Will mHealth app development become simpler with Apple’s Swift ?

Swift, Apple’s latest programming language, likes to have coding mobile applications simpler for all which includes mHealth developers too. According to Apple’s senior VP in software engineering Craig Federighi, Apple assures their latest programming language, Swift, is likely to develop apps for the OS X and the iOS of all types, starting from games to health and fitness, simpler and quicker than before.

mobile health app development, iPhone healthcare app development, iPhone medical app developersDr. Chuck Thornbury, CEO & Founder at meVisit, stated that they do not notice a strategic drawback by Swift, however being a fresh language, it keeps the possibility of worldwide adoption. Swift is pretty new and readiness is one area which needs to be considered; that is very valid for those features such as mix-and-match and also interoperability with the old (legacy) code. One thing you need to keep in mind is the reason why this is that big deal on a developer’s understanding. Mac and iPhone-based applications are usually made out of an old language known as Objective-C which was started in the year 1983 and has taken over by Apple devices from those initial days. Though being an older language, Objective-C is actually arguably not the perfect suited to many latest computing apps. Basically, it has been introduced at the time while all the computing power of smartphone would take up an entire desk. Thornbury further stated that, Swift has several great features that were discovered from different programming languages. It gives a very similar syntax than many other major languages particularly, those which are script-like, powerful languages. The mix-and-match amongst the Objective-C and the Swift could be likely to interest developers to start developing in Swift soon, since they would not be believed of having issues about the legacy code in theObjective-C.

According to Ned Fox, a software engineer at AliveCor, it would be most beneficial for the developers to work with Objective-C along with Swift. Fox further said that, he will stay with Objective-C for some time and apply features of the Swift. Although he includes there are latest features in Swift which could accelerate application development greatly. One particular feature known as Playground, that enables developers to check individual snippets of code without the need to test the whole app at a time. Fox added saying that, HealthKit is a very excellent step, which will make it simple to gather health data and bring data out. In case a campany is looking at hardwae they could target on hardware and transfer all this data.

Yet there are certainly contradictory stories regarding the positive results of Swift. As stated in an article by InfoWorld Swift performed considerably slow out of standards when compared to some other developing languages, Objective-C is included in that. Then again Swift just has been introduced in beta therefore it is not clear just how important these standards are in this aspect, especially as Swift and Objective-C needs to co-exist in the meantime. This month, Google is likely to announce Google Fit, their own digital health platform much like Apple’s HealthKit. For the hardware brands like AliveCor platforms such as these could be important materials enabling companies to go to the market swiftly. Apple has definitely advanced in correct way about inspiring future app development it’s going to be the developers by themself to finally choose where industry is going. Finally, coders |need the biggest audience possible and they will go with whatever tool available to get it. To get maximum benefits of mHealth, you may consider hiring services of a mobile health app development company.

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Concerns around Meaningful Use Implementation

If one were to dig down and understand the real intent of implementing EHR and meet Meaningful Use criteria, it would be nothing but to achieve improved outcomes, better efficiencies and lesser healthcare costs. The healthcare delivery mechanism is expected to become much better as a result of this. However, somehow the focus seems to be revolving more around evaluating healthcare setups to determine their incentive payment eligibility, based on Meaningful Usage, rather than understanding the core issues which stand in the way of its implementation. In its current state, it is becoming more and more difficult for hospitals with limited resources to attain MU eligibility. The ones who fall into this category include smaller critical access hospitals and community health centers which generally treat patients with lower income and are more often than not uninsured. Although they seem to be using EHRs which are in some shape, it is in attaining MU certification where they seem to be falling short – primarily due to lack of availability of resources to invest, low patient volume and difficulty recruiting qualified IT personnel .On the contrary, the bigger hospitals with deeper pockets and superior resource access seem to be having a better ratio of eligibility.

healthcare software development, healthcare testing services, healthcare software testersThe matter is likely to get worse when eventually hospitals start getting penalized after a few years. It will result in job losses of physicians and hospitalists employed by the smaller setups. This will ultimately lead to the whole purpose of implementing MU EHRs going for a toss. At the current rate of progress, it will be the patients who will suffer at the end of the day. This consequence was not preempted before the roll out started and hence some short-terms solutions are being suggested in order to handle the situation. For e.g. extending the last date for stage 2 implementation is one such option. The other one being mooted is that of the extending help to the struggling medical setups to expedite the process of full implementation of EHRs. Without concrete steps it would not be possible for the government to reach the stage it envisages to i.e. that of sharing patient data across providers and have clinical information following patients wherever they receive care.

One of the major stumbling blocks while attempting to qualify for the incentive program is that of meeting the requirement for computerized provider order entry. This issue seems to be more pronounced in the cases of hospitals which have failed to qualify for the incentive. It is not just the technical gaps but also the cultural and organizational ones which contribute to it. For the setups which achieved MU, the concerns hovered more on the technical front; related more towards providing patients secure and easy access to their data , identifying the factors that contribute towards the calculation of the quality measures and generating the data for the same. In a broad sense though, all this has cast a shadow on the pace at which Health IT adoption was expected to pick up and given its detractors an opportunity to hit back. Meaningful stage 2 adoption seems to be bane of many such groups. One such feels that there is not enough time available to validate the e- measures and so just implementing the software in practices will not necessarily mean that the objectives will be met automatically. Also, not every measure is of equal importance or value to every practice. For the physicians which have successfully completed stage 1, vendor readiness is posing a problem .Without the appropriate software updates and required support, Physicians will be unable to meet the Stage 2 requirements and get penalized without apparently any mistake from their end.

The general consensus is thus on extending the date for Stage 2 implementation by a year to avoid outstripping the capacities of vendors and physicians and risking complete derailment of the overall Health IT adoption process. This will allow the some exemplary practices to successfully implement Stage 2 requirements by 2014 and share their experiences and learning with vendors and providers for faster and efficient adoption at a broad scale subsequently. Healthcare software development teams can help you build projects within allocated budgets and time schedules.

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