Improving Physician-Patient Communication

October 2016, 16 Weeks


Effective physician-patient communication is a central clinical function, and the resulting communication is the heart and art of medicine and a central component in the delivery of high-quality healthcare. However, patient-centered medicine is not always common and is often neglected by factors such as time pressure, information loss and impersonal communication.


The main objectives of this platform are the creation of good doctor-patient interpersonal communication, the reduction of operational tasks, and the facilitation of information exchange involving the patient.

By streamlining communication, we improve the ability to gather information in order to facilitate accurate diagnosis, appropriate counselling, easily get therapeutic instructions and establish a caring relationship between patients and physicians.


Olivier Brückner
Max Mertens
Janis Walser



Medoo is a browser based application which provides the user with various services, relating his health. The user can search for doctors in his area, make an appointment, get an online-prescription or just manage his schedule. Besides that, the app provides a comprehensive health data monitoring system where the user can track his added data and compare it to other components. He also can organize his documents or prescriptions and get detailed information about the status of his medication.


Focusing on the communication between patients and doctors, the patient needs to connect with doctors. Within the "My Doctors" section the user is able to see all the doctors nearby, contact them or schedule an appointment right away. 


Making an appointment a wizard navigation leads the user through every step of inserting the required informations. This way the doctor has all the information and documents needed in advance and the patient does not have to worry about forgetting something.

Medication and Recipes

Native application features help the patient to remember taking pills, keep track of their medication usage, remember about outdated vaccinations or gather prescriptions digitally. For the patient as well as the doctors this helps to know the exact medical history and thus being able to treat the patient the perfect way.


Within "Health" the patient can track all of the relevant data, wether automatically using wearables or manually. This data the patient as well as the doctor can use to predict possible diseases early.


Through a patient-centered communication and streamlined exchange of information it's able to detect problems earlier, can prevent medical issues and expensive intervention, and provide better support to their patients.
In the practice of medicine, this may lead to the ultimate goal of achieving the best outcome and patient satisfaction, lower costs of care, greater patient understanding of health issues, and increasing of a more human-focused treatment process.


This is a student project created during semester 2016 as part of the course in Application Design.


Prof. Jürgen Graef
Hochschule für Gestaltung
Schwäbisch Gmünd