A mobile app for people fighting cancer

The challenge

The spark to create chemoWave began when one of the founding partners was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A cancer diagnosis is overwhelming — physically, mentally, and emotionally. Doctors apply their tremendous expertise and chemo protocols, but side-effect management is inevitably trial and error. Patients try to recall how they felt in between treatments and doctors try to deduce, based on varying patient recollections.

The chemoWave app concept was to master the important task of receiving data input from chemotherapy patients, and then organizing, analyzing, and displaying that information in a meaningful way. This data synthesis would allow patients and doctors to create actionable and personalized plans based on what the patient was feeling and when, with greater accuracy. The app would also need to be engineered with patient privacy in mind, making it Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant.

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The process

The CitrusBits design team first collaborated with the founders of chemoWave to define requirements, features, understand the target audience’s very specific needs, and map out the landscape of comparison app benchmarks. Next, an information architecture was created to map out how content would be organized and how users would navigate through the user flows.

After rapid low-fi wireframes were designed to frame out the user experience, the design team created the visual designs. Our designers took complex user data and transposed it into simple yet stunning graphics and concise diagnostic charts. The designs organized data visuals for planned meals, exercise, treatment schedules, and more. The user experience allowed for patients to track symptoms and well-being, discover insights, and share treatment experiences with their physicians and care providers.

The final user interface designs achieved simplicity, beauty, and clarity — helping to empower patients with actionable insights into their health and well-being.

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The result

The chemoWave mobile health app is an easy-to-use, comprehensive tool that can collect and communicate patient data and symptoms to more accurately relay them to their doctor. Acting as a virtual advocate, the chemoWave app helps patients partner more fully with their doctors to take control of their chemotherapy journey. Early users report that seeing their activities side-by-side with charts of their self-reported condition empowers them to optimize their healthcare experience and their overall well-being.

The chemoWave app won a MUSE Creative Award for Best Medical Mobile App — celebrating excellence and innovation in creative design and digital media.

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