Diamond Tree

MD Anderson Cancer Center: Web-based Medical Case Study System

MD Anderson Case Study System Screenshot 1

Background

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the premier cancer treatment centers in the world. Their mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

This was a grant-funded project to develop a web-based system host medical case studies created by MD Anderson.

MD Anderson Case Study System Screenshot 2

Initial research

We had a series of meetings with the Principal Investigator of the grant, her team, and with various other stakeholders at MD Anderson. After these initial conversations we were able to discuss various approaches to the project, and then provide a scope of work and estimated budget.

MD Anderson Case Study System Screenshot 3

Design

Subject matter experts at MD Anderson provided us with example medical case studies, and we referenced these as we began to design the system.

We adopted the visual design language of the MD Anderson website, and we started to create HTML prototypes to work out the interaction model.

Development

Once the design was in place, we developed the system using a content management system (CMS) that was supported by the MD Anderson networking team.

While we are very proud of the final product, the timeline and budget of this project did not allow us to construct a full-fledged case study authoring system using the CMS. We believe there would be enormous potential with such a system, and we hope to have the opportunity to revisit that idea in the future.

Play the video to see the system in action.