An old project (Aug 16, 2020)
Information provided by EMDEX includes but are not limited to indications, dosages (across the different age groups), advice to patients, possible interactions, list of brands and strengths available in Nigeria. EMDEX is updated annually to accommodate new drugs.
As a community pharmacist, I cannot underestimate the importance of having a reliable source of drug information — from indications to doses and also checking for the available brands of drugs in Nigeria.
According to my survey, the most used source of information includes the internet, Medscape (app), WebMD (app), textbooks and hard copies of the EMDEX and BNF. Only a few participants were aware that EMDEX has a mobile app, the few who were aware pointed out some interesting things about the current version of the app.
EMDEX has a huge library of drug information and is also approved by professional bodies in Nigeria and even by WHO, it is the most trustworthy source of drug information.
Personally, the version of EMDEX I have is the 2016–2017 edition and this is 2020. This means that the edition I use is very outdated and will not include drugs that have been added after that edition was published, for this reason, the mobile app would have been the best place to get updated information about drugs but to my amusement, only a few professionals and students are aware of the EMDEX mobile app.
The ratings and reviews both in the App Store and Playstore give me an idea of how the app has been accepted
Due to the absence of time for a one on one interview, I created a google form to help with the survey and there were pretty interesting responses. The survey was carried out with 49 participants from different sectors — Doctors, Pharmacists, Interns, Pharmacy students, Medical students. I also ensured to include participants with over 10 years of experience so I could capture information across different years of experience.
65.3% admitted to knowing that EMDEX has a mobile app while the rest (34.7%) either said they were not aware of the app or have never even heard of EMDEX. For the sake of this redesign, I would be focusing on those who were aware of the app.
From my evaluation, I identified the following problems which would form the goal of my redesign.
From the research, I was able to create the following personas:
Improved design — Wireframe
I redesigned the home screen to look more modern and functional compared to the current design. I also redesigned the carousel section, imputing a section which shows live and updated information about current trends (in the healthcare sector).