The Evolve Constellation… a Glimpse of the Future
a. any of various groups of stars to which definite names have been given…
b. the section of the heavens occupied by such a group.
2. A group or configuration of ideas, feelings, characteristics, objects, etc., that are related in some way.
I recently blogged about Evolve for iPad™ and the journey we followed in designing an iPad only version of our Electronic Medical Record. The success of our app has been incredible and clinicians throughout the NHS are raving about its usability and accessibility, which is helping them deliver better patient care and improve patient safety. However, we believe this success is only the beginning. Mobility will play a crucial role in the delivery of healthcare in the coming years and our vision is for Evolve to be at the centre of this. However, this presents us with a dilemma – how do we continue to innovate and provide the range of functionality needed by clinicians while still honoring our core design principles of usability, performance and security? We have carefully crafted every feature within our app and will not simply continue to expand it with more and more features, turning it into a Swiss Army Knife app.
Instead, our strategy is to deliver a growing collection of apps, each one explicitly designed to solve a particular problem really well and each one designed to complement clinicians as they treat their patients. Up until now, I didn’t have a term to properly describe this ecosystem, but Fred Wilson coined the phrase “App Constellation” in one of his recent blogs and for me this perfectly describes our vision of a portfolio of inter-connected apps, each designed to do a specific thing.
The challenge with an App Constellation is that it needs to be carefully designed to ensure all the apps can seamlessly integrate with each other – we don’t want a fragmented ecosystem that is difficult to navigate. To address this our R&D team have been doing a lot of thinking and research regarding many of the challenges in this area, including some of those outlined below:
In summary, I believe app constellations are the future of mobile healthcare and I’m looking forward to sharing more of our progress in this area over the coming year. Watch this space.
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