“We worked with a customer that combines biological markers from blood tests with answers to a questionnaire in order to generate input to feed into a machine learning model that responds with a forecast of how someone’s disease is likely to progress. This data lets doctors know what they should tell patients to do in order to avoid the worst-case scenario, if they’re headed in that direction.
“The customer has a medical device that’s approved by the National Health Agency in that country and they had been collecting information from doctors via paper forms. There were a couple of ways they would collect the data, but one channel was all paper.
“They wanted to switch that around and say, ‘Look, what we really need is a portal for the doctors. The doctors should be able to fill out a nice web form, where all of the input is validated, and then it comes into the system.’ And they’re sending a refrigerated box to the doctor, that the doctor can put a blood sample in, and send it back to the lab, and all these kinds of things.
“That was a really interesting product we worked on. And we actually worked on the physician portal part of the product, where the doctors and their clinical staff could log into the product.
“They could check on the results of a test. They would get the results back on the platform to see what was necessary. They then had the data available to let them know if they should think about rescheduling tests for some patients. So they could test periodically, to keep an eye on a patient’s condition, to see whether they were getting better or worse over time.
“I’ve gotten some good feedback from the customer, six, eight, nine months down the road, that the portal is being used by doctors to help patients, and the doctors are happy with the portal.
“It’s a great feeling for me, because I know it means there are patients who are being helped by this product we worked on. There are patients who are being given the opportunity to make lifestyle changes that could have a major impact on their quality of life in the near future.
“If you can see that your work may be helping real people in significant ways, it’s a real motivator to do your best job.”