As healthcare companies increasingly adopt telemedicine and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) to enhance patient outcomes, the global digital health market is booming. However, the elderly population, a significant demographic, often struggle to adapt to these technological Advancements.
By 2060, a quarter of Americans will be aged 65 or older, emphasizing the importance of designing digital health experiences with the aging population in mind. Research indicates that seniors encounter difficulties with digital health, find telemedicine inconvenient, and need assistance with new electronics. From forgotten passwords to program glitches, even the login screen of a patient portal app can cause frustration.
To make digital health more accessible, comprehensive UX testing is crucial. Testing the UX of healthcare software becomes more complex due to multiple modules and services from different suppliers across platforms. Constant updates and interactions between electronic medical records (EMR) systems and other healthcare software further complicate the process. Manual testing is time-consuming and expensive, extending the quality assurance (QA) process.
Functionality, localization, performance, accessibility, and user experience all need to be evaluated, but limited resources often result in only a few user journeys being tested.
AI and digital twin technology have the potential to revolutionize healthcare UX testing. A digital twin is a virtual representation of user experiences within an application. By employing intelligent test automation technologies, such as Eggplant, digital twin models, can simulate user behavior and explore variations that may have been missed with human testing. Machine learning algorithms enable efficient coverage of vast testing areas, generating test cases and evaluating user interactions. This approach allows for improved digital experiences and greater testing coverage.
Additionally, this approach not only saves time and resources but also ensures comprehensive testing coverage. Machine learning algorithms enable the generation of test cases and the evaluation of user interactions, leading to improved digital healthcare experiences for seniors.
AI-driven UX testing empowers healthcare companies to create user-friendly, seamless digital experiences for the aging population. With the aging population in mind, AI-driven UX testing proves essential to making digital health more accessible and user-friendly for seniors.