UX Design @ SimpliFed

The SimpliFed App

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Summary

SimpliFed gives parents 24/7 access to baby-feeding experts

SimpliFed is a telehealth start-up that provides breastfeeding support and baby-feeding resources for parents. I've had the pleasure of working with SimpliFed on multiple projects: first in 2021 as a product design intern, and then in 2022 as a UX design contractor.

During the 12 week contract, I redesigned the SimpliFed app to improve patient-provider communication. I worked with leadership from 3 partnering companies to create a HIPAA-compliant service design blueprint, interviewed subject matter experts about their goals and pain points, and organized remote usability studies using the Rapid Iteration-Test-Evaluation (RITE) method to refine my designs.

Role

UX Design
UX Research

Deliverables

High Fidelity UI
Service Design Blueprint

Tools

Figma
Loom

Timeline

Spring 2022
12 weeks

Goal

Improve patient care between telehealth appointments

Every pregnancy has challenges – finding support shouldn't be one of them. When patients drop out of their care plan and stop getting support, the risk of health complications increases.

SimpliFed's goal is to reduce patient attrition by improving the quality of care before, during, and after appointments.

Research Question

What impacts the quality of patient care?

I interviewed subject matter experts (healthcare providers and patients) and learned that patients are more likely to stop seeking care when providers don't check in between appointments. Interviews revealed a core need for patients: they want their providers to be aware of their condition before their next appointment, but find it hard to express how they're doing.

Insight 1: Reaching out to providers is difficult for patients
Patients are often too overwhelmed to reach out to their healthcare providers about their well-being, especially once they begin caring for a newborn baby.

Insight 2: Getting patient updates is time-consuming for providers
Checking in with patients can be mentally taxing and time consuming for healthcare providers because they need to use multiple platforms to send resources, check progress, and deliver informed care for patients.

Takeaway: Routine check-ins can be handled more quickly
Providers need a faster way to update their patient's care plan, and patients need an easier way to communicate their progress to providers between appointments. Using this insight, I worked with 3 partnering companies (PhaseZero, athenahealth, and CodeDistrict) to create a HIPAA-compliant service design blueprint that defined the flow of patient data through the healthcare ecosystem to the SimpliFed app.

Design Solution

Checklists take care of overwhelming tasks for patients and providers

I designed Checklists to make high-level appointment information clear to patients while reducing repetitive check-in tasks for providers.

Checklists give patients easy access to resources and forms sent by their providers, while allowing providers to see the progress their patients have made since the last appointment.

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Rapid Iteration, Testing, and Evaluation (RITE)

Why test the usability of Checklists?

I proposed Checklists to consolidate patient forms and resources into one space, while simultaneously allowing providers to stay informed about their patient's status between appointments. After aligning on the implementation of the feature with my stakeholders, I organized a usability study sprint to test and refine the Checklists design so patients would not miss important forms or resources related to their appointments.

Using the Rapid Iteration, Testing, and Evaluation (RITE) method, I evaluated and iterated upon Checklists with 6 SimpliFed patients. Following the iterations, patients located their appointment-specific action items successfully and more quickly than they had with the initial design.

After 2 iterations, participants opened their Checklist right away when asked "Do you have anything to fill out before your next appointment?"

Future Ideas to Measure Success

Patient well-being and satisfaction surveys

With more time, I would explore how the presentation and timing of surveys (e.g. patient well-being, satisfaction, and NPS) impact patient's perceptions of their care quality. While it's important to consider how live experiments impact people, one example of a low-risk study could measure how patients respond to a NPS survey immediately following an appointment versus a survey that was delivered 1 hour afterwards.

If you're curious to learn more about my role in this project, feel free to reach out!

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