Breakfast Event “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology” August 14th 2014


Lateral’s “Learn About” Series at Matilda Bay Restaurant for registered guests

Lateral’s “Learn About” Series at Matilda Bay Restaurant for registered guests

More than 50 people in the health industry accepted our public invitation for breakfast in our “Lateral Learn About” series. This time we were at the beautiful Matilda Bay Restaurant and the topic was wearable technology and mobile health, also referred to mHealth or Digital Health.

We teamed up with Amazon Web Services who covered the aspect of security, thanks to James Bromberger our guest speaker.

Mingling at Lateral's Breakfast Event "“Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology”

Mingling at Lateral’s Breakfast Event ““Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology”

Our Mobile Expert Richard started with a definition of mHealth; according to the WHO (World Health Organisation), it refers to “medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices,… and other wireless devices.”

Richard demonstrated live two tracking devices he had been using over the last weeks: The iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor as well as the Withing Pulse O2, capturing his physiological parameters such as blood pressure, sleep, blood oxygen levels and heart rate. Both devices have companion apps as well as websites where users can follow their data over time, utilising a visual representation.

Lateral’s Mobile Expert Richard speaks at the “Learn About” series on “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology”

Lateral’s Mobile Expert Richard speaks at the “Learn About” series on “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology”

The demonstrations showed what is already available in the consumer market; asking throughout his talk “are you ready?”, Richard initiated a thought process; we are in a state of flux, where, a provider controlled environment is being displaced for a more consumer/patient driven one. These changes are pushing healthcare organisations to look beyond their accustomed world of physical infrastructure, paperwork & forms, and established administrative procedures.

He didn’t stop there; what if health care providers would use the patient’s data for a better patient outcome? Benefits would include

  • Improve One to One Communications
  • Drug & Diagnosis Information
  • More Complete Patient Data Records
  • More Efficient While Cutting Costs
  • Improve Clinical Decision Making

The answer could be a health care provider’s custom mobile app. Mobile apps are at the heart of the mHealth world. Apps will be the gateway for patients to receive personalized care through accessing drug & diagnosis information, appointment scheduling, virtual video e-visits, and one-to-one practitioner communication. mHealth’s possibilities are virtually limitless with the largest benefits of enabling patients to take an active role in monitoring their own health.

Richard continued with a live demonstration of a mobile app he built as part of a fictional practice management software system. The app integrated the data he tracked over time with an appointment setting functionality and a one-to-one communication capability just as an example of what functionalities mobiles apps can have.

Guests at Lateral’s Learn About series listening to “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology”

Guests at Lateral’s Learn About series listening to “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology”


 Our Guest Speaker James from Amazon Web Services on Security in the Cloud

Our Guest Speaker James from Amazon Web Services on Security in the Cloud

After a small break, James from Amazon Web Services (AWS) continued addressing a topic that is often a concern when it comes to personal health data: security in the cloud. He explained that the organisation using the cloud service retains ownership of the data and controls what level of encryption is used, where in the world the content is stored (Amazon Web Services has a facility in Sydney) and who holds the encryption keys. He explained the physical and logical environment and gave some examples of organisations using AWS’s services, including Emergency Medicine Business Intelligence

(EMBI) and the Salt Lake City Police.

In the following Q&A session, questions ranged from the quality of data collection and regulation approval. We also spoke about  Lateral’s offering of custom software solutions solving our client’s specific business problems on an operational level.

One recent example is a workflow-improving mobile app we have built for a Perth-based Fertility Centre, eliminating paper and saving them 50% of their time. Read a case study about it here. Another example is a unified diary, increasing internal transparency and productivity, see this case study.

Rebecca Newton takes the door prize home, a Fitbit Flex. Congratulations!

Rebecca Newton takes the door prize home, a Fitbit Flex. Congratulations!

Last but not least, the door prize was drawn, a Fitbit Flex. Congratulations to Rebecca Newton from WA Department of Health!

The slide decks from Richard and James as well as further examples including clinic-grade wearables can be seen here. Or have a look at further photos.

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Slide decks and further clinic-grade examples of Wearable Technology of today’s event “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology” August 14th 2014


We hope you enjoyed the breakfast on us today and found the event valuable.

As promised, here are the slide decks from our speaker Richard…

Slide deck "Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology"

Slide deck “Bringing Mobile Health & Wearable Technology Together” by Richard Piazza from Lateral


…and our guest speaker James from Amazon Web Services (AWS)…

Slide deck Amazon Web Services

Slide deck by James Bromberger from Amazon Web Services “Mobile Health and Wearable Technology – Secure on the Cloud”

…as well as a compilation of further examples including clinic-grade wearables as we could not fit all into the presentation:

Further examples including clinic grade wearables

Further examples including clinic-grade wearable technology in Health

Read a blog post about the event  and click through further photos.

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Invitation Event “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology” on August 14th

We are hosting another breakfast event in Perth. Are you considering leveraging mobile technology for your organisation? Save your seat! Press the green “Register” button on Eventbrite:

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Apple announces a built-in health tracking app for iOS 8

In the scope of Apple’s annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), held June 2-6th 2014 in San Francisco, we found very interesting what Apple has announced in the health space: An app simply called “Health”, plus a new tool for developers called “HealthKit”, allowing integration of third party applications.

Apple's "Health" icon

Apple announced the app “Health”, integrated in iOS8

“Health”  offers an “easy-to-read dashboard”, pulling in information from various sources, for example diagnostics, lab results, medications, nutrition and much more. It is already integrated in iOS 8. This means, everyone who will update their mobile Operating System to the new iOS version 8 or who buys a new mobile device which has iOS 8 already installed, will have it on their iPhone, iPad, iPad mini or iPod Touch. Soon, this app will be omnipresent in Australia’s population, bringing noticeable awareness to digital health.

