Health Buddy II for Health Hero Network
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A next generation device for in-home health monitoring
As a patient service provider, Health Hero Network places foremost value on the ease-of-use and effectiveness of its technology devices for remote health monitoring and management. One of the company’s leading products is the Health Buddy, an IDEO-designed tabletop device for at-home elderly and chronically ill patients.
Looking to define the next generation Health Buddy, Health Hero Network returned to IDEO for an update that increased usability by speaking to advances in technology and connectivity. IDEO created a fan-shaped base to accommodate ports and enable connectivity for other medical devices, such as blood pressure and glucose monitors. In addition to increasing the functionality of the back of the device, the base also provides stability as the user pushes buttons to input data and access the Health Hero Network. On the front of the device, a color LCD screen was added, along with a speaker for sound alerts.
The final design updated the visual appearance of its predecessor with a slimmer, more contemporary aesthetic that maintains the professional look of a health device without looking clinical. In addition to supporting a growing number of health management programs, the Health Buddy system has improved self-care and reduced hospitalizations for patients with persistent asthma and chronic heart failure.
Project date: 2009