CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2012
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Spectrum Health is a health care organization operating in Western Michigan, with its headquarters located in Grand Rapids. The non-profit organization aims to improve the health of the communities in which they operate.

To work effectively, Spectrum Health pharmacists need to be able to visualize and analyze medication shortages in order to make educated decisions on how to manage them. Our Medication Shortages Dashboard enables pharmacists to manage and deal with medication shortages easily and effectively.

The Medication Shortages Dashboard provides pharmacists with an at-a-glance overview of current national drug shortages. The pharmacists can rate the impact of each shortage on their hospital, and collaborate with other pharmacists in order to determine the best course of action.

Each pharmacist can create and maintain a watchlist of drugs, allowing the pharmacist to be quickly notified about status changes on those drugs.

Information about medication shortages is pulled in real time from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP). The data is molded into a format that is easy to process, and is displayed to the user in a clean, color-coded interface.

The dashboard is built using Ruby on Rails, HTML/CSS, and JavaScript.