Users can individually determine which data they want to share, for example with their doctors.

Health Data screen of Apple's app "Health"

Health Data screen of Apple’s app “Health”

Dashboard screen of Apple's "Health" app

Dashboard screen of Apple’s “Health” app

We as app developers could use HealthKit for clients in the health industry to tailor an app to their specific requirements; for example when data is collected from several different devices, brought together into their existing computer system, utilising it for a valuable outcome they require either in their workflow or for their patients. This opens up many opportunities for the health industry. Some of our developers have already installed the available version on their iOS devices.

Apple also said they have been working with innovative Mayo clinic for a while. Mayo uses an own app (= third party app) which is working with HealthKit. Individual parameters can be set for patients; for example, if a blood pressure reading does not fall in the parameter’s thresholds, the app can proactively notify health staff who then can help their patients quickly.

Apple's Health app is integrated in Mayo Clinic's app

Example of third party integration: Apple’s Health app is integrated in Mayo Clinic’s app (left)

The publication 9to5Mac has already released a first walkthrough of the Apple Health app as seen in this video:

We will monitor this space as we have been working for health clients and we also have an accredited CHIA in our team, a Certified Health Informatician Australasia. We are curious what Apple will eventually release around September/October. Apple’s website addressing Health and HealthKit can be seen here.

Perth’s iOS Developers Watched WWDC14 at Lateral Solutions

WWDC14 logoApple’s annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in San Francisco is a much anticipated event every June amongst developers using the Apple platforms. This year, over 1,000 Apple engineers and 5,000 developers came together to see what the tech giant has incubated.

It has become a tradition that Lateral Solutions hosts the June Perth iOS developers Meetup around this happening, providing nibbles and beverages. As the time difference would not allow a convenient live screening at night, the Meetup group came together to watch WWDC’s recording; group members exchanged what they had heard during the day and demonstrated what they had downloaded on their devices. The Meetup was founded by our team lead Sam. Also Tim attended, our latest addition to our mobile team. Yesterday evening, around 15 Perth’s iOS developers gathered in our office, looking forward to what Apple has actually revealed – the rumour mill is always at its full spin prior to the WWDC.

Exchanging views before watching the WWDC screening at Lateral Solutions' office

Exchanging views before watching the WWDC screening at Lateral Solutions’ office

Opposed to rumours referring to new devices, it was not hardware but software that dominated this year’s WWDC, presented by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and Craig Federighi, Senior Vice-President Software Engineering.

The main announcement was the new version of Apple’s Operating Systems: iOS 8, the Operating System for mobiles, and OS X Yosemite, the Operating System for desktop computers. Apple has made them working together; for example a user can start writing an email on an iPhone (mobile) and continue writing it on a Mac (desktop). Even phone calls can be taken via a Mac or iPad, using them as speakers to their iPhones. Both free updates for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite will be released in the northern hemisphere’s autumn later this year, respectively Australia’s spring.

A novelty, specifically interesting for developers, was the announcement of Swift, a new programming language for writing iOS and OS X Apps. We will watch this space attentively.

Another anticipated tool was the HealthBook. Apple called it simply “Health” and offers a developer’s kit called “HealthKit”. Read more about it here.

Last but not least, HomeKit is another interesting announcement: Designed for home configuration and automation services in a user’s home, it can connect by voice with Siri and takes commands such as “get ready for bed”; it then could switch the outdoor lights off and the bed lamp on, as well as heating the electric blanket.

If you want to watch the presentation at the WWDC 2014 in full length (close to 2 hrs) including more features, watch this official Apple video:




PLD’s iPad App for literacy does well in the App Store


We are happy to see that the iPad app we have developed for renowned Australian Speech Pathologist and Educator Diana Rigg is doing well after being released in the App Store four weeks ago.

PLD's first Literacy App for iPad

PLD’s first Literacy App for iPad

Currently the app ranks number 6 in the Word Games category in Apple’s iPad Top Charts. Congratulations to Diana Rigg and the team at PLD Learning Resources, who are doing an awesome job helping kids with literacy delays.

PLDs first iPad app ranks currently 6th on Apple's iPad Top Charts for Word Games

PLDs first iPad app ranks currently 6th on Apple’s iPad Top Charts for Word Games

The iPad app named “PLD 2P Read 1a” is available on the App Store. Diana created it to be used by up to 2 players on each iPad, for use in the classroom or at home. It is the first in a series of apps designed to provide early readers aged 4-6 years old with multiple learning opportunities.

Download the PLD Reading App on the App Store and let us know what you think!

PLD app reviews as of May 13th 2

PLD app reviews speak for themselves

Our Team Lead Sam speaks at YOW!West Conference this week


We are thrilled that our Developer Team Lead Sam, who is also a founding member of the Perth iOS Developers Meetup, will be one of the high calibre speakers at the sold-out YOW!West conference this week. The conference takes place on May 13th and May 14th, followed by workshops on May 15th and May 16th.

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Well established at the east coast providing cutting-edge content, YOW! comes now to the west. The best international, national and local experts will provide thought provoking and innovative talks in their field of expertise. The mission with YOW! is to build the next generation of IT leaders and encourage excellence and innovation amongst the Australian development community.

Lots of geeks at one place. Sam’s topic will be “Beyond SQLite & Core Data – NoSQL for mobile apps”. Go Sam!

Sam Ritchie, Lateral Solution's Team Lead, speaks at the upcoming YOW!West Conference

Sam speaks at the upcoming YOW!West Conference