Alma Trotter

Alma helps CareSet with Data Quests. She graduated from UT Austin with a major in Anthropology. After moving to Houston she made cupcakes at the Black Hole coffee shop, managed the Caroline Collective co-working space, and then joined CareSet in 2013. She now pursues a location-independent lifestyle, working remotely for CareSet from New Mexico with her two cats as in-purrson officemates.

Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19

By Alma Trotter / March 26, 2020

People are talking about hydroxychloroquine and coronavirus. And others are looking to grab some for personal use. But what is it, and can it help the thousands of people currently fighting the virus?   What is Hydroxychloroquine? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes chloroquine as a medicine that treats and prevents malaria.…

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CMS, Hospitals, and the Future of CAR T-cell Therapy

By Alma Trotter / March 9, 2020

CAR T-cell therapy is immunotherapy. Physicians extract one type of white blood cell, the T-cell, copious amounts of these cells from the patient’s blood. Then, an inactive virus is inserted into the cell, specifically to place a gene in the cell. Next, the T-cell produces chimeric antigen receptors (CARs), which allow them to recognize cancer cells.

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CareSet Leads at Health Datapalooza/National Health Policy Conference

By Alma Trotter / February 20, 2020

This year Academy Health co-located the National Health Policy Conference with Health Datapalooza. It was well executed. There were lots of great concurrent break-out sessions. Because of that, people had a hard time choosing which health data and policy sessions to attend. Some chose to divide their time between two. This is a high level summary of events from the conference.

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DocGraph Journal Now CareSet Journal, New Website, and New Office

By Alma Trotter / August 20, 2019

A lot has happened over the past half-year at CareSet. We’ve moved offices, we’re rebuilding our website, and we have renamed CareSet Labs to CareSet Journal. Read on for more! We’ve moved! It has been quite the journey at the Texas Medical Center. We started as a cohort in their X program, learning how to…

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Washington Post Shares DEA Pain Pills Database

By Alma Trotter / July 19, 2019

“For the first time a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States – by manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies in every town and city – has been made public.” -Washington Post, Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database In six years,…

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CareSet reflects, recharges during mid-year review

By Alma Trotter / July 1, 2019

Last week at CareSet we had our annual mid-year review. I was not in attendance last year, nor were a lot of current employees. We have nearly doubled in size over the last twelve months and we are still growing. A mid-year review is aptly named. We are in the middle. We reflect on the…

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CareSet Stands Tall at PMSA Annual Conference

By Alma Trotter / May 23, 2019

2019 was CareSet’s third attendance at the annual meeting held in San Diego. At our fist PMSA, we were two people with a lot of heart and a lot of ground to cover. This year, with a growing team and a growing reputation, it made sense to show up in full force. Co-founder and CTO,…

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CareSet Attends 10th Annual Health Datapalooza

By Alma Trotter / April 1, 2019

This past week, CareSet attended the 10th Annual Health Datapalooza, brought to you by Academy Health. Originally from the mind of Todd Park, Data Jedi, the world of health data is seeking to change the game. Healthcare should be people-centric. Data has the power to get there. Read some highlights from the conference. Pre-Datapalooza Classes CareSet’s…

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CareSet, SXSW, Health Equity, and Open Data

By Alma Trotter / March 15, 2019

SXSW was the best of times; it was the best of times. I can’t wrap my head around this past weekend. It was filled with late nights, early mornings, and entirely too long of days. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. My first SXSW was one for the books. Working with CareSet allowed…

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CareSet leaves Facebook Because of Patient Privacy Concerns

By Alma Trotter / February 21, 2019

Now that the FTC complaint from our CTO, Fred Trotter (as well as Andrea Downing and David Harlow) has been made available to the public, and apparently Congress, it is time to announce a minor change in CareSet’s marketing strategy. CareSet is deleting its Facebook page.  What began as a college dorm project has turned…

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