web app and product network concept, RISD industrial design thesis 2010
For my thesis project, I designed a powerful diabetes management tool for both patients and doctors. By combining existing products with accessible technologies, the system allows users to easily manage, automate, and share real-time medical records.
Many thanks to endocrinologist Robert Smith and diabetes educator Sharon Hansen for their mentorship on this project.
Current digital logging solutions all require manual user input, or a physical connection in order to download readings. By incorporating bluetooth technology into devices like blood glucose meters and insulin pumps, Diabetes Connect can automatically send information to a user’s profile.
The system is simple: a user checks their blood or doses insulin. Their medical device then sends this information, via bluetooth, to the user’s phone. If the phone also has internet access, the data is automatically logged to the web app. Otherwise, a text message containing the data is created and sent to the web app through the cell network.
Information stored in a user’s chart can, with permission, be connected to multiple platforms. The web app can automatically refill prescriptions based on the number of test strips or insulin units tracked. An emergency system (much like Lifeline) can be informed if a blood glucose reading falls above or below preset safety thresholds.
Healthcare providers can be granted access to the app’s charts and records, and even use it as a vital learning tool during office visits.
The application is cross-platform, so users can check their charts wherever they are. Parents and young children especially benefit from the service, because it enables independence for kids, and peace-of-mind for parents who want to know remotely how their kids are doing.
Looking beyond the treatment of diabetes, the system could expand to include any medical device that regularly collects data.