08 / 2021 – 02 / 2022
Embracing digital health (DH) is believed to be a viable way to improve healthcare services . Digital Health uses an array of hardware and software technologies to substitute in-person care, augment existing solutions with better self-management and greater personalization and create new care by reaching more people .
Prenatal care could benefit from DH solutions by using wearable devices to frequently collect physiological parameters and potentially identify abnormal prenatal events or with the usage of lifestyle and medical mobile applications  It also has been shown that applications related to pregnancy have become an important information source for pregnant women .
Nevertheless, DH solutions could lead to low-value care such as ineffectiveness (produces harm to patients), inefficiency (adds unnecessary care) or misalignment with users’ preferences and acceptance . Furthermore, privacy policies related to data sharing have been frequently overlooked in the existing maternity applications . User experience research and usability testing provide tools to answer these questions.
This thesis aims to investigate how a DH solution could add value to the prenatal healthcare while avoiding the mentioned issues in context of a digital maternity record application.
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