At Presagia, we put a lot of thought and research into what we should build and how to build and deliver it. The what is actually driven by the why. Why would our users want this or that feature? What needs are we trying to address? How will these features help our users to do their jobs better or faster? How can we help athletic trainers and doctors to provide better healthcare to their athletes?
A few years ago we introduced the offline capability. A user could download the application and the data for a particular subset of athletes, which would be encrypted and stored on their laptop. The user could then use the application on the laptop with no connection to the Internet, and at a later point in time when a connection was available, resynchronize with Presagia’s cloud-hosted system. This was a lot better than having no access at all, but it kills any possibility of real-time collaboration and communication. If an offline user updated athlete records, other members of the medical team couldn’t see the updated data right away. If the offline user sent messages or notifications, they’d be delivered only when resynchronization occurred.
Ideally, if an athletic trainer records an athlete’s injury while on the field or on the road, the team doctor should be notified instantly and should be able to access those notes. If a doctor reviews X-ray or MRI images and records a note indicating a decision as to whether the athlete should be allowed to practice or compete, then the athletic trainers and coaches should in turn know about that immediately as well.
The best solution for Presagia Sports was to replace the offline functionality with a mobile app. A few years ago, this wouldn’t have worked very well, but it’s a different world now. Our users are already carrying sophisticated touch-screen phones in their pockets. Actually, these are computing devices that can run applications and browse the net from almost any location, and by the way you can also make phone calls. But until somebody comes up with a better name for these devices, I guess we’ll still refer to them as “phones.”
So over the last few months we have designed and built a very cool mobile app, which will be available free of charge to all Presagia Sports customers this summer and we’re very excited about it. It will run on almost any touch-screen device that has an Internet connection – though officially we’re only supporting the latest versions of the iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets. The app is simple to use and it’s fast. In the mobile app, you can access and update an athlete’s health records and notes. You can record treatments. You can view and send messages and notifications.
When you use our mobile app, the data is stored securely in Presagia’s cloud, not on your device. As my 16-year-old son would say, “it’s 100% clouded.” Data that’s entered in the mobile app can be viewed and updated in the full web app and vice-versa. The mobile app enforces the same security permissions that the enterprise administrator granted to the user initially. For example, a particular user may be allowed to see the football team’s records but not allowed to see the basketball team’s records.
In the coming months, we’ll be adding more functionality so you’ll have to stay tuned.
We think you’ll like it.
Peter Rorlick is the co-founder and VP of R&D at Presagia. During the course of his 25 year career, Mr. Rorlick has designed, developed, and delivered numerous complex software solutions for a variety of industries. He has led software and product development teams and has participated in every aspect of managing a successful and growing software company.
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