Cardiovascular Risk Calculator

www.cvriskcalculator.com

Introduction

Screenshot 2015-07-11 19.47.57The 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk introduced a new risk assessment calculator based on aggregate data from several cohorts. According to these guidelines, a patient’s risk according to this algorithm is critical in determining if a cholesterol-lowering statin should be prescribed. Initially, this calculator was available only through a somewhat onerous Excel spreadsheet. Moreover, this was nearly impossible to access through mobile phones, a preferred modality.

Solution

Using Bootstrap and Ruby on Rails, I designed and implemented a responsive website built from the risk algorithm the ACC/AHA had created in preparation for their guidelines.

Challenges

  • Implementing a statistical risk model in software
  • Building an interface that supports both mobile and desktop users
  • Creating a print interface for physician users who want to share results with patients

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