UX & Gamification Improves Pain Management for Kids

CLIENT

The Hospital for Sick Children

SERVICES

Personas

Landscape Review

Information Architecture

Wireframing

Gamified Algorithm

Visual Design

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Challenge

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research team created the Pain Squad App for cancer patients aged 8-18 to track their pain before, during and after procedures or treatment. Pivot joined the project to redesign the user experience, improve the gamification algorithm and to add new, user-friendly features.

Solution

With iterative testing and gathering of feedback throughout the process, young patients now love the app’s playful look-and-feel and updated gameplay. The new features gives kids real-time strategies to better manage and cope with their pain while allowing nurses to better monitor and care for their patients.

This app proves it that this new way of interacting with pediatric patients to gather usable information for better treatment is possible and could be critical to complete the circle of care in the healthcare experience.

LINKS

For more information about the app visit SickKids’ page on Improving Outcomes in Child Health through Technology

We were so impressed with Pivot’s work. It’s a great example of how we can partner to design ‘out of the box solutions’ to improve health care for vulnerable youth.

Nurse Project LeadThe Hospital for Sick Children Associate Professor