Designing Patient Reminders and Notifications

For people who have chronic illnesses, there is often a multitude of information that must be remembered in order to manage their illness such as medications, appointments, and overall, to take care of their health.

Design workshop material

Although there is a large amount of information, there are also those with chronic illnesses who have successfully appropriated the things and environment around them to help them remember all of this information.


In this project, I was interested in understanding how to better design reminder systems that engage patients and encourage and foster their self-management. I sought to learn from people’s successes to understand if we can use those successes as inspiration for a better design of reminder technologies.


  • Design Futures workshops
  • Cultural probes
  • Photo elicitation
  • Focus groups
  • Open coding
  • Grounded theory


( PDF ) Katie O’Leary, Leslie S. Liu, Jennifer McClure, James Ralston, and Wanda Pratt. 2016. Persuasive Reminders for Health Self-Management. Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA 2016).

( PDF ) Jordan Eschler, Leslie S. Liu, Lisa Vizer, Jennifer McClure, Paula Lozano, Wanda Pratt, and James Ralston. 2015. Designing Asynchronous Communication Tools for Optimization of Patient-Clinician Coordination. Proceedings of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA 2015).