Creating real value for the people and redefining the health market through design.
Design thinking provides new opportunities for improved user experiences in the healthcare industry. Taking a holistic approach to understanding patient needs in a more humane way, we created a new solution for the polysomnograph (sleep) test with startup, Biologix. A service platform combining hardware and software elements, Biologix improves the diagnosis process for sleep apnea.
Currently, at least one third of Brazilians suffer from sleep apnea, however that number is likely much larger since this often goes undiagnosed due to the complexity and cost of current testing methods.
Taking a systemic approach, we looked at the technology innovation Biologix had produced to understand potential service experiences. The wearable hardware, the Oxistar, connects to the cloud via the integrated app and allows the user to take a sleep apnea test in the comfort of their own home.
We redesigned the Oxistar to be more ergonomic and this, user friendly. In parallel, we developed a visual identity, packaging design, and web and app design. All of these individual elements work together to create a much more integrated and human-centered experience.
Once the user sleeps with the Oxistar on, the data is translated through the app into a diagnosis delivered to the user and their primary health practitioner. This process not only provides a more realistic snapshot of the user’s sleep patterns by being conducted in their own bed, but democratizes the test by significantly reducing cost.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, Biologix’s Oxistar device has been redesigned to capture and monitor patients with mild symptoms, primarily through blood oxygen levels. This could enable more patients to be reliably monitored at home, relieving hospitals and health care professions to focus on more severe cases.