TRAKStation BCSI SAFE Sens

This was a year long project to create the next generation of Blood Embryo storage management monitors & products.

TRAKStation is a cutting edge monitoring device that enables laboratories to maximize storage for their work. This product was completely bespoke for SAFE Sens utilizing Raspberry Pi hardware with custom software to support.

Role:

UX/UI Designer & Business Analyst

Team:

Project Manager, Backend Developer, Front End Developer, Q&A Tester

Client

Founded in 1999, Blood Cell Storage, Inc. (BCSI), is a Delaware based corporation also known as SAFE Sens. BCSI makes products that families use and have developed two core technology platforms, both solutions have one clear goal: to create value for all stakeholders (patients, clinicians, collaborators, and shareholders) by leveraging fluorescent dye, micro-fluidics, and Nucleic Acid Extraction capabilities and Intellectual Property to reduce healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes.

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Project Overview

SAFE Sens was looking to update their legacy monitoring systems to make them more efficient and use modern tools & hardware to bring their device into the 2000s. These legacy monitoring systems were in over 50,000 laboratories world-wide. Using a blank canvas as far as hardware or software, I was tasked with researching the current needs for the updated product and what hardware technologies would work best, in an actual real-world laboratory setting.

The goal of the project was to deliver a fully designed application & hardware recommendation to enable SAFE Sens to deliver a new powerful tool for their clients, that was more efficient, cost effective and reliable than the previous version.

Problem

SAFE Sens legacy hardware was in desperate need of modernization due to their old school interface and inefficiency of the existing technology. The issue was creating a product that not only allows user to do their work, but the hardware needed to fit into real-world laboratories. There were no devices (iPads, Laptops, etc) that could handle the needs for this type of functionality. The team not only had to do a complete custom software build, but we also needed to create a hardware recommendation that could work for the laboratory technicians.

In addition to the new software & hardware, the device needed to have very detailed robust reporting delivered to the users in real-time, which was something that did not exist before this project.

The Process


Step 1: User Research


The first part of the project was to have a clear understanding of all the stakeholders that would be using this application. Having multiple divisions responsible for entirely different things our goal was to identify the individual portals that would services the different divisions while identifying the current workflow for each user type. Through user stories will documented all needed functionality and where things should live.

Step 2: Application Design & Integrations


Having documented & quantified the users’ personas and functionality needed to support their workflows, the next piece was to design the Site-Map, Wireframes & User Interactions. Taking the users current workflows, I broke down the core needs of the application while understanding all the problem and pain points of the current system. Using interactive mock-ups, I was able to test workflows against real-world situations and outlying cases.

Step 3: UI Design


The last step in the design process was to organize and create an ascetic for the application. Having identified all the needed functionality and displays, the goal of the step was to take the different variations sensors and organzine the pages to all for clear visible reading for all the embryos monitored by the device. Different portals were created for the various user types.

Project Outcome

In September 2014, TrakStation rolled out to over 20,000 laboratories world-wide. It has been SAFE Sens’ #1 product since launch and corners the industry market share.