Ishan Sain
 
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LIGHTEN

A wearable system to manage OsteoArthritis.

 

GOAL

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

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. This allows bones to rub together. The rubbing causes pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint. 

 
 
 

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 the week. 

 

Jane Robinson

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

Jane 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 worst situations she would visit her Doctor to seek professional help and treatment.

 
 
 Jane's care-giving network
 
 
 

Journey Map