VEA - a better way to live with a chronic condition.

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Abstract

Endometriosis is a chronic condition experienced by about ten percent of women in reproductive age, causing pain, inflammation and fatigue. VEA is a practical answer to the challenges faced by women living with endometriosis with a focus on maintaining the best possible quality of life. The presented design was created together with patients and their loved ones. VEA supports users in introducing lifestyle changes while guided by experts and supported by the community. The physical tracker allows for logging symptoms and along with the Data Dashboard helps users to explore data patterns and make informed decisions.

Inspiration and Method

It is estimated that 200 million women worldwide live with endometriosis and many of them feel like they don't get enough support or can't find the right tools to help in managing their chronic condition. Understanding that in the near future patients will have to be more self-sufficient due to the strain on the healthcare systems led me to the idea of creating transition kit for women diagnosed with endometriosis.

One important aspect of the process was to engage women living with endometriosis as well as their loved ones throughout the whole process. Of course, experts were consulted as well to make sure project is following standards of medical care, but the primary focus on the users was important since the product was shaped rather as a lifestyle change facilitator as well as data collection tool rather than a strictly medical solution.

Result

The outcome of the project is a flexible system VEA serving as a transition kit for women diagnosed with endometriosis.

In the first step, the system offers a screening and educational tool and users who have been already diagnosed can register and use the full spectrum of tools starting with the Habit Nooks supporting them in introducing changes while guided by experts and supported by the community.

Physical tracker allows to track symptoms and together with the Data Dashboard helps users to explore data patterns and make informed decisions. The system gives an opportunity to get in touch with experts via calls or structured long-term programs.