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GOAL

The primary goal of this website is to offer pet owners an integrated digital platform, enabling them to effortlessly track and organize their pet’s essential medical records. 

INITIAL EXPORATION

On the first day of this hackathon, I led a brainstorming session with a team of UX researchers, designers and software engineers to generate possible ideas for an informational resource for pet owners. By going broad in our explorations, we narrowed down key components we thought may be necessary for the product to offer, which included a way for pet owners to connect with services and to track their pet’s habits and behaviors.

 

Now that our team had a direction to go in, the UX designers and researchers hit the ground running with research to validate our ideas.

PetDoc

ROLE

PetDoc is a design solution our team created with the purpose of allowing pet owners to connect to their vets, manage their vet appointments, and pet’s medical records, and further understand their pet’s health needs through professionally-vetted informational resources.
UI/UX Designer

Duration

5 days

CONTRIBUTIONS

Research
Visual Design

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TOOLS

Figma
Miro

RESEARCH

I collaborated closely with the Research Lead on our team to get an idea of who our target users could be and identified a couple of competitors like MyChart and PetDesk, to potentially analyze their unique features.

Asynchronously, we conducted 5 user interviews to learn about how dog owners navigate pet health and health tracking and found our initial hypothesis of the user problem to be insignificant compared to what we actually learned. Although tracking a pet’s health is important, pet owners are actually more concerned about having the means to address their health concerns. 

Two of the most common methods of approaching these concerns are:

Vet Visits

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Independent Research

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This discovery begs the question of how we can offer users a service or resource that can be just as trustworthy and reliable as their vets at a fraction of the cost. To achieve this, we created a primary persona to step into the shoes of a pet owner, helping us better understand their perspective and craft a precise problem statement: 

Pet owners need a cost effective and easily accessible way of getting professional vet advice because their pet’s health will decline without proper care.

To solve this problem, we realized that we didn’t need to reinvent the wheel at all, but to actually lean on what already works for pet owners, which is their trust in their vet. Our solution was to create a patient portal that not only connects users to their vets, but also offers streamlined research tools that are backed by a vet’s reputability, giving us a competitive advantage over portals that lack this educational component.

Breed guide

Dog’s tend to have specific-breed health issues, and this feature nicely consolidates this information

Symptom Assessment

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A guided AI questionnaire that generates tailored questions about a pet’s symptoms, then provides a list of potential diagnosis

It’s a cost-saving alternative to a vet-visit, and also narrows the starting point to any additional research

SITE MAP

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Our team collectively decided to prioritize designing a mobile-first responsive website. Considering the time constraints and the developers’ technical constraints, we decided that deploying the designs into a mobile app would take more time and resources. Next, we considered how and when our users would mainly be using our product, and a mobile-first approach seemed the most convenient and logical.

WIREFLOW

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STYLE GUIDE

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PROTOTYPE WALKTHROUGH

TESTING + REITERATING

Now, we could finally put our mid-fidelity interactive prototype to the test. I collaborated closely with the UX Design lead to run 4 usability tests to:

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Not only did all of our users complete the primary tasks with few errors, we were able to gather valuable insights to improve the design, such as the copy and terminology, the global navigation, and the relocation of certain features to improve their discoverability.

REFLECTION + NEXT STEPS

This project was such a rewarding experience, being able to collaborate so closely with a talented team of UX researchers, designers, and software engineers. Besides having such a tight timeline to design and deploy an original minimum viable product (MVP), I encountered the challenges of cross-functional collaboration, but as a result, I learned how to effectively communicate with developers to smoothly and accurately implement our designs. Another challenge I came across was figuring out how feasible it was to simulate an AI system for the symptom assessment. To address this concern, I collaborated with our developers and found the ChatGPT API that allowed us to implement our feature.

As far as this project’s next steps, I plan to conduct information architecture research to reiterate on the current wireframes to design a high-fidelity, interactive prototype. Another potential next step would be to conduct user research on veterinarians and clinics, as they are the other major end user for our product, to design an administrative view of the product. Additionally, I would like to expand on the guide feature to include, not only information on mixed breeds of canine, but various types of pets.

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