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A wearable system to manage OsteoArthritis.

 

Objective

Design a system of connected devices to help patients and their caregiver network to better manage the the chronic condition (OsteoArthritis).

skills

Systems Design

User Interface Design

ROLE

Individual

Project Length

4 Weeks

 
 

RESEARCH

 

OsteoArthritis?

A most common chronic degenerative joint condition of the joints. It can affect any joint, but it occurs most often in knees.
Osteoarthritis damages the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. The slippery tissue (cartilage) as well as the synovial fluid in between the joints start decomposing. This allows bones to rub together. The rubbing causes pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint. 

 Image Source:  PEMF Therapy Education
 
 
 
 

Homeostasis in Joints

Only a normal joint maintains Homeostasis. However, the moment it loses the state of equilibrium it falls into a reinforced feedback loop.

Over time the joint degenerates slowly. Excessive physical activity and wear & tear further speeds up the process of joint degeneration. 

 
 
 
 

Patient Interview

To get an in-depth understanding of a person managing OsteoArthritis on a daily basis, I reached out the nearest patient for an interview. The interview helped me to understand patient's care-giving network and map her journey throughout a week

 

Jane Robinson

  • 68 years
  • Female
  • Drives occasionally for house chores
  • OsteoArthritis in Knee Joints
 
 

care-giving network

Jane mostly ends up self managing her condition

It emerged in her interview that she is usually able to manage her condition by herself. However, when the condition of her knee joints becomes worse she needs her family's help. And, only in the worst situations she would visit her Doctor to seek professional help and treatment.

 
 
  Jane's care-giving network

Jane's care-giving network

 
 
 
 

User Journey Map