more time should be spent learning about how we can modify our product’s existing functionality to provide greater support, resources and assistance to caregivers of patients.
Caregiver selection during account configuration.
During our on-site visit to Varian’s Palo Alto campus, our group learned about the many compounding factors that influence the treatment delivery experience. Patients come from a varied range of backgrounds, managing deafness, blindness and limited mobility. To account for these conditions, our group believes future iterations of this product should contain haptics-based instruction, audio coaching and voice-based commands.
Practice availability on haptics-based smart watches.
In the late stages of our usability tests, we heard from patients about their fondness for our design and its existing color palette. However, when presented with our various breathing exercises, patients were drawn to some designs more than others and expressed a desire to customize certain visual elements of their in-app experience. For future iterations of this work, our group would like to grant users the ability to adjust color schemes, breathing visualizations and audio preferences to fit their needs.