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Design thinking for mHealth application co-design to support heart failure self-management


Woods, L and Cummings, E and Duff, J and Walker, K, Design thinking for mHealth application co-design to support heart failure self-management, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 241 pp. 97-102. ISSN 0926-9630 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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2017 The authors and IOS Press. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0).

DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-794-8-97


Heart failure is a prevalent, progressive chronic disease costing in excess of $1billion per year in Australia alone. Disease self-management has positive implications for the patient and decreases healthcare usage. However, adherence to recommended guidelines is challenging and existing literature reports sub-optimal adherence. mHealth applications in chronic disease education have the potential to facilitate patient enablement for disease self-management. To the best of our knowledge no heart failure self-management application is available for safe use by our patients. In this paper, we present the process established to co-design a mHealth application in support of heart-failure self-management. For this development, an interdisciplinary team systematically proceeds through the phases of Stanford University's Design Thinking process; empathise, define, ideate, prototype and test with a user-centred philosophy. Using this clinician-led heart failure app research as a case study, we describe a sequence of procedures to engage with local patients, carers, software developers, eHealth experts and clinical colleagues to foster rigorously developed and locally relevant patient-facing mHealth solutions. Importantly, patients are engaged in each stage with ethnographic interviews, a series of workshops and multiple re-design iterations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Co-design, Design Thinking, mHealth, application, heart failure, self- management
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health informatics and information systems
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Woods, L (Mrs Leanna Woods)
UTAS Author:Cummings, E (Associate Professor Liz Cummings)
UTAS Author:Duff, J (Dr Jed Duff)
UTAS Author:Walker, K (Professor Kim Walker)
ID Code:120313
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2017-08-21
Last Modified:2018-06-05
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