uMotif – A solution for Healthcare accessibility?

Post 4: Identifying and collecting a design example 

by Ngoc Tram Nguyen

Accessibility to healthcare is one of the major factors of increasing number of people with mental health issue.Digital healthcare is a smart move to apply all this advantage of technology to solve the issue of accessibility that health care system is facing.

I will be looking at a digital health start-up uMotif. Digital Healthcare is a new term which was born in this age of technology and digital devices.This application using, access through phone and can analyse. It allow people to track their sleeping routine, blood pressure, eating habit, their moods and other health statuses. These information then can be easily accessed and shared to their doctors and health care team to keep track of the health condition as long as having plan for treatment or advices.

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The use of colour makes the app more friendly and approachable
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Work across different platform such as computer, ipad, phone
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Simple yet informative interface

Imagine how this can help people who live in remote area with lack of access to health care system to keep track of their health condition. They can now be able to provide the closest information to their doctors online.

Not only make it more convenient for the healthcare services but also, importantly helped to raise self awareness among user. This is because they actively track their own health conditions. Among that, this apps provided useful insights and educational content about healthcare and taking care of yourself. This is the educational interaction part of it.

As the  result of a positive organic growth of the apps in the market, the team now are working on the challenge to expand and scale up the projects to reach out to more people and adapt it to the modern healthcare system.

Looking at what I have been researching so far, will this technology be a solution to the geographical isolation in the remote area of Australia that is causing a lack to healthcare services access? Considering that the Internet in these area is slow and causing a lot of troubles due to struggle to use proper cables according to what I have read in the Mercury earlier on this year (Crawley, 2016). Online platform might be less feasible solution to gain access to healthcare services this rural areas of Australia. However in the mean time, looking at project like COREs which I have analysed in my second post, there might be more traditional ways to bringing people together and make things work. Further researches to find s good balance between the two approaches are preferable.


References:

IDEO <https://www.ideo.com/work/helping-a-digital-healthcare-startup-to-scale-up#rvM4l43ydtAyhz3o.99&gt;

Crawley, J., 2016, Tasmania’s internet slows to a crawl, The Mercury, accessed 20thAugust 2016

<http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/tasmanias-internet-slows-to-a-crawl/news-story/37b8e51ad5f4c7e2640c857df5333a90&gt;

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