I was the freelance Product Designer for a local IoT Company and I was tasked with designing an iOS hospital device tracking app. The purpose of this app is to help hospitals and hospital staffs maintain a record system of their equipment (ie. wheelchairs, beds, pediatric beds, incubators, and more). This app is to be used and the system maintained by nurses and hospital staff members. I was involved with everything about this app meaning researching more about this problem, Wireframing, user testing, Hi-fi mockups. I reported to the head of design for this company and I worked closely with her and the engineering team.
As I mentioned it before that I wanted to solve the problem of hospitals losing track of equipment and ultimately millions of dollars. By using tracking devices attached to each equipment and creating a central hub of equipment registration and monitoring along with the front facing app that staff members and nurses can use to control more their equipment. With the design of the app, I wanted to create a frictionless user flow that allow nurses and staff members the ability to see and be alerted about possible lost equipment that are either out of their designated areas or completely out of the hospital. Having each equipment with a tracking device along with being given a equipment number I used that in the app to better manage the devices and assist everyone search directly with the equipment number and locate the device faster.
What I learned from this experience was to continue doing my research before designing as I know I did more of an in depth search of other similiar apps. Second, I was able to create a solution to a problem I didn't think existed. Hospitals losing millions of dollars worth of equipment and not having a tracking system with an internal app that nurses and hospital staff can use with their devices is mind blowing to me. This technology and app design can definitely make a big impact on the hospital industry.