Smartphones are Shaping Business

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The smartphone has become commonplace, it is rare to go minutes without using one, seeing one or wanting to use one. They truly have changed the way we live and how we go about our lives. They provide us the constant ability to access the Internet as well as provide us with countless apps and games to both distract and enrich our lives.

Smartphones are not only changing our everyday lives, smartphones are changing how business is done and how businesses are run. This infographic by text marketer highlights some of these key smartphone business trends, including that 50.3% of ecommerce traffic comes through mobile devices, 64% of emails are opened on a smartphone and 57% of people search for information on their phones while out shopping.

In addition to these impressive infographic statistics we have seen various use cases where smartphones and mobile devices with Omnis applications have improved business settings. LifeChart by CNM and siMed by améiq being two of them. Life chart is a patient diary mobile app that revolutionized the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder and siMed is a medical center management solution, providing mobile access to patient records and practice data.

With smartphones now the becoming standard, when developing enterprise or mission-critical applications you must take them into account and luckily with Omnis Studio you can cater to all use cases, platforms and devices all from one code base.

These statistics and examples speak for themselves, reinforcing that smartphones aren’t only changing and impacting our everyday lives but the way we do business as well.

 

Surrounded by Screens

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Digital media has become a regular part of our everyday lives and we are using everything from iPads and other tablet devices, to mobile devices and apps, to older media platforms such as televisions and computers. Screens are playing a more prominent role in people’s lives than ever before and wherever we go, we are “surrounded by screens”. Many of us own at least one of each digital media device, and some of us have multiples of each.

Understanding the prevalence of media devices and technology, Ipsos, a global market research company, recently conducted an international survey that revealed that people are literally surrounded by screens and are very aware of that fact. Approximately 16,000 consumers from 20 countries were surveyed and 60% of them feel they are constantly looking at a screen of some type. The Statista chart below visually showcases the percentage of people in selected countries stating that they are “constantly looking at screens these days”.
Infographic: Surrounded by Screens? | Statista

 

If we are constantly surrounded by screens, then looking at them must lead to the use of apps. There are many factors influencing app usage and screen size may be one of the larger factors. In an article “bigger screen sizes lead to more app engagement”, Flurry (a mobile app analytics company recently acquired by Yahoo) released a report that shows that “phablet” sales have not just doubled over the past year, becoming 6 percent of the mobile devices installed base, but that app activity on phablets accounts for 11 percent of all app sessions.”

Still, whatever the screen size, the use of apps leads to endless opportunities for Omnis Studio developers. Omnis Studio allows you to build enterprise mobile and web applications using one code base, and deploy it across multiple screen types and operating systems — a positive factor since all screens are not “one size fits all”.

Healthcare Applications – Patient Involvement

In this second article of a two-part post, Managing Director of TigerLogic Germany, Birgit Jäger, discusses the suitability of Omnis Studio for developing healthcare applications, and draws on recent case studies where companies have successfully implemented mobile enabled healthcare solutions that help achieve phenomenal growth and efficiency.

Patient involvement in diagnosis and treatment a growing trend

A significant trend in healthcare today is the increasing participation of patients in their diagnosis and treatment, both for therapeutic and financial reasons. This trend is apparent in the form of electronic health records, electronic patient diaries, multimedia patient information systems, online scheduling, and so on, whereby the patient takes an active role in their ongoing monitoring and treatment.

The advantages of such patient-involved solutions include:

  • Patients take a pro-active role in their therapy.
  • Two-way online communication helps to avoid unnecessary consultations and saves time, cost and may help avoid unnecessary hospital visits.
  • Patients can be monitored more intensively with less adminstrative work.
  • Patient data can be accessed at any time from any location.
  • Online communication is potentially safer, more efficient and more accurate, making documentation and quality assurance easier.
  • The bigger data volumes gathered are delivering more helpful empiric information for medical research institutions.

Omnis JavaScript Client helps meet the latest healthcare trends

Omnis Studio allows developers to create apps that run on virtually any device, making it well suited for patient-involved solutions where the patient may be using their own desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone to access their data or communicate with their healthcare provider using a two-way online communication system.

Why the Omnis JavaScript Client technology is ideal for the development of modern online systems in healthcare:

  • Only one code base for all platforms and client devices to be developed: the same app can be accessed on an iPhone, a smartphone with Android or Windows Phone, a tablet PC, or any type of browser.
  • All-in-one self-contained environment: Omnis Studio allows any type of application to be updated and enhanced quickly and easily.
  • Time-to-market is critical to meet the demands of each healthcare participant requiring an online system solution: Due to the high productivity of Omnis Studio, new mobile and online applications can be developed with Omnis in a fraction of time.
  • Omnis Studio’s open architecture, structure and connectivity: Online healthcare applications built with Omnis Studio can be added to nearly any existing medical solution, regardless of the platform or environment it is based on.

