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.
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.