Many women do not take gynecological health as seriously as they should because they believe this is a common problem with high occurrence; therefore, and they don’t need to pay too much attention to it.
And going to the hospital during covid-19 is extremely dangerous and costs a lot of time. As a result, many women choose to wait.
Many women choose to wait and wait..But if they just let the disease develop themselves, it would lead to bad consequences, for example, it may affect fertility, or develop into tumor-like malignant disease, or cancer
We designed Verna, a comprehensive system utilizing a smart, handheld device and bespoke application that help women perform various tests at home.
We aim to help women solve problems from front to end. With the guidance of the APP, users are able to use mobile health devices to conduct multiple self-examinations at home, and at the same time, they can view the results of each examination on the APP and contact the doctor.
Research, UX/UI Design
Jan 2021 - Mar 2021
Huangchen Qi | Timothy Ho
Survey with 54 people
User interview with target users & experts
Most women are not aware of the importance of getting regular gynecological health check, most of them only visit doctors when they think there’s an issue
Most women miss relevant knowledge about to prevent from getting gynecological disease, and that’s the main reason why they only go to see doctors when they feel very uncomfortable
A lot of interviewees said that they would like to get some education about the knowledge, but in a more fun way
People are missing relevant knowledge about to prevent from getting gynecological disease
Most women don’t like going to the hospital for gynecological examinations, and most of them feel embarrassment
From our survey, we were very surprised to find out that more than half of the women are very unwilling to go the hospital for gynecological test. And there are various reasons listed in the questionnaire.Based on the survey result, we proposed to design a at-home kit so that women can perform basic test themselves.
From competitive analysis, we found that:
Currently there’s no product that are specially designed for gynecological health in the market, which means our product has great potential and market. And most of the APP only serves as an assistive tool for the product, their functions are very limited.
Therefore, we hope to create a tool that can tailor to the needs of women, to help them perform various tests at home, and also enables them to view test results, contact doctors.
To better guide our design and enable everyone on the team to empathize with our users, we further synthesized the interview results and came up with the following personas:
With our research findings and personas in mind, we developed our 6 main features for the APP
We understand that the test process is very invasive and unpleasant, so we want our app to give users a calming and gentle feeling. We looked at various apps that specially designed for women, and learned from that, finally developed our own color palette, and hope to bring users warm and pleasant through the using process.
In the first interaction, we developed 6 main features for the APP. And in the homepage, we add additional features, such as top articles, sample trisection, reminder, etc
The main feedback we got from the first low-fi interaction was related to our information architecture.
“I feel like it’s a little overwhelming for me. I’m confusing about what kind of APP it is”
Some users were confused about where they should click to start a test since guidance is the main feature for the APP. When they first opened the APP, they don’t understand why there are so many different features in the homepage.
Since the goal of our app is to help them complete a test and view test result, we decided to simplify the APP, prioritize the features that are related to test, and hide additional features for users to explore themselves
In order to find out the best color palette for our application, we explored some different versions