The age of the non-technical app developer may be dawning, as more and more developers create actual mobile application development platforms for Android and iOS devices.

Recently, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust adopted a policy and a platform that allowed non-technical employees to design their own mobile apps.  The software is  from British software provider NDL. The company’s awiMX toolkit is designed to allow non-technical staff to create mobile applications using a drag-and-drop interface.

NHS did this in response to a request from the government, and instead of having to hire more people or force their current staff to do unnecessary work, they settled on the awiMX platform.

“From April this year, NHS trusts will be obliged to complete the Community Information Data Set (CIDS), which involves collecting 150 different data points on patients, including demographics, care records and referrals.”

From the NDL website, the awiMX universal application integration toolset has the following benefits:

  • Bi-directional: read and write data to back-end applications.
  • Universal: we have yet to find an application we can’t work with.
  • Non-invasive integration: preserves back-end application integrity and licensing.
  • Rapid results: start saving immediately.
  • Non-proprietary industry-standard programming interfaces: keeps it simple to use.
  • XML & web services architectures: enabling you to introduce web services for applications where there are none.
  • Desktop, VMware, virtual server, Citrix and terminal services environment support.

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust was created in 1991 and services a wide range of local, community, general and specialist services to the residents of North and Eastern Devon in the UK. Their portfolio includes an acute hospital, 17 community hospitals and a wide range of community health and social care services, that is for a population of 484,000.

Since current software didn’t fit the needs of the organization and developers would have had to been hired in order to create a native app, NHS decided that an app platform was the way to go. Clive Taylor, NDH Trust’s Technical Manager explains,

“What you can do [on NDL] is build, let’s say, for an XP tablet and an Android tablet at the same time, without having to write code. It also deals with offline working, which is very important to us.”

A two week trial was conducted as a result and the results were so promising, NDL decided to continue the pilot program indefinitely.

Source: Information Age