Graduate student wins design contest for mobile health app for those considering elective mastectomy

April 13, 2018

HFES congratulates Marisa Grayson, a master’s student in the Integrated Systems Engineering Department at Ohio State University, on taking first place in the 2018 “Mobile Health Applications for Consumers” Student Design Competition. The results of the competition were announced on March 26 during HFES’ International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care in Boston.

Grayson’s app, RecorDr.—Facilitating Patient Self-Advocacy and Enabling Large-Scale Human Factors Research, is used by patients to record conversations with physicians to aid in deciding   whether to undergo contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) after receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer when CPM is not indicated. It serves as both an aid to the patient and a research tool to gather data about decision-making in such cases.

Grayson employed user-centered design techniques with a multidisciplinary team. Development began with contextual inquiry to learn about users’ needs, followed by development of a patient persona (Judith) for the purposes of prototyping and usability testing.

The app goes beyond those already available because it records patient-physician conversations and also enables bookmarking and transcription for easy recollection. Privacy concerns were addressed in its development. RecorDr is available now in the Google Play store, with plans to be in the App Store by the end of April.

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