Leveraging design thinking to build sustainable mobile health systems

Molly Eckman, Irena Gorski, Khanjan Mehta

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Abstract

Mobile health, or mHealth, technology has the potential to improve health care access in the developing world. However, the majority of mHealth projects do not expand beyond the pilot stage. A core reason why is because they do not account for the individual needs and wants of those involved. A collaborative approach is needed to integrate the perspectives of all stakeholders into the design and operation of mHealth endeavours. Design thinking is a methodology used to develop and evaluate novel concepts for systems. With roots in participatory processes and self-determined pathways, design thinking provides a compelling framework to understand and apply the needs of diverse stakeholders to mHealth project development through a highly iterative process. The methodology presented in this article provides a structured approach to apply design thinking principles to assess the feasibility of novel mHealth endeavours during early conceptualisation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)422-430
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Medical Engineering and Technology
Volume40
Issue number7-8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 16 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering

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