OATBook | iPhone App
OATBook is a simple iPhone App to helps users undergoing Oral Anticoagulant Therapy (OAT) monitor and record their medication part of their routine. Being a dangerous and difficult drug to control it’s important it’s monitored correctly and self testing is often encouraged by the doctor.
This was a personal project for me, not only self initiated but a solution I needed to make my life a lot less complicated. The solution had to be a quick and easy reminder of all my medical notes, irregular appointment dates, prescriptions and daily dosages.
Beginners Guide to Warfarin
Most people will know Warfarin (see above) as rat poison, eeek! However, it’s also blood thiner and used to prevent blood clots for various conditions such as Deep Vain Thrombosis, Embolism and in my case heart conditions. It’s measured by regular blood tests measuring your INR (International Normalised Ratio) against your specific range, anything outside this range results in your dosage changing. Taking Warfarin carries some scary consequences so is important to be monitored regularly and recorded with your Anticoagulation Clinic.
Patients undergoing this therapy are issued with a yellow Oral Anticoagulant Therapy Record Book (see below) to present to your clinic each visit. Regular checks procide unless they see you as a appropriate candidate to self test yourself. This has been ideal for me, its meant I have kept my independence and not been tied down with appointments and sitting around in waiting rooms. I simple take my INR reading and phone through to the Coagulation Clinic to be updated on weather my dosage increases, decreases or remains the same.
The OATBook identity had to remove all scary connotations of the medications and to replicate the personal feel of the existing yellow record book (pictured above). The identity was approached with a stronger focus on becoming a lifestyle brand and less clinical but still keep some of resemblance to the existing methods of recording their records with the textures and colour pallet taking references from that.
The OATBook app had to feel friendly, light and easy to interact with as well as highlight the importance of regular dosage times but more importantly aid the communication with the users clinic. Being an App, as much as we may like to think, its impossible to demand the users full attention all of the time so a simple minimal intuitive interface was vital.
After a shot on Dribbble
I was lucky to hear back from Matt Davenport
who I went on to work closely with and get OATBook ready for the App store.