Mobile apps could greatly benefit the NHS
Even for the NHS the numbers were staggering; an annual budget deficit of £822m for 2014, against the previous year’s deficit of £115m. This figure is put into even sharper focus with the fact that Trusts spent £1.8bn on contract and agency staff, more than double the amount planned!
It’s no secret to suggest that The NHS is under enormous pressure, with budgets squeezed and staff complaining they are over-worked and short of time. But, if there’s one area of the NHS that seems to hold no more scope for cost savings, it’s the people. It’s the doctors, the nurses and the carers. This is bourn out by the figure of £1.8m spent on temporary staff!
So, if the NHS can’t make savings on the people, then the other obvious area for potential cost savings are the processes; and this is . . . → Read More: How mobile apps might, just might, save the NHS
08:00 – 10th April – 2015. A point in time that every Apple fan will understand; the pre-release of the Apple Watch! I was there, poised. I knew that I needed the 42mm black sport watch and had done my extensive research. At 07:55, I was suddenly distracted at home and could not attend to my order. The time hit 08:45 and by this point my choice was suddenly not available for quick delivery. My heart sank. My palms started to sweat. It was clear that I was suffering physically! I started to review my second and third design choices. No good – they were also 4-6 weeks out for delivery. Over the weekend I started to check to see if there were glitches that would allow me to get any of my choices via the approved channels but alas it was not possible. It was obvious that I . . . → Read More: Thoughts From A Wearable Tech Addict.
One of the great things about heading up the marketing function at CommonTime is that I frequently get the opportunity to ‘talk mobile’ with a wide range of customers, potential customers and the general public at trade shows and exhibitions. We’ve recently finished off a number of annual trade events in the Healthcare and Public Sector space, and speaking with people on the CommonTime stand it was obvious (to me!) that people’s views on mobility within their own organisations had taken a noticeable change of direction and understanding. This change of understanding was subtle, and it certainly wasn’t universal, but it was definitely there.
Speaking with delegates on the CommonTime stand it was clear that the majority had a fairly sound grounding in what mobile app technology ‘is’, ‘does’ and ‘is capable of’, but what made the conversations much more interesting were the ‘I want it to do . . . → Read More: Has the (mobility) penny finally dropped in the B2E space?
Wearable Mobile Devices – keep track of every beat, every step, every pulse!
According to industry analysts, Gartner, the mobility sector is due for yet another significant year of growth in 2015. Gartner is predicting an overall growth of 30% in 2015 in the usage of ‘connected’ devices. These include the usual smartphone and tablet devices, but the most interesting sector of device growth is in the area of wearable mobile devices (‘wearables’) and personal monitoring devices. Most, if not all of the major mobile hardware brands have launched a device in this wearable category, with new, more innovative applications entering the market all the time.
The Benefits of Wearable Mobile Devices in the Working Environment
CommonTime have been following this upward trend in wearable mobile devices for a while now. One of the areas that we’ve been monitoring particularly closely is the healthcare sector, where the benefits of this . . . → Read More: 2015 – The Year Of Wearable Mobile Devices?
If our experience from working with organisations within the Built Environment (BE) has taught us one thing it’s that different departments within BE organisations face very varied challenges when working away from the office. This is particularly true when applied to mobile working and mobile working requirements within purchasing and inventory management departments of an organisation.
The vast majority of ‘off-site’ procurement processes and functions still rely heavily on traditional paper-based recording and reporting methods. And with this reliance on paper, comes a range of inherent challenges for the procurement team:-
Speed of Data Processing Paper based requisitioning and approval processes typically suffer from delays in getting the relevant documents from the instigator through to the signatory and then ultimately to the purchaser. Moving these processes onto mobile computers (ie laptops) doesn’t necessarily speed up these procedures, as online access may still be required. This is compounded by . . . → Read More: Mobile Working For Procurement And Inventory Management
With the Summer well and truly in full flow, we thought it would be great idea to keep you updated on some of the mobile app projects that we’re currently working on here at CommonTime. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but does provide a brief overview of the range and variety of mobility projects that we’re bringing to market.
Shepherd Group –Construction
CommonTime is delighted to add Shepherd Group to our growing list of ‘platform’ customers. We’ve been working with the Shepherd Group for over a year now and we’ve successfully delivered a range of bespoke mobile apps for distinct processes such as:- Snagging and Defect Notification.
Shepherd Group now feel that the time is right to bring their app development program in-house. They are currently using the CommonTime mDesign platform to develop . . . → Read More: CommonTime Mobile Projects Update – August 2014