Employee Spotlight Series: Brenda Chin, Lead Software Engineer
PatientPing was born out of the realization that patients get better care when their providers work together. What started as an idea at a kitchen table near Fenway Park has since evolved into a network of thousands of providers across the country coordinating care. Five years since starting, our team of 100+ employees comes together every day in our Boston headquarters with the singular goal of connecting providers to seamlessly coordinate patient care. Our values–grit, rigor, ownership, authenticity and humility–unite us to persevere through the difficult and gratifying journey of improving healthcare for all.
Position Description: Brenda, PatientPing’s lead software engineer, is responsible for leading projects and working closely with the product team to design, develop, and enhance product capabilities. Brenda helps to ensure code quality and standardize best practices while providing guidance to her junior engineering team members. She has been with PatientPing since May of 2017.
1. Why did you join PatientPing?
Prior to joining PatientPing, I worked at Optum Analytics (formerly Humedica) as a software engineering manager/ principal software engineer. During this time, I had the opportunity to work with Ryan Scharer, current VP of engineering at PatientPing, along with other folks who had made the switch to PatientPing. I really respected and enjoyed working with them, so I knew joining PatientPing would mean that I’d be part of a great team.
PatientPing has a clear and meaningful mission, which I knew would make my work worthwhile. It’s important to me that my work ties to the greater good and it’s reassuring knowing that the time I spend at PatientPing is helping to solve real problems.
2. Are you currently working on anything exciting that you can share?
I’m currently working on a new area of our product that helps hospital users get the insights they need to do their jobs more efficiently. Other than the fun UI work for this project, it’s been fantastic to see firsthand how the PatientPing network, and the data that it generates, makes such a difference on the way that healthcare is delivered.
3. What would your advice be to someone looking to join the PatientPing team?
If you are someone who wants to make an impact, this is a great place to be. We have a group of highly motivated folks with a breadth of experience, along with a work culture where new ideas are always welcomed and encouraged. The company is growing rapidly, which means we are constantly evolving. It’s a great time to contribute to the conversation and put forth ideas about the direction of both our technology and our development standards.
4. How would you describe the engineering team at PatientPing?
We have a strong team of engineers here, and a great team culture. Everyone is focused on delivering quickly, but we are always collaborating and sharing new ideas. A great example of how we do this is through our weekly “Lunch & Learns”, where we all have lunch and discuss various technical topics or projects we are working on.
5. What do you like to do in your free time?
I had my first daughter about a year ago. Children grow up so quickly, so I spend most of my free time hanging with the kiddo these days. I hope she grows up to be a software engineer so she can talk shop with her mom.