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Digitized Peri-operative Surgical Nursing Form

As Alpha Software customers begin to adopt and leverage Alpha TransForm within their businesses, we will regularly share success stories from the users who are building real business apps with TransForm. The slides below showcase how users in the medical field -- in fact staff at a leading network of hospitals built a smartphone app in minutes that allows them to dramatically improve the logging and recording of the peri-operative surgical process and steps. This form has been turned into a smartphone app and it covers  the period when the patient is admitted for an operation, administered anesthesia, undergoes surgery, and experiences recovery.

Previously, medical staff captured important patient data via a paper form. This approach caused several problems, including:

  • Hand-writing is not always clear
  • Data entered cannot be validated
  • Hard to change/update the form template
  • Data cannot be reported-on easily from the written form

Applying Alpha TransForm to the Problem: Using a smartphone to capture form data

Using the data-capture smartphone app built with TransForm, the nursing team can now incorporate new data types - such as images, photo annotation, audio, etc. - into the data-capture process. The keyboard is optimized to speed capturing text and all types of mobile data, and hospital staff can sign-off on the format and submit it directly into the hospital's system(s) of record -- all from their smartphone. The slides below provide screenshots that illustrate the new smartphone data capture capabilities now possible with Alpha TransForm:

Perioperative Form 1

 Perioperative Form 2a

Perioperative Form 3

Perioperative Form 4

Perioperative Form 5

Perioperative Form 6

Perioperative Form 7

Perioperative Form 8

Through the Alpha TransForm dashboard nurses and TransForm admins can then:
  • Access and review all form data submitted
  • Export data to standard file formats (Excel, PDF and more)
  • View all form definitions, update or create new templates with a full-featured form design tool
  • Define user security permissions for accessing/filling-in forms on multiple levels
Digitizing the perioperative data capture process has allowed this hospital to dramatically speed data capture, improve data accuracy and patient safety, and enhance the patient experience.

alpha_transform_TMAlpha Software and its new TransForm technology enables business domain experts (a.k.a., citizen developers) and IT departments to work together to quickly and effectively digitize business processes and deliver tangible business impact. The technology lets line-of-business experts build mobile apps using their insight regarding workflow needs and efficiencies, while simultaneously enabling IT to control data integration with systems of record, and data security compliance. Check out our 90-second video about TransForm, and get more details about TransForm here.

If you would like to explore how Alpha TransForm could help your organization empower citizen developers, contact

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.