Designing Pathology Sharing for the Children's Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium
Blackfynn, a neurology software startup, in collaboration with the:
Children's Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC), and:
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Biopsies (small collections) of children's brain tumors are recovered in surgery. This precious resource is studied by scientists to research causes and treatments for care. Brain tissue samples are stored on glass slides in a biobank. Researchers can then send requests to "check-out" the slides. The samples are shipped to the researcher who studies the slide and then ships it back. Each researcher conducts research in isolation.
Leaders at CHOP and the CBTTC asked Blackfynn to create a platform where researchers could digitally "check-out" these samples, view the work done by past researchers on the same slides to reduce duplicate efforts, and overall create a digital community for researchers of the CBTTC, a consortium of 16 children's hospitals.
How might we create a familiar but new and novel environment to share findings?
Director of UX Design
Ideation of Solutions
User feedback sessions
I began this process by speaking with researchers about the current pathways and needs. I loved this leap of trying to create a new digital system out of the systems they knew so well in a physical lab. Researchers still wanted to be able to look at "trays" of many slides at a time, zoom in at the same rates as a physical microscope, and measure abnormalities with the same methods of marking.
I then created these simplified visual prototypes to show users, in order to get feedback on the vision before our engineering team began to build in any specific direction.
The CBTTC and Blackfynn collaboration is now underway to create these digital capabilites to advance the children's brain tumor research.