Android Mobile OMT Medical App Highlights Development Challenges

October 26, 2010 in iAnnouncements (E)

[] Seattle, Washington - Clinically Relevant Technologies today released their Mobile Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) app suite for clinicians using the Android platform, following the successful release of their iOS version. The developers faced challenges in trying to create a quality application on par with the iOS version, to include overcoming the Android Markets very small application size limit for the many high quality videos embedded in the app. With nearly 150 techniques and high quality video, this series aims to lead the change in clinical education delivery.

Seattle, WA - Announcing that Clinically Relevant Technologies, developers of clinical applications for smartphones, have released a new suite of Android apps for clinicians who use manual therapy to treat musculosketal problems. This comes amidst a global push to implement smartphone and mobile tablet devices at medical education centers, hospitals, and clinics, along with an industry shift from textbooks to electronic platforms. The developers overcame challenges in app size limits and storage options for the relatively large sized apps.

It took Rhon and Hando and their team more than five hundred hours of work to compile the content of Mobile OMT. The Android platform continues to provide development challenges, especially in the education and clinical reference sector. As more applications with a large amount of educational content are developed, mobile platforms need to be ready to deliver these apps to the end user. In the end, users who buy one of the Mobile OMT apps will purchase the app from the Market and then be prompted for a one-time download of the video content after they have installed the application. The other challenge was in the storage of these files (nearly 500MB if you have all 3 apps). Only Android OS 2.1 or higher allows for storage on applications on external SD storage cards. Therefore this medical app suite is not available to devices running older OS versions. Additionally, the lack of a purely "medical" category has lead to confusion with consumers and with marketing as medical apps are lumped in with "anything related to health" apps in a more universal Health category.

"We had some challenges in creating a set of applications that functioned analogous to their iOS counterparts. We wanted an identical user experience, in terms of content access, across platforms. However, even with careful compression of the videos to make them significantly smaller than the iOS versions, the size still reached approximately 150MB per app. The Android SDK would not even let us create an app that size, and the largest-sized app we could find that had been successfully uploaded to the Android Market was 24MB," explains Dan Rhon, partner at Clinically Relevant Technologies.

The Mobile OMT suite contains close to 150 different orthopaedic manipulative therapy techniques for the treatment of many different musculoskeletal conditions. Care was taken to include techniques that have been used in clinical trials and reported in the peer-reviewed medical literature. Each technique is presented with written instructions, high-quality video demonstration with audio overlay, "key points" for performing the technique successfully as well as common variations of the technique's performance.

"We're very excited because we believe this content lends itself well to digital platforms such as the one's we've used here. Being able to read instructions, hear the instructions read aloud and then observe the technique performed from multiple angles provides a powerful tool for mastering manipulative techniques. I just wish there was something like this available when I went through my fellowship training," states Dr. Ben Hando, partner and content developer at Clinically Relevant Technologies.

The Mobile OMT application series provides step-by-step illustration of each procedure and indication, using text, videos and medical reviews from peers and links to PUBMed references. Everything is covered, from the extremities to the spine.

"One of our goals with these applications was to get the most out of the platforms provided by these devices. Despite the limitations, we feel that we met this goal by successfuly incorporating high quality videos, the ability to access and email PUBMed abstracts and the overall ease of navigation through a lot of information," stated Hando.

Important Mobile OMT features:
* Practice and augment your teaching of OMT right out of the box!
* Powerful pocket reference with periodic updates of emerging research related to OMT
* Almost 150 techniques in the entire suite targeted at orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions/diagnoses in 9 main body regions
* "Add to Favorites" feature
* Step-by step descriptions on how to perform each maneuver broken down by patient position, clinician position, and technique application
* High quality video demonstrations embedded in the app (no internet required) with audio instructions (there is a 1-time download of videos from server after initial purchase of app)
* Links to supporting medical references
* Reference reviews via abstracts in PUBMed
* Email colleagues, patients, and friends the PUBMed links referenced in the apps
* A summary of the history of manipulative therapy across different health professions
* Highly referenced "Evidence Summaries" of the current state of the research on OMT for each of the 9 regions

Device Requirements:
* Requires Android 2.1 or later
* Between 150MB and 170MB per app (after download of videos which occurs after the initial purchase of app)
* Enough room on SD card for approximately 500MB of video storage

Pricing and Availability
Each of the three Mobile OMT apps in the OMT suite is only $29.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the Android Market in the Health category. Learn more about this important application by visiting Clinically Relevant website.

Clinically Relevant Technologies is comprised of a group of clinicians immersed in patient care, research, and academia. Together, they are working to create interactive informational applications to help guide clinical decision making in an evidence-based manner that is easy to access, use and keep up to date. Clinically Relevant Technologies develops projects that are clinically relevant tools for modern healthcare providers, clinicians, residents, students and researchers. Their CORE - Clinical ORthopaedic Exam has consistently been in the top 50 highest grossing iPhone medical apps category.


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