Congratulations to our mobile developer Tim who won the Australian Web Awards 2014!

logo australian web awards 2014 where Lateral's Tim Oliver won for his blog in the category Personal

Lateral's mobile developer Tim won the Australian Web Awards 2014 in the category “Personal” for his blog. Congratulations!

Lateral’s mobile developer Tim won the Australian Web Awards 2014 in the category “Personal” for his blog. Congratulations!

We are stoked about Tim being the State Winner for Western Australia of the Australian Web Awards! In the category “Personal”, his blog won. Last night, the awards ceremony was held at BankWest.

The Australian Web Industry Association holds a set of awards for multiple categories in every state.

The goal of the award (and the association itself) is to help foster a community of Australian web developers and help drive innovation in the creation of new Australian sites and services ranging from personal sites, government services, and general social media up to commercial client services.

Tim has been blogging since 2008, sharing insights in his personal as well as professional life such as development, tech, but also travel (did you know he used to live in Japan?) and his passion, games.

Just last week Tim returned from Melbourne where he was a speaker at /dev/world.

Well done Tim, keep up the good work!

Our Mobile Developer Tim presented at /dev/world in Melbourne this week

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The /dev/world conference took place in Melbourne on 29/30th of September 2014

“/dev/world” is an annual national conference where software developers come together to explore the latest trends in Apple’s software development. It attracts people who have an interest in developing for Apple computers as well as mobile devices running iOS.

Over two days (29/30th September), 27 presentations were held. One of them was given by Lateral’s iOS specialist Tim.

Tim is one of Lateral’s qualified Apple specialists. As written before, we recently gained membership in the Apple Consultant Network ACN as WA’s first qualified organisation for Mobility Solutions and Mobility Deployment. Tim is also an active member of the Perth iOS developer group on Meetup.com.

While his colleagues of our Perth-based office along the rest of WA had a public holiday celebrating Queen’s Birthday, Tim attended the sold-out conference and shared his knowledge in Melbourne with other developers coming from all over Australia.

Lateral's Tim was one of /dev/world's speakerHe presented on “Graphics Optimisation on iOS” including techniques on writing code at the near hardware level to achieve incredibly smooth performance, something that needs to be taken into account for all app development. If app interfaces are not responsive (a prime example of this is when users physically rotate their devices), or when scrolling and suddenly it freezes, the code should be analysed for bottlenecks and subsequently improved upon.

Tim elaborated on how to identify these bottlenecks in the code and shared tips and tricks from his practical experience. The result of this sometimes tedious process which requires attention to detail, is a smooth, polished app that the users just like.

/dev/world, now in its seventh year, was valuable to Tim not only as a presenter, he also enjoyed learning from others at the conference about App Store trends, tips and techniques for prototyping and to mingle with other developers at a national level.

On a side note, Tim who has taught before at Perth’s ECU, was delighted to see that Melbourne’s RMIT University, where the conference was held, announced they want to put more emphasis on Macs and iOS in addition to their existing Windows equipment.

The next /dev/world will be held in 2015. It is open to everyone, but if you’re in the iOS or Mac developer community, this is definitely the conference to go to.

 

Lateral is WA’s first qualified organisation for Mobility Solutions and Mobility Deployment in the Apple Consultants Network (ACN)

Lateral is now member of the Apple Consultants Network (ACN)Lateral is now a member of the Apple Consultants Network.

This is great news for us after going through a fairly rigorous assessment with Apple.

Lateral is  qualified for both Mobility Solutions and Mobility Deployment in the ACN program. We are also very happy to be the only Western Australian organisation currently qualified for both categories. That means we can help you with developing iPhone and iPad Apps, Cloud Integration and Enterprise Mobility.

Why should I work with a member of the Apple Consultants Network?

The Apple Consultants Network comprises independent companies who offer a range of solutions and professional services based around Apple products. Every member of the Apple Consultants Network has met the strict requirements for inclusion in the program and must maintain comprehensive, up-to-date knowledge of Apple products and services, to ensure they continually provide the best possible solutions for their customers.

For more information on the Apple Consultants Network program, visit Apple Consultants Network

If you want to talk to a local Apple expert in Perth, just give us call on 1300 585 355 or send us an email info@lateral.com.au. We are happy to help.

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.

If you want to be notified if another event comes up, follow us on LinkedIn or on our blog. Contact us if you are interested in a certain event topic you would like us to present on, on 1300 585 355 or info@lateral.com.au.

 

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.

If you want to contact us, call 1300 585 355 or send us a mail to info@lateral.com.au.

 

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:

Eventbrite - Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology

Invitation Event Wearables

We are hosting another breakfast event in Perth. Are you considering leveraging mobile technology for your organisation? Save your seat! Register here:

 

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.