Redvike collaborated with ViDent to establish the concept of a ‘Stack Overflow for dentists:’ a niche forum to give participants a private space to discuss hyper-specific subjects relating to dentistry - spanning everything from particular teeth to certain surgical procedures, to complex patient cases.
For the platform to be effective, users would have to be able to search for relevant subjects, post questions, read threads, and upvote the best answers. Moreover, it would need a forum manager to vet new participants before they could respond to threads or up-vote responses - ensuring the platform remained on-subject and spam-free. The same manager would also take responsibility for moderation, removing any patient information or material that breached Norwegian regulation.
Alongside having the forum capability, the product would also need to host the second type of user: training providers. So, it would require a module to allow course operators to list training services. Then redirect dentists to the appropriate website should they show interest in a particular certification.
- Redvike built a niche platform to act as a forum, events calendar and private messenger service for dentists
- We used React.js for the front end, creating a hyper-responsive PWA so that dentists can access the forum on any device. We used node for the back end, with WebSocket enabling real-time notifications alerting users to private messages, comments on threads or upvoted answers
- Dentists can now use the forum to ask questions, read about specific topics, or reach out to other dentists via a private message by clicking on avatars in forum threads. Dentists can also find relevant training providers who offer industry-specific certifications; while training providers can list their services