Mobile devices are transforming many fields and healthcare is no exception. There are already thousands of apps to help you monitor your health and fitness, but this is just beginning. An increasing number of healthcare providers are using smartphones, tablets and handheld monitoring devices to improve their efficiency and effectiveness in delivering patient care.
Graphium Health is a medical technology startup that focuses on data and analytics in the healthcare space. Their software applications allow providers to capture patient information and track analytics at the point of contact. One of their newest offerings is an iOS app that helps streamline the surgical process, allowing providers to process presurgical forms with an iPad or iPhone.
After evaluating several alternatives, Graphium chose Xamarin as their app development platform. In a recent interview on the Xamarin blog, Graphium CTO Danny Dura described their development process. They had an earlier tablet app that mimicked pen and paper, which is currently the most popular data collection method in most hospitals. The app was available on Windows devices and was well received, but there was a demand for a smartphone app that did the same thing.
Using Xamarin to Leverage Limited Developer Resources
As a startup with limited resources, Graphium needed to maximize the efficiency and productivity of their software engineers. Although they were initially targeting the iOS platform, they wanted to be able to support Android and other types of devices in the future. Xamarin’s cross-platform capabilities made it the natural choice, allowing them to reuse a large percentage of app code across platforms. According to Dura, the transition to Xamarin was a smooth process without a lot of hurdles. The assigned developers were able to pick up C# very quickly. When technical issues arose, they were able to get answers from both Xamarin support and the online development community.
Since Xamarin provides access to native user interface controls on each platform, the new iOS app has a familiar look and feel for iPhone and iPad users. It allows a provider to log on and see a list of surgical patients that are scheduled for a given day or switch to an alternative view that shows a list of surgical forms that have been recently opened. The provider can view or edit a form associated with a patient, or add a new form to a patient record. As the provider fills out a form, mandatory items are flagged and must be filled in before the form is marked as complete. This supports legal compliance, a critical consideration in the surgical arena.
Patient data input to the app is immediately transferred to a cloud-based data warehouse. This allows all data for a patient procedure to be collected in a single location. The app also provides analytic functions to help providers create better experiences for surgical patients.
Now that the iOS app have been released, Graphium is thinking about an Android version. Recognizing the significant test challenge that the multitude of Android devices and form factors present, they plan to take advantage of Xamarin’s Test Cloud for quality assurance. Test Cloud allows Xamarin developers to automatically test their app on hundreds of devices using a cloud-based framework.
A Xamarin Success Story
The short development cycle that Graphium was able to achieve with their mobile app can be attributed in large part to their Xamarin decision. They will continue to benefit from their decision when the time comes to support additional platforms. If you’d like to learn how Xamarin can help with your app development project, call Seamgen for a consultation today.