Oct 2019 – Present
Poor diet is the most common preventable cause of death in the elderly population. Doctors often recommend the Mediterranean diet for their patients in order to delay the onset of frailty. However, it is challenging for them to ensure this change in patient behavior as it requires significant manual intervention, thus making it costly and difficult to accommodate for a large group of patients.
Olitor is a digital therapeutics platform that allows doctors to implement a scalable yet affordable dietary behavior change intervention. It comprises of a patient facing mobile app and a clinician dashboard. The app is designed for the older population and it works together with the dashboard for doctors to track and effectively manage patient progress.
Leading the design and strategy for the Olitor platform
I make decisions pertaining to the design + strategy of the platform, help scope projects, and function as a bridge between the academic stakeholders and external collaborators.
Designed the patient facing app (the focus of this case study)
I worked as a solo designer on the patient facing app. I was handed an early stage in-progress design that I took forward to completion through multiple iterations. It is currently under development.
Dr. Oleg Zaslavsky — project owner
UX Researcher Dr. Daniella Kim — for usability study
PMs, Developers and Designer from Tactica Inc. — for the development of MVP
UW MS student teams — for dashboard design and other projects
secondary research, ideation, design & interactive prototype (Figma), usability, user stories, dev collaboration
Constraints and Challenges
- Extremely Tight Budget
Limited budget called for prioritizing the most essential features. Implementation feasibility was just as important as effectiveness of the design.
- Wearing Multiple Hats
Being the only member of the core team working on the product side of things, I had a variety of responsibilities beyond design that come with taking a product from concept to production — strategizing ways to keep progressing despite financial and resource uncertainties, taking technical perspectives from time to time, scoping projects that external teams work on and managing them, ad hoc firefighting etc.