OPTIMIZING

AIRWAY CLEARANCE TREATMENTS

In pediatric Cystic Fibrosis patients

How can I improve outcomes and experience for pediatric Cystic Fibrosis patients?

For my independent graduate thesis I conceptualized an experience centered around a Smart Nebulizer for children with Cystic Fibrosis. Through design research and prototype testing with children, their parents, and pulmonologists specializing in Cystic Fibrosis care, I was able to gain as close to a firsthand understanding of the cystic fibrosis experience as possible.

 

I designed an experience that accommodates for children's existing routines, establishes healthy habits, and helps parents and providers encourage children to take charge of their health. The nebulizer engages children in the treatment experience by interfacing with existing video games, adding additional parameters, controls, and reward systems that correspond with airway clearance treatments and overall cystic fibrosis care. As the Smart Nebulizer monitors the airway clearance treatment process, it provides information to parents and caregivers in order to improve adherence and long-term health outcomes.

Roles I Played

  • Conducted contextual interviews and observations

  • Designed prototype testing protocols

  • Prototyped at varying levels of fidelity

  • Conducted prototype testing

  • Generated actionable insights

  • Presented insights and design