This NHS project was to produce a mobile phone App for Android and iPhone that can show the user live waiting times in local hospitals. The intention is to allow the patient to make an informed choice regarding which of their local sites to visit.
The App allows the user to search for sites by postcode, device location or locality. As well as waiting times it also shows information such as opening times, treatments and parking info for each site. A news feed is also shown relevant to the sites selected. The App is integrated to the phones navigation system for turn by turn navigation to the site car-park.
The system comprises of the App itself which is developed using PhoneGap (which is based on Apache Cordova), a server application that provides information to the App and a maintenance web application so the site information can be maintained.
The actual wait-times are sent automatically via a web service to the server application, or they can be manually updated using the administration system. Once at the server application they can be fetched by the App via a web request.
The administration system has a flexible authentication system which manages the user access.
Each news item is selected by tags associated with it, to ensure that its only relevant to the sites or localities the user is interested in.
The App is available on the Android and iPhone stores. It currently has 16 Hospital and Walk-in centre sites available and I hope the owners (University Hospitals of North Midlands) will be adding more in the near future.
When the App was recently rolled out in Wales BBC news reported on it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38560567