Lifelines and Betty Blocks Enable Healthier Aging

Wouldn’t it be nice to live longer, healthier lives? We’d all like more quality time with loved ones, more time for what makes us happy. But how do we know we’re making the right choices when it comes to our health? How do we mitigate the risk of disease and illness as we get older? The guys at Lifelines have the answer: data. 

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How can data help us grow old healthier? 

Lifelines’ purpose is two-fold. It provides free health-checks to the public, notifying general practitioners of concerns. In doing so, Lifelines has collected data on more than 167,000 people, spanning 30 years and 3 generations. This data enables medical research that empowers citizens and medical professionals to make informed decisions about healthcare. Hello, healthier aging! 

One application to save time and boost research capabilities 

Picture this: you go for your health check. The assistant has to record all your personal and medical data. A blood sample is taken and placed into an analyzer. Various levels are read and any abnormalities must be reported. The sample is labeled, transported, and stored in the biobank. All these steps can devour time and limit progress — if you let them. But Bas Bolmer, Technical Data Manager at Lifelines, embraced the spirit of innovation. Together, Betty Blocks and Bas developed an application to claim back time and shatter limitations. Here are 4 examples of how they did it:

1. Integration with Lifelines’ Salesforce CRM and other applications
Data that was once fragmented is now centralized and easily accessible. 

2. In-house customization: From weeks to days 
This is a big one. Functional managers at Lifelines now have the ability to make crucial customizations in-house. They’re no longer at the mercy of their software provider.

Previously, when researchers requested customizations, the process would take weeks — now it takes days. This means more health checks for the public, more data, and more research. All in a fraction of the time. 

3. Automation of critical tasks 
Imagine: you had a blood test and the results have raised concerns. It’s vital your doctor is notified. The Betty Blocks application is able to automate these kinds of tasks, minimizing the risk of human error. 

4. Integration with medical hardware 
Medical professionals shouldn’t have to spend their days performing data entry. Let the application do the leg-work. 

“[I am] very proud of how we came from a vision to a product...seeing the well inside streams of data gives me enough confidence that I can just enjoy my coffee quietly.” Bas Bolmer. 

5. More visibility 
Bas says that he and his team now have much more visibility on the whole process, making their work faster and more efficient. They now gain crucial insight into any changes they make, allowing for an agile approach and continuous improvement. 

Endless possibilities 

The lesson? When you decide to innovate, the sky’s the limit. In this case, we’re going beyond the power to improve quality of life. Bas’ decision to overhaul Lifelines’ platform could actually help people live longer. Not only does time equal money, it’s the most precious resource we have. Decide to innovate and give yourself, and others, the gift of time. 

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