The YoURHealth application allows users to adjust their font size and alter the page so those with poor vision have an optimal experience, making it accessible for all users.
Each YoURHealth user has a customized page, tailored to their personal information. This web application showcases the user’s personal history assessment and will recommend when he or she should take the assessment again.
While using engaging infographics, the YoURHealth web application provides users with their personal results from their physical health assessment and then delivers the resources needed in order to improve their overall wellbeing.
In August 2012, the School of Nursing at the University of Rochester
was looking to build a web-based application for a new strategic
directive regarding its various health intervention programs, known
as YoURHealth. By implementing a preventative health care plan,
the University of Rochester could encourage their employees to lead
a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families, while keeping the
costs of health care down. The hope was to provide employees with
a way to check their current state of health and improve it with
informed recommendations based on an online assessment and their personal
Biometrics (weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc).
One key aspect of this program was an online Personal Health
Assessment Survey, along with a biometrics screening to all
employees who are eligible based on their health plan. Previously,
the University had been provided this service by a health care
company, but ultimately were not happy with the results nor the cost.
With ITX’s help they now have the technology to pair with their
facilities and well-trained clinical staff. This web application
transformed the services they provide, initially for University
employees and soon after for other organizations in the Rochester area.
"Working with ITX as a partner has allowed us to grow farther, faster, and better than we could
possibly imagine. More than a vendor or service provider, ITX is an innovative creative partner."
According to social scientists, behaviors can’t be coerced, but they can be influenced. Researcher Edward Deci and others have been developing the Self Determination Theory for the last few decades in an attempt to find ways to modify fundamental human behaviors in the context of their health. It has been shown over and over again that this theory can be applied to help people quit smoking, eat better, and get more exercise.
There are three key influencing factors that will get people to change their behaviors over the long run: autonomy, competence and relatedness. Understanding what drives decision making for individual users is a critical step in understanding how to change minds and modify behaviors with technology. This theory was imperative to the success of this application. It was necessary to hone in on the way technology could be used to alter the users’ behavior in order to provide real value to its users.
ITX took this theory and applied it to the technology surrounding the
YoURHealth program. With the Personal Health Assessment survey,
the University of Rochester School of Nursing is able to create
autonomy by giving their users choices around their health and
empowered them with information regarding specific medical issues
they may be facing. Providing users with solutions to transit
problems that are specific to them is a way relatedness is
demonstrated. Lastly, we were able to build competence within this
solution by providing users with information they can understand.
This transparency will go a long way in providing users with the
competence they need to make intelligent decisions.
After prioritizing the different phases of this project, the ITX
Design team was engaged to help create a solution for YoURHealth
that met the functionality needs of the University as well as
provided a clean and easy-to-use experience.
They collaborated with the University of Rochester to ensure
direction was clear and the goals were understood. We were able to
design and create a portal for the Personal Health Assessment that
was online and easily accessible to all University employees.
The YoURHealth solutions were built on DNN Evoq
Content. This content management system
provides the University of Rochester School of
Nursing with the ability to easily update and manage
the content within their solution.
Initially, the Personal Health Assessment Survey was
built with Dynamic Forms, a third party solution that
allowed them to meet their deadline and avoid
having to renew a year long contract with their former
healthcare provider. However, the University had an
unmet need for customization and flexibility. At that
point, ITX was enlisted to build a Custom Survey Module,
thereby providing absolute freedom to the University to
make the surveys fit their ever evolving business needs.
The partnership between the University of Rochester
and ITX has made a splash in the daily lives of the
University employees and other organizations that will
use this system. Neither organization wishes to
stop here. The University of Rochester understands that
the business they provide internally for the University can
also help other organizations to improve their members’
health. ITX continues to work on new requirements -month
after month- accommodating changes in the business, new
features, and enhancing the user experience, all of which
result in healthier lives.
Looking to the future, there are already many ideas
for improving and creating programs based on the
collection of data and the interests of the patients.
The continual refinement of these tools inspires a
vision of a happy and healthy future. Through ITX’s
and the University of Rochester’s partnership, they
hope to tell a story of creativity and caring that
reaches beyond their initial targets and inspires
others to make the choice of leading a healthy life.
We are interested in learning more about your company and its technology pain points. ITX takes a no strings attached, consultative approach in order to get a better understanding on how we can help align your technology to better serve your target market. Our Technology Consultants are excited to sit down and help roadmap a solution to your technology needs.
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