As mentioned before we were given two apps to develop for local students with the Creative Schools App Challenge, the first was Chicken Jumper, and the second is Medical Me!
Medical Me! was designed by Amy Mullan and Rachel McGivern of Thornhill College, and is intended to make sure that you never lose any medical documents and information again. The app will keep all your medical information in one place and under a secure password to make sure that no one else will be able to access your information.
Development of this app began shortly after getting Chicken Jumper ready, with a reduced size team and new software there were to be struggles ahead as we got to grips with the new software. We were using the Xamarin development suite to create the app, and Xcode for the visual design.
It was important for us to find a balance between a professional and a fun to use app, with a lot of changes early on in the development on the setup. We eventually found the best way to navigate through the app was to use a split view controller to have a master view to control the navigation and have a detail view to handle all the content.
After the second week, we had a working app for iPad with all data entry saving and all emails and passwords working efficiently. We started to look at extending compatibility and started to get the app working on iPhone. This was to include redesigning all the .xib files in Xcode to make the view actually contain data fields, we also needed to add in a scroll view to nearly every page, to allow all the data to be able to fit on the page, another step we had to learn. This added a week onto the project completion date, but was a necessary step to make sure that users are not only limited to using an iPad, especially considering the design was from local school girls who are more likely to have an iPhone than an iPad.
Now we have a fully complete and functional app that allows you to enter you contact details, register appointments onto the device, keep all your previous and ongoing conditions in easy access, keep your doctors information handy and even add photos to the app if you have photos of prescriptions or dosage instruction you can’t risk losing.
The app is available for download on iOS devices and can be downloaded now off of the app store. If you are constantly having to try and remember your medical details or you just keep forgetting appointments, this app is perfect to help you keep all that information in one place.