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Ronal Infante Transdisciplinary Design Lead
Digital / Physical / Service

Connecting rural physicians in Costa Rica

Rice University

Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS)

Team project, Jan 2016 – May 2016

Performed a requirements analysis in San José, Costa Rice by consulting with clinicians at rural and national hospitals in both Spanish and English, produced minimal viable product guided by user needs.

  • Needs Assesment
  • Expert Interviews
  • Github
  • Xcode
  • HTML5/CSS3
  • Javascript/jQuery

Research & MVP

Costa Rica has one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the world. We learned that their tiered healthcare system is a major contributing factor.

Rural patients receive healthcare at local clinics and hospitals with general physicians. Patients suspected of having cervical cancer must travel to one of 6 national hospitals to receive specialized care, all of which are in central Costa Rica. These women, who are often low-income and tasked with child care, must make a nerve-racking and expensive trip just to find out if they have cancer or not. Many choose not to seek care.