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How Code Simplified my Work.

One has to find something to automate.

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work life
2020-05-06
By: cS

One sort of has to find something to automate in the first place.

Soon after I started my job as a barista I was given an invitation to begin transcribing for a doctor at a Medical Center.

I tought well, I have zero experience at transcribing, much less transcribing medical documentation. “Whatever, you can learn on the job”, the doctor told me. Sooner rather than later I was familiar with all sorts of obscure medical terminology.

It was after a few months that things started to get a little repetitive and overwhelmingly tedious. What I mean by that, is that on a regular day I would be smashing the keyboard with at least 30-40 pages of transcription – almost like writing 3 final papers per day, nothing but fun.

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Me all caffeinated at work, not my best shot.

Finally, one day I said, no more, this is too much, I can’t take it anymore. Naturally, being the lazy lot I am, I began building a little system that automated the whole thing. It took me about a week and half to build something ‘functional’; I decided to write it with Python and Flask, since that’s what I am most familiar with – it consisted of a bunch of forms on a local server, nothing real fancy.

When I finished the project, one had to just point and click to generate a section of a report (which was composed of several tens of entries), soon I would become a slave to the ‘point and click’. That was how much I ‘dumbed down’ the process of writing those medical notes.

Once it was finished I wasn’t sure if I wanted to present it to my boss since she could have easily seen that I was doing minimal work and basically letting the machine do the heavy lifiting for me. Eitherway I told her of my invention.

Before I left the job she wanted to keep using it and also teach her employees how to use it, so I wrote some documentation and got paid.

End of story.

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