Application Strategy, Design, Development, and Maintenance
Machine was approached by Dr. Patrick O’Byrne, Full Professor at the University of Ottawa, to help build an ambitious system – basically, an adaptive quiz that calculates level of risk for each participant and suggests testing for HIV and various STIs.
We worked closely with the GetaKit study team, starting with a complex series of interconnected Google Sheets that allowed Dr. O’Byrne to manipulate variables to ensure that the system was backed by verified science.
Machine then built a heavily customized WordPress environment that allowed the GetaKit team to manage all aspects of the quiz – questions, answer types, scoring, special populations, and more, were all editable in a familiar WordPress interface.
With future expansion in mind, we built the environment as a Multisite, and housed all of the study’s data in the main “hub” site. Sub-sites were easily created by the GetaKit administrators, allowing them to reach participants across Ontario. Sub-sites could then also be managed by site-specific administrators at each location.
Since then, the system has been greatly expanded. We’ve added many other at-home and laboratory tests, a more streamlined quiz, lab requisitions, curbside and on-site pickup, automated notifications and automated order management processes.
The custom-built user management dashboard allows the GetaKit team and representatives from public health organizations to view and manage orders and labs.
We’re still constantly adding to the system – weekly touch-bases with the GetaKit team typically include a handful of enhancements or entirely new functionalities. The flexibility of the system has been a key factor of the project’s success to date.
We provide ultra secure web hosting for the application and database containing public health information, and 24/7/365 support for all GetaKit requests.
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