Developed by Germany based developer CNM, and in cooperation with the University Hospital of Freiburg and the German Society for Bipolar Disorder (DGBS), the electronic diary system for patients with bipolar disorder is a successful Omnis Studio application that is meeting the modern healthcare trend towards two-way online communication between patients and healthcare providers:

Patient diaries have proved their worth in medicine for a long time both in monitoring and in therapy, mainly for diseases with unstable pathology, such as diabetes, asthma and coronary heart diseases, but especially for bipolar disorder and depression. However, until now the patient diaries have been created on paper and then transcribed to computer, a process which is very time consuming and creates the possibility for errors – this does not benefit the patient, their doctor or hospital staff. Due to modern software and communication technologies, patients are now able to enter their experiences into electronic patient diaries, which means that monitoring and diagnosis can be done much quicker and more accurately.

Many similar projects are in development for disease and medical therapy application solutions using Omnis Studio. See TigerLogic’s website for more Omnis Studio success stories.

 

Birgit Jäger

Healthcare Applications – Keeping up with the Market

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In this first article of a two-part post, Managing Director of TigerLogic Germany, Birgit Jäger, discusses the suitability of Omnis Studio for developing healthcare applications, and draws on recent case studies where companies have successfully implemented mobile enabled healthcare solutions that help achieve phenomenal growth and efficiency.

Healthcare’s mobile technology trend

The healthcare industry, worth billions annually, is among the most prevalent adopters of mobile technology as demand for instant access to patient data continues to grow on a worldwide basis.  For software developers and system integrators, this provides many valuable opportunities for delivering software and hardware solutions, as well as professional services. Furthermore, improvements in software design and hardware play a vital role in a healthcare organization’s ability to provide more efficient services to their clients.

Healthcare industry challenges

All facets of the healthcare industry are facing serious challenges:

  • Continuous increasing costs due to evolving technical innovations and demographic trends in the Northern hemisphere.
  • Growing demands as well as new therapies requiring more involvement from patients, coupled with the need for better documentation and quality assurance.
  • Health insurance systems struggling in most countries to find a realistic approach to balancing increasing expenses, lobby group pressures, new technical possibilities and rising patient demands.

These circumstances, and more, are prompting technology tools to rapidly transform in conjunction with the healthcare industry’s ever-changing requirements – requirements in billing systems for medical services, reporting and information exchange, patient records, treatment information, documentation, and quality management, etc. For example, in many European countries, healthcare applications are changed and upgraded every quarter.

With this in mind, developers of healthcare applications require a sophisticated development environment that can respond quickly and easily to change and further development, and allow the integration of new technologies that allow data access anytime and anywhere.

Omnis Studio for healthcare application development

From security systems for museums and production control in dairies, to logistics, asset management and manufacturing, Omnis Studio is used for the development of a wide range of application types in different industries. Looking a bit deeper into the industry sectors, it appears that a significant proportion of Omnis applications belong to the medical and healthcare market.

Perhaps this is no coincidence. Omnis Studio enables healthcare solution providers to keep up with the constantly changing legal requirements in the industry and provide their customers with continuous innovations.

Omnis Studio offers:

  • High productivity and clear structural functionality and features, which allow for rapid application development in less time and with fewer resources than with most other application development tools on the market.
  • Open architecture which allows developers to easily integrate external components and adapt their applications to the latest technologies.
  • The Omnis JavaScript Client technology which allows developers to add new modules or enhancements for the web, tablets and smartphones from a single code base. Most importantly, all of this can be done without the need for a complete redesign.

To illustrate a successful healthcare application written in Omnis Studio, software developer amétiq AG of Switzerland has effectively addressed changes in their clients’ requirements and the healthcare market as a whole:

amétiq AG has adapted their solution with the addition of a web module, providing doctors and patients direct and secure access to their personal medical data and information via the web or mobile device. With over 1,000 installations of their doctor’s office solution in Switzerland, amétiq AG has experienced year-on-year growth of 20% to 30% while meeting the challenging demands of the health industry and its mobile technology adoption.

See TigerLogic’s website for more Omnis Studio success stories.

Birgit Jäger