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Alloy #12 – Week of May 25, 2020

Robert Floyd
Founder, Designer
May 25, 2020

Last Week

Last week consisted of a lot of nitty-gritty, small tasks, and some big research tasks.

The common mantra in Saas is to build software that scratches your itch. In other words, build something that you would use because it’s a lot easier to make intuitive decisions based on your experience. When you build for someone else, it’s a bit harder because you don’t have the context and experience necessary to inform many of the decisions you make. Thus I spend a lot of time doing a lot of research. Reading articles, documentation, papers, and regulations and then re-reading those a few days later.

Last week, I found and explored a few of these research tools that I think will prove to be very instrumental for us. The two main tools are the SNOMED CT and RxMix.

SNOMED CT is one of a suite of designated standards for use in U.S. Federal Government systems for the electronic exchange of clinical health information and is also a required standard in interoperability specifications of the U.S. Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel.

Source - National Libray of Medicine

In short, SNOMED catalogs and creates relationships between different medical terminology. This has the potential to form the basis for our NLP system that I referenced last week.

The other great tool we found is called RxMix. This tool give us a searchable database to find prescription and OTC drugs. RxMix also has a publically available API that may give us a headstart on drug names and prescribing information.

In addition, it gives us an excellent industry-standard reference to avoid using N00B language or terms in our design files and prototypes.

Some other items we made some progress on this past week include:

  • Sample Patient Data
  • Block Types and Documentation
  • Plan Action Items

This Week

We’ll be continuing to work through our initial MVP of our note-taking experience as well as continuing to refine our data management plan. This, in addition, to continuing research into NLP design.

Thanks for reading and see you next week!

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