SMART Pediatric Growth Chart App: Making data meaningful through design

Sara Munday
The SMART Pediatric Growth Chart app features an easy-to-understand Parent View.

The SMART Pediatric Growth Chart app features an easy-to-understand Parent View.

We are thrilled to see GigaOm’s story on our collaboration with the SMART initiative from Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital to redesign the pediatric growth chart. In the US, the pediatric growth chart is the ever present tool in nearly every visit your child pays to the doctor, and yet for many parents, the information presented is unclear. In some cases, this can lead to misinterpreted data, which can result in fatal consequences. SMART partnered with Fjord to take a design-led approach to create an open-source, interactive pediatric growth chart app that can be easily read, understood, and shared between doctors and parents.

The app allows doctors to compare charts on one screen, giving a holistic overview of a child's development.

The app allows doctors to compare charts on one screen, giving a holistic overview of a child’s development.

To uncover insights into the existing challenges with the current pediatric growth chart, Fjord spent time interviewing doctors and clinicians and incorporating their feedback into the design process. This user-centric approach is unusual in the development of medical software. In most cases, technology takes the lead, and design is an afterthought. Within the healthcare community, the cry for better design in Electronic Health Records (EHRs) is becoming part of a trend as recent studies show. The SMART initiative is committed to presenting meaningful alternatives to poorly-designed EHR systems, offering clinicians tools that allow them to do their jobs more effectively. We will continue to work closely with SMART to improve upon the Pediatric Growth Chart app as we get more feedback. Looking ahead, Fjord will continue to work with companies to design a new generation of meaningful and beautiful software solutions for healthcare that will have a positive impact on clinicians and patients alike.
Sara Munday

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