The DOGNOD concept prototype enables teens to define what health is for them and provides a way to share it with their doctors to affect treatment.

There are four elements to the DOGNOD system:

  1. Mood tracking through text messaging
  2. Medication adherence reminders through ambient-technology
  3. Teleport medicine via multi-media messaging (MMS) on a mobile phone
  4. An aggregated user interface that collects the multiple forms of data and visualizes that information within the context of a patient’s short- and long-term goals. The teen patient is in control of which information gets shown to care providers, friends, family and what is comepletely private.

Visit the Process Blog to view the prototype designs and conversation.


Our results indicate teen-centric wellness is not disease-related but involves a sense of well-being based on social networks, family support and healthy life style choices. In addition, music is a very important aspect of teen life and gives them a voice to express their health care concerns. Taking into account all of the personal data collected through the probes, their primary diagnosis was seldom mentioned, and often viewed as a negative. When asked to look ahead, their immediate future concerns involved completing schoolwork, getting into college, and having a good career- not health-related issues. Feedback from the teens strongly indicates their desire for health care providers to know about them, not just to focus on their disorder.

The cultural probes themselves, empowered the adolescents in transition and provided to the health care providers a multi-dimensional perspective of the patients that was not observable in a time-constrained clinic setting. The prototype system is an opportunity to incorporate these powerful, patient-specific activities into electronic medical records to enrich the caregiver’s understanding of the patient’s perception of their health care needs.