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HFES congratulates Marisa Grayson, a master’s student in the Integrated Systems Engineering Department at Ohio State University, on taking first place in the 2018 “Mobile Health Applications for Consumers” Student Design Competition. The results of the competition were announced on March 26 during HFES’s International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care in Boston.

Grayson’s app, RecorDr. – Facilitating Patient Self-Advocacy and Enabling Large-Scale Human Factors Research, is used by patients to record conversations with physicians to aid in deciding whether to undergo contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) after receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer when CPM is not indicated. It serves as both an aid to the patient and a research tool to gather data about decision-making in such cases.

Grayson employed user-centered design techniques with a multidisciplinary team. Development began with contextual inquiry to learn about users’ needs, followed by development of a patient persona (Judith) for the purposes of prototyping and usability testing.

“Our initial observations and interviews that led to the creation of Judith were invaluable to our design process,” said Michael F. Rayo, adviser on the project. “We needed to know how to help her as a patient so that she would continue


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