Recently we had an opportunity to speak with Tyrone Grandison, the Chief Information Officer at Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation about Health Atlas
Please share with us the backstory of what motivated you to create this app.
IHME produces the best-in-class data on population health worldwide. However, we have traditionally only published the data online. We needed to increase access to our data. Going mobile was the natural next step.
What features do you hope to roll out to your app in the future?
User accounts and user-to-user collaboration are features we hope to include.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of the creation of this app?
Seeing the feedback from the app's users
What is the coolest or most innovative feature of your app?
The animation as the graphs are drawn in the iOS app.
What surprised you most in your journey to create this app?
The administrative hurdles that needed to be navigated.
Which other mobile apps or technology have inspired you?
The World Bank app
Do you have any recommendations or advice for others wanting to create a mobile app?
Start with the user. Get user feedback. Listen to the user after deployment.
How did you decide which platforms to release your app on and do you plan on releasing your app to other platforms?
We went for coverage. Android and Apple devices are the larger mobile market share. No other platforms are being considered.
How is your app different than the rest of the market? Which unique need does it fill?
It is unique in the data that it displays and in its intended audience and use.
You can view Health Atlas here
For more information, visit: http://www.healthdata.org/healthatlas