How might we encourage women to test their intimate health more frequently?

Self-test for Cervical Cancer

 

Finding time in the busy lives is quite challenging. Especially for women who have to work as well as taking care of their children. Yet intimate health is very important to avoid undetected diseases like cervical cancer. Therefore Blossom is designed to take your pap smear sample at home, whenever you find the time. It protects your privacy and offers you a simple and user friendly interaction to experience a less nerve-stretching examination. 



Umeå Institute of Design // Strategic Design // Medical Design // 8 weeks // Single project // Collaboration with Philips Healthcare

 
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You have more than 1 advantage:
+schedule your "appointment"
+more privacy
+less stressful environment

 

 
 
 

Intro: Healthcare

 
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HEALTHCARE INTRODUCTION To start off, a presentation to introduce the world of healthcare was heald by the representative designer of Philips Özgür Tasar.

HEALTHCARE INTRODUCTION

To start off, a presentation to introduce the world of healthcare was heald by the representative designer of Philips Özgür Tasar.

CERVICAL CANCER In "How might we..." - sessions we shared our interests and initial ideas to get feedback and proceed with the design process. My focus was on cervical cancer examinations, as they are not an ideal system for nowadays society.

CERVICAL CANCER

In "How might we..." - sessions we shared our interests and initial ideas to get feedback and proceed with the design process. My focus was on cervical cancer examinations, as they are not an ideal system for nowadays society.

 

The hunt for a design opportunity...
 

EXAMINATION PROCESS >

In many cases, it takes up to weeks or months until women get the appointment to get examined due to high demand. Yet nowadays, women aren't so flexible with their busy time schedules.

To get a feeling for the necessity of the project, I interviewed women about their visits at the gynecologist and their experience.

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Examination - emotions

 

Most women tend to skip half-yearly examinations due to busy schedules and waiting times (especially on the countryside). The examination is made with a so-called speculum. With it, the gynecologist spreads the vaginal canal open to be able to insert the cervix brush for taking the cell samples.

 
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Concept: home testing device

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DEFINING SHAPE // ERGONOMICS

For testing which shape would be ideal to hold an press a button in the laying position, I made testing models out of clay. Each of them got re-evaluated over a longer process, which defined the final shape of the device.

 

 

 

Starter kit

Starter kit containts: sample brush (detachable), Blossom testing device, instructions

 

One-button examination

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Press the button to activate blossom after the insertion.
Smooth sound and vibration feedback tell you when you are done with the examination.

 

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