BNF Mobile App for the NHS
Today, Click Innovate began work on a cross platform mobile app for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, “NICE”. The app will work cross platform on iPhone and Android mobile devices, other platforms and tablet devices may be added in the future.
The primary objective is to improve access for NHS staff in England to the British National Formulary, the “BNF” and will be used by pharmacists, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who prescribe and administer medicines.
An internet connection is not always available in hospitals or places where the app may be used. With this in mind, the content should be available offline and be searchable without a WIFI or 3G connection.
Developing an app with a limited audience (i.e. the NHS) can cause problems with the Apple submission and approval process, this is made even more challenging by not downloading any content from the store (iTunes or Google Play), content should only be downloaded once the user has authenticated.
The BNF regularly update their content, the app should be capable of checking for updates when an internet connection is available and updating as appropriate.
Here is a summary of the main features we plan to implement:
- An offline browsing facility of up-to-date content.
- An offline “auto-complete” search, which filters results as the user types.
- A Notification system for when content updates are available.
- A content bookmarking facility.
- Accessibility features (to change colours and text size).