As the SMART® app platform continues to mature, there exists a growing need to design and create targeted, healthcare-focused apps that satisfy a specific need or use case. Managing multiple code bases (such as Java/Kotlin for Android or Swift for iOS) can be a challenge, and while multiple options exist to develop an Android/iOS app using a single code base, each comes with its own set of tradeoffs.
However, the app market is rapidly evolving. In 2017, Google announced a public release of an open-source software development kit called Flutter, which uses the Dart programming language.
Since its release, the Flutter community has grown substantially, and the platform’s “hot reload” feature allows for dynamic changes to be performed in real-time while an app is still running on a device or emulator. Put simply, app designers at any level in the healthcare space can now make rapid design tweaks on the fly, and in a manner that harnesses agile development techniques to its full potential.
Target audience: Board-certified clinical informaticians and other informatics professionals
John Manning, MD
Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center
After participating in this CME internet enduring material, the learner should be better able to:
- Outline a transition from idea, to wireframe, to interactive layout for a health-related app in Flutter.
The American Medical Informatics Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation Statement
The American Medical Informatics Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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