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InsideOut

A self monitoring app for eating disorder therapy that lets patients track their behavior, thoughts, goals, and the meals consumed, as well as get their Health Professional’s feedback and support to make treatment instant and seamless.

Short overview

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Team:
Andrii Muzh

Andrii Muzh

Oleg Kondratiuk

Oleg Kondratiuk

Oksana Bachun

Oksana Bachun

Serhii Sushko

Serhii Sushko

Time:

November 2021 - ongoing

Platform:

Mobile application

Industry:

Mental Health Care

Country:

Australia

Services:

Mobile App Development, Dedicated Team

overview

Short overview

  • Team:

    Andrii Muzh
    Andrii Muzh
    Oleg Kondratiuk
    Oleg Kondratiuk
    Oksana Bachun
    Oksana Bachun
    Serhii Sushko
    Serhii Sushko
  • Time:

    November 2021 - ongoing

  • Platform:

    Mobile application

  • Industry:

    Mental Health Care

  • Country:

    Australia

  • Services:

    Mobile App Development, Dedicated Team

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About the client

InsideOut is an Australia’s national research institute for eating disorders, with a strong focus on implementing their research discoveries into everyday practice to achieve the most efficient prevention and treatment. Their goal is to provide access to high-quality evidence-based treatment for every Australian experiencing eating disorders.

project idea

Project idea

As eating disorders are often treated with a combination of clinical therapy and self monitoring, the InsideOut team decided to develop a self monitoring app to remove the need for paper tracking. It would be an instrument to let the client keep track of their food, thoughts, and behaviours during their eating disorder journey. Push notifications would increase the users’ involvement, and work as some important reminders, e.g. about the following meal.

Such a mental health app would help the patients monitor and reflect on their eating disorder recovery and notice important trends about what seems to help them or hinder them in recovery. And, what’s important, they would do it under the supervision of a health professional, using a one-way messaging functionality to let the health professional leave relevant comments and suggestions.

In such a way the InsideOut self monitoring app would help their clients to monitor and reflect on their progress in recovery.

Story

story

Story

The client noted that their existing web app version of the self monitoring features was better suited to a dedicated mobile app in order to leverage the convenience of a mobile phone during important times such as meals or distressing situations. The client approached Apiko to create a companion app for the web version, converting the existing site while using best practice mobile design to make the app easy to use and engaging.

Challenges & solutions

See the challenges, and solutions we’ve offered to our clients

task
  • Come up with the design for a mobile application

  • Build a frontend solution for the healthcare mobile app

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  • Starting Point

    the client provided us with:

  • The Institute’s eating disorder therapy web platform

  • Branding materials: information about the preferred stylistics, color theme, and design

  • Full list of app features and their backend implementation

milestones
  • Elicit and clearly define the healthcare mobile app requirements

  • Decide upon the user flow and create the clickable prototypes accordingly

  • Build the mobile app’s front end

  • Test the developed solution

What our clients say

Check out what our clients think of Apiko

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A great team to work with, Apiko go above and beyond. Extremely communicative, very detailed, have a great understanding of how much to involve the client vs. manage things themselves.

Daniel Rogers

Daniel Rogers

Digital Project Manager at InsideOut Institute

Main features

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1

Invite a health professional

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Let a health professional view and analyze your logs and progress, and leave relevant comments and suggestions to improve the overall treatment.

2

Add a goal

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Indicate what you aim to achieve, and the date by which you would like to have accomplished it.

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3

Add a food plan

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  • Indicate if your meal is the breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack

  • Write a note about it, e.g. indicate what you plan to eat, or anything else you find important

  • Select date and time when you plan to eat this meal

  • Choose if you’d like to set a notification about the meal

  • Choose how you would like to be reminded, including through push notifications

4

Add a thought

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  • Write down the unhelpful thoughts you notice and the related prompting events

  • On a 10-grade scale estimate how much you believe in those thoughts and how much distress they bring

  • Pick which emotions the thought has caused

  • Check if you followed any of the error thinking patterns, like disqualifying your achievements, emotional reasoning, all-or-nothing thinking, catastrophizing, etc.

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Add behavior entry

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  • Pick one of the types of behavior, e.g. binge eating, restricting some food, night eating, exercise, etc.

  • State if you engaged in that behavior or if it was only an urge and you didn’t do it

  • Indicate date and time of this behavior

  • Write down your related triggers, thoughts and feelings

  • When applicable, enlist food and beverages consumed

  • A list of skills that can be helpful, e.g. problem solving, emotions regulation, mindfulness, distraction and pleasant activities, etc., and their description

  • Check if you thought of applying any of these skills, and if you actually did use them

  • Write down your reflections and what you would possibly do differently next time

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Add a food entry

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  • Pick which meal it is - breakfast/ lunch/ dinner/ snack

  • Enlist food and beverages and/ or attach their photo if you wish

  • Add notes regarding your thoughts and feelings before and after eating

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7

Understand the trends and receive reminders when you need them

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  • Filter your entries by their type (food, food plan, thought, behavior)

  • Receive calendar reminders: enable push, mobile phone and email notifications

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Health professionals can monitor and give feedback on clients’ progress

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  • View the patients’ profiles

  • One-way messaging functionality for health professionals to leave the real-time feedback, comments and suggestions

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Technologies

reactNative
graphql
apollo

Healthcare mobile app custom development: The outcome

The mobile app for eating disorders and mental health care is the patients’ companion during the whole day, unlike the preceding web therapy platform. As a self monitoring app it offers convenient functionality to make notes whenever needed, and the push notifications keep the users on their way to achieving their goals. HP supervision allows steering patient’s activity in the right direction to aid their treatment.

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