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EMS App – Built With Corona – Interview With Developer

EMS Pro Mobile App

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is proud to offer the EMS PRO app. The app was developed by LVHN’s Division of EMS to provide clinical decision support, calculators, and communication tools for EMS providers in the field. EMS PRO is a useful tool while providing patient assessment, treatment, and transport and replaces the traditional printed reference materials that EMTs and Paramedics carry.

EMS PRO enables providers to have quick and easy access to:
-Pre-hospital ALS and BLS protocols and calculators
-Burn triage tools
-Drug reference information
-GPS integration with your phone for easy routing to Lehigh Valley Health Network hospitals
-Listing of all Pennsylvania hospitals and addresses

A quick interview on the app.

  • Brief us about you/your company?

We are a mulit-location health care provider network.  I can refer you to our official website for more information on us, otherwise the PR people will need to get involved:

http://www.lvhn.org/about_us

  • What made you to decide using Corona for your app?

We had previously contracted a vendor to create the app for iOS and then Android.  After numerous delays we realized that we really needed to bring development in-house.  Since the app would be getting regular updates and needed to support multiple platforms, we wanted a cross platform development tool so that we could develop it once and only maintain one copy of the application – and only have to learn one development platform instead of objective C for Apple and Java for Android.

  • What are the challenges you have faced in using Corona for your app?

The largest challenges were just learning Corona as we developed the app.  LUA is fairly straightforward but somethings that I’m used to doing in other languages were impossible or not straightforward in LUA.  The other challenge was making it universal, so that it looked good on every platform – especially iPhone and major Android aspect ratios.  Luckily, the forums were a great help.

  • Do you plan to use Corona for your other apps in future?

Currently, we have no plans to develop future applications, though it’s always a possibility.  Because of the nature of our business (healthcare), much of the information we deal with (patient data) is protected by numerous laws and coming up with secure solutions is difficult and there is a lot of red tape to cut through with legal and public affairs.

But if we do develop other apps, I would use Corona again.

  • Do you suggest Corona for other app developers?

I’m a big proponent of using the right tool for the right job.  I would definitely recommend that developers look into the pro’s and con’s of using Corona.  One of the biggest pro’s in my book is the fact that you can maintain one code base for all platforms, if you create it right.  That’s a huge win in my book – especially if your app will need frequent updates.  If the developer is starting from scratch, then there’s only one learning curve – for LUA – instead of multiple learning curves for iOS, Android, Windows, etc.

  • Where can we find your apps on Google Play or App Store? 

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ems-pro/id879586473?mt=8

Play Store:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.lvhn.emspro