During the rehabilitation and recovery stage, patients commonly chooses a wearable support to provide physical support and alleviate pain.
How might we design the wearable support more data-empowered to prevent the recurrence of accidents and raise the lacking awareness in overwhelming recovery resources?
The smart wearable support serves 3 major functions, and a sketch of use case is provided:
(1) Being able to track the patients physical activity and generate monthly follow-up insights.
(2) When a recurrence of accidents happens, the smart wearable support is able to instantly link to emergency medical aids (i.e. contact close family member, call ambulance, etc.)
(3) The monthly follow-up insights can be shared across significant stakeholders such as caregivers, medical/community professions (under patient’s consent) to keep updated of the patient’s recovery status or provide suggestions.
With the main functions, the design aim to tackle the current challenges patients are facing, including:
(1) the fear of recurrence of accident
(2) lack of awareness to existing resources
(3) lacking data for follow-ups.
Our opportunity is to provide patients a holistic recovery care system that monitors their condition, providing support which alleviates pain and connects the patient with relevant professionals.
The concept is currently in the blueprint stage, while further researches needed to be done to provide a working prototype and pilot-runs for the next refinement stage.