Sonant was work done while working for RadNet and is property of RadNet Inc. All rights are reserved.

Sonant began as a special project while working for RadNet, Inc. As part of the Advancing Care for Patients Living with mBC (Metastatic Breast Cancer) Challenge, Pfizer challenged teams to rethink the way apply technology within the lives of patients with metastatic breast cancer. While not chosen as a finalist, I was honored to lead design on RadNet’s submission.

Working at the intersection of unmet needs

The research shows a gap in care for mBC patients. Advancements in treatment of other cancer types are on the rise, specifically early breast cancer, leaving “incurable” mBC patients as an underserved group.

Sonant was designed with a focus on three key unmet needs—access to information about mBC, support for physical and emotional needs and support for quality of life. Where these needs intersect, Sonant offers a technology-enabled set of tools to make more emotional support and educational resources available and accessible to mBC patients along the care continuum.

— From the RadNet Submission Brief
Advancing Care for Patients Living with mBC Challenge

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Sonant is designed to be a voice-activated app that addresses the psychosocial, clinical and logistical needs of mBC patients. Powered by natural language-understanding technology, Sonant helps mBC patients and their entire network—healthcare team, family, friends—stay connected, educated and encouraged. Using voice only, patients can document their journey, and users at any level of technical or physical comfort can access sophisticated features.

These principles guided design:

Key technical considerations of the conceptual design:

Journey Map

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Visual Overview

Always-On Support

The Voice Guide – Keeping resources accessible along the care continuum

At Sonant’s core is a voice-enabled framework—the Voice Guide—that’s always on, helpful and accessible even when using a device becomes difficult. Powered by natural language-understanding, Sonant’s Voice Guide allows users to control the app’s essential functions as well as dictate and share their own voice and video messages.

Writing Your Own Story

The Journeyline – Your voice. Your story.

Sonant is designed to keep users connected to their network—family, friends, healthcare team—and to be a resource for emotional and psychological support. Journaling has been proven to help patients cope with their challenges and decrease loneliness.1 Sonant enables users to create a timeline-style journal—the Journeyline—using voice memos, videos and text entries. The Journeyline requires neither technical skill nor much concentration. It provides a powerful emotional outlet as well as a meaningful exportable keepsake for family and friends.

1 Lauren N. Harris, Elizabeth H. Cleary and Annette L. Stanton. “Project connect online: user and visitor experiences of an Internet-based intervention for women with breast cancer.” Psycho-Oncology 24: 1145–1151 (2015). 17 December 2014 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com). DOI: 10.1002/pon.3734.

Circles of Support

Groups & Circles – Staying connected with your care team and support network.

It takes mBC patients three visits with their oncologists, on average, to clearly understand treatment plans,2 and it’s been shown that patients and their families, as well as their caregivers and healthcare providers, are affected by the disease and its treatment.3 A large percentage of patients have found patient support groups to be a helpful source of information,4 and Sonant has been designed with this in mind. Everyone in an mBC patient’s network can use Groups & Circles for sharing and mutual support. Sonant even provides tools for discovering new connections and extending the care network.

2 Pfizer Oncology, European School of Oncology and Breast Unit, ABC3. “Global Status of Advanced / Metastatic Breast Cancer.” 2005-2015 Decade Report. Final Report, p. 25.

3 Pfizer Oncology, European School of Oncology and Breast Unit, ABC3. “Global Status of Advanced / Metastatic Breast Cancer.” 2005-2015 Decade Report. Final Report, p. 26.

4 Pfizer Oncology, European School of Oncology and Breast Unit, ABC3. “Global Status of Advanced / Metastatic Breast Cancer.” 2005-2015 Decade Report. Final Report, p. 17.

Knowledge is Power

Clinical Trial Finder – Knowing what’s ahead: Meaningful connections to mBC information.

Research shows that patients want more mBC-focused information as well as awareness of available clinical trials.5 Both elements have increased patients’ engagement in therapy decisions.6 Sonant helps all users—clinical and non-clinical—identify the resources they need through a search-powered Library, as well as a data-powered Clinical Trial Finder. Users can search by specific data stores (like ASCO or the American Cancer society), and Sonant can even proactively offer information based on the patient’s profile.

5 Pfizer Oncology, European School of Oncology and Breast Unit, ABC3. “Global Status of Advanced / Metastatic Breast Cancer.” 2005-2015 Decade Report. Final Report, p. 17.

6 Pfizer Oncology, European School of Oncology and Breast Unit, ABC3. “Global Status of Advanced / Metastatic Breast Cancer.” 2005-2015 Decade Report. Final Report, p. 20.

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