In the last few days there has been talk on the twittersphere about retrieval apps.
Auckland HEMS is currently developing an app for use in our service. For the first iteration we have chosen a DIY web-based application (ibuildapp.com) to create the app. Examples of features that we can (in theory) include are:
- text and image pages for checklists, SOPs, and paediatric resuscitation formulae
- custom HTML forms for job debriefs, RSI audits etc – these can be filled in on the phone and then emailed to a designated collection person
- live displays of webpages including aucklandHEMS.com, weather/tide information
- live display of a google calendar for HEMS training and events
- a personal training log for clinicians
Clearly offline functionality will be essential – 3G coverage on the far side of Great Barrier Island may be patchy at best…!
The current plan is to build the app online and test it through the online iPhone simulator prior to testing on devices and eventually distributing it through the app store.
Currently we hope to create a relatively simple (and advertisement-free) version 1.0, test it, and refine it into a more functional version 2.0 which may require input from a professional app developer (and no doubt some $..)
An excellent podcast from SMACC 2013 about medical app development can be found HERE.
Do any readers of this blog have any experience with app development? Please feel free to share pearls and pitfalls using the comments section below.
We will keep you posted on how this project progresses – watch this space!