Revamp and streamline the annual Periodic Entitlement Reviews (PERs) process to provide the user with a guided, centralized, and efficient experience. The current procedure is time-consuming and can be overwhelming for decision-making in compensation cases. PERs are conducted annually to assess and confirm claimants' eligibility for ongoing compensation benefits.
This project aims to transition PERs processing from the outdated iFECS database, which relies on external tools like Word, to ECOMP.
Within the ECOMP dashboard, Claims Examiners (CEs) will review medical records and Form CA-1032 in the case file via Imaging, send required letters, and code the PERs. The CE now has two formats (electronic and paper versions) for reviewing the CA-1032 form. The current procedure is time-consuming and can be overwhelming for decision-making in compensation cases.
Transform and simplify the annual Periodic Entitlement Reviews (PERs) process, offering users a centralized and intuitive experience. This empowers Claims Examiners (CEs) to efficiently review documents with AI support and code PERs in a unified platform. The guided workflow streamlines the entire process, providing multiple access points for reviews and expediting decision-making for CEs.
UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM
Historically, there has been a high error rate in PERs. There is a high volume of cases and many of the cases involved digging through years’ worth of medical, making for a time-consuming and tedious process for CEs.
In order to minimize the risk of user error, a review process guidance is needed
Utilizing the new AI search tool to minimize medical document search times
Integrate the new interface with the original database (iFECS).
Provide backend logic based on the information in the claimant's form and their medical records to the CE.
Completing a PER can be highly exhausting for users, primarily because of the multitude of tools they must utilize. The introduction of the electronic CA-1032 has required that Claims Examiners (CEs) manually record claimant entries for integration with the suggestion logic.
Reduce the time it takes for them to make a decision
Minimize the amount of tools and tabs used so information doesn’t get losses in the review process
Utilize their mental models from prior tool usage to aid in their transition to a new interface.
Research + Definition
Wizard Flow: Allow CEs to focus on one question at a time so that they are making conscious choices.
Centralization: Creating a one-stop shot experience, where the CE does not have to leave their screens to complete most tasks.
Pre-Population: Aggregate information from other sources to save the user from entering information we already know.
Forward Progression: Save information to the path that you selected and if they go back they can have that data set there.
Minimal Clicks: Reducing time by finding ways to shortcut clicks without damaging the UX experience.
How do we structure a review process with multiple steps?
Several iterations were made to the user flow by the client, mainly to understand how this new interface could communicate with their outdated database.
Using multiple alignment meetings, we helped guide conversations to help them finally align their vision for this project.
What can we do to make the review and input process easier for examiners to avoid fatigue?
The client had many ideas for this project. It was important to align on what they envisioned and what would make the user experience better. As the final design evolved, we remained focused on four key design principles to minimize error and streamline the intake process.
#1: Less Clicks the Better
Focusing on fewer clicks and interactions is the best way for the CE to move quickly through the review process.
With the wizard flow format, we created a form input style based on choosing your own adventure.
The journey of the user is tracked by a progress circle.
In cases where no answer is needed, we would skip the question since it is irrelevant to the case being reviewed.
#2: Centralization is Key
By combining all interactions and information onto one screen, fatigue from switching between tabs to view documents is reduced and data is not lost.
If supporting information is needed, we can provide it without interrupting our main task.
A collapsible drawer holds useful information that can be accessed when needed and hidden when the user needs to focus elsewhere.