Google just released software with the goal of bringing app development to the masses – App Inventor. This software allows users to make Android apps by inserting visual pieces of codes, instead of a jumble of words and numbers (refer to video demonstration). This has serious implications for mobile health.
The NY Times reports that when user testing was done, nursing students without computer science backgrounds were used as a test blocks. One of the students created an app that uses the phone’s accelerometer to send an emergency message if detecting a patient fall. We’ve chronicled a Florida State University team that’s working on a similar app, called iFall.
Although I’m sure the iFall app is probably more complex, one healthcare student was able to create a similar app just by themselves. We all know most health care professionals are lacking the significant free time required to develop a mobile app and aren’t adept at learning how to code for mobile platforms.
This software has huge implications by significantly lowering the barrier to making medical apps designed straight from healthcare professionals – and most importantly, it doesn’t require a monetary cost investment.
Source: NY Times