The Flatiron Health Engineering Blog

Grokking Your Terrain

When you’re working with a small codebase, given enough time, you’ll come up with a decent map of how everything fits together in your head. If you have to add a new feature or debug an issue, you’ll likely have a good hunch of where in the code to start.

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DevNetSecOps

Network security group automation with Ansible, AWS, git, and Jenkins to move fast with security and auditability.

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Manager Therapy

Like most software engineers who transition into people management, I did most of my learning by trial and error. “Engineering Management 101” doesn’t appear anywhere on my college transcripts and to the best of my knowledge, is not a course that is offered as part of any major Computer Science curriculum. I happened to start my management career at a big company with an established employee education program, including some...

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Dobby: A simple hack for on-demand remote execution

Motivation: running long jobs on your laptop sucks At Flatiron, we run a lot of data pipelines. Early on, we were processing fairly small amounts of data, so investing a lot in tooling didn’t seem worth it. But around a year ago, we signed a contract that increased the number of patients we were processing by several orders of magnitude.

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How I use my experience building ad tech to help fight cancer

Like many engineers, I love doing work that is not only interesting but also helps to make the world a better place. But despite the long list of problems that are being solved with software these days, it can be hard to imagine a direct connection between writing code and making an impact on an issue that is truly meaningful to humanity on a global scale, such as addressing poverty,...

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Hello, World!

Hello world, and welcome to the Flatiron Engineering Blog! At Flatiron, we’ve worked hard to build an incredible engineering team to tackle some of the hardest problems at the intersection of technology and healthcare. Here you’ll find us wax poetic about why building technology for use in healthcare is so interesting, difficult, and meaningful. We’ll talk about the unique technology we’ve built and approaches we’ve taken to accomplish our mission...

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