Title: Application of low-cost methodologies for mobile phone app development
year: 2014
Journal: JMIR Mhealth Uhealth
Volume: 2
Issue: 4
Pages: e55
Epubdate: 11/12/2014
Alternate Journal: JMIR mHealth and uHealth
ISSN: 2291-5222
DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.3549
PMCID: PMC4275474
Accession Number: 25491323
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The usage of mobile phones and mobile phone apps in the recent decade has indeed become more prevalent. Previous research has highlighted a method of using just the Internet browser and a text editor to create an app, but this does not eliminate the challenges faced by clinicians. More recently, two methodologies of app development have been shared, but there has not been any disclosures pertaining to the costs involved. In addition, limitations such as the distribution and dissemination of the apps have not been addressed. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this research article are to: (1) highlight a low-cost methodology that clinicians without technical knowledge could use to develop educational apps; (2) clarify the respective costs involved in the process of development; (3) illustrate how limitations pertaining to dissemination could be addressed; and (4) to report initial utilization data of the apps and to share initial users' self-rated perception of the apps. METHODS: In this study, we will present two techniques of how to create a mobile app using two of the well-established online mobile app building websites. The costs of development are specified and the methodology of dissemination of the apps will be shared. The application of the low-cost methodologies in the creation of the "Mastering Psychiatry" app for undergraduates and "Deja vu" app for postgraduates will be discussed. A questionnaire survey has been administered to undergraduate students collating their perceptions towards the app. RESULTS: For the Mastering Psychiatry app, a cumulative total of 722 users have used the mobile app since inception, based on our analytics. For the Deja vu app, there has been a cumulative total of 154 downloads since inception. The utilization data demonstrated the receptiveness towards these apps, and this is reinforced by the positive perceptions undergraduate students (n=185) had towards the low-cost self-developed apps. CONCLUSIONS: This is one of the few studies that have demonstrated the low-cost methodologies of app development; as well as student and trainee receptivity toward self-created Web-based mobile phone apps. The results obtained have demonstrated that these Web-based low-cost apps are applicable in the real life, and suggest that the methodologies shared in this research paper might be of benefit for other specialities and disciplines.
Notes: 2291-5222
Zhang, Melvyn
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8385-2345
Cheow, Enquan
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2085-333X
Ho, Cyrus Sh
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7092-9566
Ng, Beng Yeong
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4219-5841
Ho, Roger
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0174-5461
Cheok, Christopher Cheng Soon
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4462-6585
JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2014 Dec 9 2(4):e55 doi:
URI: https://open-access.imh.com.sg/handle/123456789/4763
Authors Address: National HealthCare Group, Singapore, Singapore. melvynzhangweibin@gmail.com.
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