(thesis advisor)Katherine Moriwaki
(thesis advisor)Loretta Wolozin
(thesis advisor)Andrew Zornoza
May 17 2018
HealthAid seeks to remove obstacles to delivering preventative healthcare to young adults, while simultaneously empowering them to take a more proactive approach to the management of their own health. HealthAid combines guided self-exams, educational content, and appointment scheduling functionality into a software application. A focus on reminders and convenient self-checks helps young adults without regular access to medical care monitor their own health. Most wellness applications attempt to intervene after a healthcare issue has already been diagnosed, leaving a gap for the development of an application that focuses on preventative care. The concept was formed after extensive research in the domains of patient adherence, behavior modification, motivation, patient reminders, and healthcare access. Through extended user testing, with measurements of health attitudes before and after use, HealthAid is able to demonstrate increased awareness, as well as heightened user appreciation of the value of preventative care.
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