What's the Story
Hospital environments can be a very daunting experience.   Often times, the patient feels vulnerable and without control and the staff overwhelmed.  The Patient Companion digital experience creates a new platform for engagement.  It empowers the patient with more control of their environment, educational tools to better manage their health and live communication with experts worldwide.  The design combines two ubiquitous elements, an overbed table and a touchscreen tablet, to form a single piece of mobile furniture that could be utilized in a wide range of healthcare settings.
Health Info | Learning about your condition
Health info filtered and edited from the best sources, so the patient gets the most important data without searching countless and useless articles online.
Wayfinding  | Helps patient navigate environment
Patients can be autonomous and navigate their way within the hospital, putting less strain on the staff.
Communication  | Talk with specialists live
Get real-time consultation from specialists world-wide.  Doesn't hurt to have a second opinion.
User and Staff Needs
Ethnographic research and onsite contextual interviews were conducted to determine specific needs of the user and the hospital staff.  The staff have first hand experience in dealing with patients and provided valuable insights. 
Mind Mapping and Wireframing
Prototyping and testing
Since the user demographic is very broad, the landing page needed to be very intuitive.  Most medical software visuals tend to be bland. The use of large colour blocks was chosen to make the experience more dynamic. 
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