11:25 - 11:40 amThursday, September 24
QCCA
Visual design & healthcare: transcending language and cultural barriers through iconography
QCCA
Visual design & healthcare: transcending language and cultural barriers through iconography
Even with the best of medical care, patients and their caregivers often feel overwhelmed & confused about how to manage their health challenges and do not understand their risks or how to identify... Read more

Description

Even with the best of medical care, patients and their caregivers often feel overwhelmed & confused about how to manage their health challenges and do not understand their risks or how to identify patterns of shared diseases within a family. Communication problems between patients and health care workers are far too often at the root cause of inadequate medical treatment, unnecessary errors, excess pain, and even death. While there are lots of reasons for these communication problems, there are also lots of (often inexpensive and simple) things that can be done about them.

Helping patients and individuals understand their health and their risks through iconography is a powerful and inexpensive way to improve health literacy and comprehension. In this Engagement Learning Design track, we will expose attendees to the power of iconography in everyday life and show how symbols, colors, and icons influence everyday life without words or complex explanations and how they are at the center of design for TapGenes.

The goal of this talk is to help challenge the minds of attendees to see how simply they can convey important information through symbols & icons. The foundation of this session is based off of Heather’s experience of living in Asia while working in developing countries where symbology plays an essential role in day-to-day life. We’ll help attendees connect the dots between symbols & iconography in healthcare and show how those design elements impacted & influenced the design and UI for TapGenes.

TapGenes connects the dots between your family health history, your lifestyle, and your health by combining that data into an easy-to-understand genealogy health tree. Its purpose is to monitor and identify health risks before there’s a problem so you can take preventive action, manage health conditions, & to provide on-demand information in case of an emergency.

 

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