Consider HTML5 for Your Mobile Applications

I am a client of Appletree Medical Group in Ottawa.   They are an innovative company that continually pushes the boundaries of service and technology.  Appletree developed its own EMR and is continually refining the product using their own medical practice has a proving ground.  They have also  introduced a variety of on-line services including a wait list application that allows patients to check the current wait times in Appletree’s many walk-in clinic facilities.

Recently, Appletree announced an iPhone application that offers many of the same services as their online presence.  Fortunately, I am an iPhone user, so the app is of use to me .  What about those people with a Android phone or a Blackberry? What happens when Microsoft Phone 7 becomes more popular?  This dilemma is faced by any healthcare organization considering a mobile application.  Which platform(s) should they support?

Rather than develop for a specific mobile platform, I have been pushing my clients to consider HTML5 as an alternative.  HTML5 offers many of the same benefits as a mobile application written for a specific platform without having to commit to a specific platform. Unlike earlier versions of HTML, HTML5 allows developers to write applications that reside on a mobile device and that can store data locally on that device.

In a recent blog post, Richard MacManus predicts that “In 2011, this technology will probably go mainstream as full browser support becomes available in about the middle of the year.”   With support from companies such as Google, RIM, and Apple, I share Mr. MacManus’ enthusiasm and encourage anyone considering a mobile application to check it out.

Mike

The Appletree WAIT TIMER iPhone App Now Available – Free Download

Thank you for your interest in using our upcoming Appletree SmartChart  – a safe and secure way for you to update and access your health records and related appointment information from anywhere, at any time.

We are excited to report that the number of patients who requested SmartChart was much higher than we originally anticipated. We wanted you to be the first to know that we are in the final stages of releasing the full online SmartChart system.

SmartChart will have several components that will allow you to adapt the way you interact with our system to match your medical and lifestyle needs. In approximately 6-8 weeks, you will receive an email with information on how to sign up and how to make the best use of this tool to take better control over your health care.

Meanwhile, the first mobile component of SmartChart was just released and we want you to be the first to try it!

We are thrilled to announce that the Appletree WAIT TIMER iPhone App is now available to download for free. It is designed to provide direct access to our WAIT TIMER tool, city-wide locations and directions. Others coming soon for Blackberry and Android smart phones!

This enables your mobile phone to become one of your mobile access points to our other online patient services as they are released.

When you need to see a doctor, you can now check our wait times from anywhere with your iPhone.

Take a moment now to download the Appletree WAIT TIMER iPhone App by searching for “Appletree Medical Group” in your iPhone App store or by clicking on the link below:

One response to “Consider HTML5 for Your Mobile Applications

  1. Appletree has expanded into Toronto and I must say, as one of their new patients, I have been positively impressed by their thoughtful and effective use of technology in delivery of health care services. Particularly impressive is the fact that they do this without screens in examination rooms. Doctors work with wireless tablets and “pens”. This provides for a very satisfying, personal clinical experience because the technology does not become “the third person in the room”, as it often does with traditional EMR deployments that involve the addition of screens and workstations in examination rooms. Thanks for the tip on the iPhone app, Michael!

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