When harnessed correctly, data has the power to change society, reshape ways of working and transform lives.
One great example of this is Oravizio, an AI-driven solution for predicting and assessing the risks of joint replacement surgery.
But grasping the transformative potential of data – and how it can be realised on a practical level during project development – isn’t always easy.
￼A closer look at what made Oravizio a success and distilled our findings into these five essentials of how to utilise transformative data.
1: Know how to harness your data:
In the case of Oravizio there was a huge amount of data collected into a data pool. But how best to use this colossal amount of information? Solita took that data, analysed it and turned it into a solution that accurately predicts risks and helps the surgeon communicate effectively with the patient. And don’t forget the usability factor.
Antti Eskelinen, Unit Senior Physician and Research Director at Coxa has used Oravizio for the last eight months: “When the patient really understands the risks and what she/he can do to decrease the risks, the patient is more motivated to do the changes. This is not always easy to achieve just by talking. I’ve found that when the patient really sees the figures and graphs, it is easier for her/him to understand the need for change.”
This is a great example of how an intangible entity – data – was transformed into a concrete clinical tool.
2: Be iterative, be agile
A solution like Oravizio wouldn’t have been possible without an intensely iterative development process. This goes back to the original data pool. Solita challenged Coxa on this pool, sparring with them for the best possible usage this could be put to. From there on it was agile all the way. A further boost to this way of working is sprints. For Oravizio the team worked in two-week sprints, giving them time to spar, assess and improve along the way.
3: Get your priorities straight
One danger with complex and unique development projects? Sidetracking and unclear goals. Always have a clear target in front of you. That doesn’t mean there’s no room for spontaneity and creativity. But always be asking your team – how is our work benefiting the end user?
4: Do your homework (and document everything)
ORAvizio required clinical certification and lots of clinical evaluation. So only the very highest standards would do. And this meant keeping up to date with the latest research in the field of medical practice and joint replacement surgery.
If you don’t follow the correct documentation processes, then you may find yourself in trouble down the road. Having the right documents in order means you have each and every step mapped out in your project’s journey. It’s also vital when applying for certification – just like Oravizio’s CE certification.
5: Scrum masters of the world, unite!
A defining feature of the development work for Oravizio was the multi-sited nature of the Solita team. This underlined the criticality of effective and transparent communication between all team members. This rule applies to all teamwork, no matter the geographical distances involved. A competent scrum master is a must for effective multi-site working. Your team may be scattered – make sure your goals aren’t.