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Improving Data Driven Decision making in Healthcare

You can't rely on gut feel. Better, faster decision-making is all about collecting accurate data and analyzing data faster. Data-driven decision making (DDDM) by doctors and nurses on the front lines can be dramatically improved with better mobile apps. 

The best healthcare apps are useless if they don't use data that's been collected in an accurate, timely way. Good medical decisions (like many other decisions) are all predicated on:

1) having good data that is rich (includes audio, images with annotations, drawings, GPS locations etc) and is complete, 
2) getting the data as soon as possible so that timely action, if need be, can be taken
3) having the data in machine readable form so that it can be readily shared and analyzed with authorized parties
4) drawing conclusions based on real data science.

Think about the error-prone and cumbersome paper forms currently used in healthcare. Once a data set has been written down on paper, it still must be manually entered into a computer.

Now imagine digitizing these forms -- turning them into an intelligent smartphone app collecting complete data, faster and more accurately. Decision-makers could make more informed decisions based on accurate and comprehensive data and analytics.

Today, we showcase another Alpha TransForm app example built for visiting nurses that meets all three of the objectives mentioned above.

We begin with a standard paper form used by visiting nurses today and turn it into a mobile data collection solution built in 20 minutes by a medical professional who has no coding skills.
(Note an equivalent smartphone app using low-code or traditional app building approaches could easily 
take weeks to build and would require someone with coding skills to build the app.)

This video walkthrough of the data-driven app shows how the app:

  • uses timers to measure things like heart rates

  • has conditional fields to determine drug side effects to watch out for- based on the drugs that the patient is taking

  • records patient's sounds (breathing/talking/coughing)

  • confirms GPS location to validate that the visit actually took place

  • allows the nurse to take pictures and annotate and markup areas that need evaluation

  • ensures equipment can be tracked and much more.

Below are some slides that walk through the data-driven app visually:

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An app for data driven decisions on smartphones enables better business decisions


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Improving Data Driven Decisions Based on Data  

alpha_transform_TMCompanies need to collect data to answer business questions. Alpha TransForm enables data analysts and IT departments to work together on data-driven apps that improve the decision-making process. This can dramatically improve your progress on business goals in the long term.

TransForm is the only platform that  lets workers with domain expertise build secure offline apps in minutes. IT staff can use TransForm to maintain control of security, data governance and connect apps to systems of record. The result is an ability to collect data faster and more comprehensively for better business decisions.

TransForm is built to tightly integrate with the Alpha Anywhere mobile app development platform or act as a front-end mobile forms app for any big data source..  Learn more about building data-driven apps with the Alpha TransForm mobile forms builder.

Further Reading: Harvard Business Review: Data-Driven Decisions Start with These 4 Questions

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Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi

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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.