Abstract: Management of heart failure is complex, often involving interaction with multiple providers, monitoring of symptoms, and numerous medications. Employing principles of user-centered design, we developed a high- fidelity prototype of a mobile system for heart failure self-management and care coordination. Participants, including both heart failure patients and health care providers, tested the mobile system during a one-hour one-on-one session with a facilitator. The facilitator interviewed participants about the strengths and weaknesses of the prototype, necessary features, and willingness to use the technology. We performed a qualitative content analysis using the transcripts of these interviews. Fourteen distinct themes were identified in the analysis. Of these themes, integration, technology literacy, memory, and organization were the most common. Privacy was the least common theme. Our study suggests that this integration is essential for adoption of a mobile system for chronic disease management and care coordination.

Learning Objective 1: After this session, learners will be better able to 1) identify important aspects of patient-centered mobile applications for chronic disease management and 2) understand how user-centered design processes can help to develop patient-centered mobile systems.


Sarah Haynes, University of California Davis
Katherine Kim (Presenter)
University of California Davis

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