DrawMD

Medical Illustrations for a Patient Education App

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Client: drawMD
Medium: Digital, (Photoshop)

Back in 2010 it seemed like everyone was talking about the app! Even the Apprentice on UK BBC TV had an episode around the creation of an app.

From the beginning, we have been fortunate to work with innovative companies looking at ways at improving patient care using new technologies. One of these companies was a company called DrawMD. Pioneered by two doctors in the US Todd Morgan, M.D Associate Professor and Alexander Kutikov, MD, FACS, together formed the drawMD company in order to develop an app for the iPad to be a medical tool for use by clinicians.

The purpose of the drawMD app was to display medical information in an interactive and visual way to help increase doctor patient engagement. The drawMD app based itself on the use of medical illustrations with the ability for doctors to personalise patient information, draw on the anatomy, explain procedures with arrows and text, to allow doctors to show patients their own individual treatment information.

Using the app on an iPad allowed the clinician to have the iPad with them at all times when meeting with patients, to set up a patient files and record patient information in a very visual way, even emailing the annotated illustrations directly to the patient or another doctor.

We were commissioned by drawMD over a three year period producing anatomical medical illustrations for a range of their apps, Joanna was a featured medical artist and we enjoyed a long and collaborative relationship.

Project Detail

Joanna and the Medical-Artist.com team worked with the DrawMD team for a number of years providing the illustrations to form the visual foundations for each of the Apps. Covering medical conditions such as Pediatrics, Vascular, Stroke, Ophthalmology, Pulmonary, Orthopedics, Anesthesia, Thoracic surgery.

The medical illustrations needed to be very high quality to allow the users to zoom in to anatomical detail. At the same time very accurate so that the anatomy is easy to see and the patient can understand what the clinician is showing them. We have provided a wide range of background images and also smaller, ‘stamp’ images which are of elements such as surgical implants and medical devices allowing the clinician to quickly select these and add them to a specific point on the image.

Client comments

Joanna has provided the core illustrations for many our iPad Apps, and her illustrations have received terrific reviews from our users. She understands our requirements clearly and understands the specifics of illustrating for digital media and mobile applications. The quality of her work is outstanding, and she can be relied upon to hit deadlines and deliver to the exact clinical requirements of each project.

Todd Morgan, M.D Associate Professor, Urology joint creator of drawMD

“Joanna has a great eye for detail and the illustrations were loved by everyone, most especially by the client.”Stuart Banks, Digital Project Manager, Frontera
“Joanna was right at home working with us to develop illustrations that both met our clinical needs and fit perfectly into the aesthetics of our user interface. Her work is superb!”Michael Gold , Director of Product Development, CareCloud
“We have now received the new folder with your illustrations: I love it!”Lisa Ruckstuhl - Product Manager Osteoporosis, Daiichi Sankyo (Schweiz) AG
“I’m really pleased with how the book finally looks and that is in part huge thanks to Jo for such fantastic and skilled art. The level of detail that Jo achieves is incredible and her medical knowledge clearly abounds. She is always such a pleasure to work with – nothing is too big or small a job. It was all approached with the same cheery manner! Jo always delivered on deadlines too, which is a huge relief to us designers! Many thanks – it has indeed been a pleasure. I would have no hesitation to recommend Jo!”Senior Designer, Duncan Baird Publishers
“Joanna and her team are a pleasure to work with. They are responsive and creative. They turned around several excellent animations and drawings for our video series. We certainly would enjoy working with them again!”David Mathison, MD, MBA, Associate Director of Pediatric Transport, Children's National Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine
“Joanna has provided the core illustrations for a number of our iPad Apps, and her illustrations have received terrific reviews from our users. She understands our requirements clearly and also understands the specifics of illustrating for digital media and mobile applications. The quality of her work is outstanding, and she can be relied upon to hit deadlines and deliver to the exact clinical requirements of each project.”Todd Morgan, Co-Founder, drawMD
“Hello Tim and Joanna,
Thank you for the illustrations, you have done an outstanding job on the finished articles… The service provided was efficient and very thorough, we were very happy with the way you able to understand and translate the brief into an illustration which captured the desired output.”Clare Lynex, Senior Medical Writer, UBM Media Asia, Singapore
“We found medical-artist.com to be energetic, imaginative, and efficient, a joy to work with!”Dr Sam Alberti, Director of Museums and Archives, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London