The mindset a few years ago for website development was to consider how a digital property was going to look on a mobile device. As responsive design became a reality, the logic shifted to one focused on providing a quality mobile user experience . Now, with mobile usage far surpassing computer usage for initial searches, we have to have a mobile optimized mindset as we create content for healthcare professionals.
“Do we really need sales reps to support medical devices?” This question has been asked by surgeons, medical device CEOs, and hospital administrators for years. Recently, however, that philosophical question moved from theory to practice in a bold move by Smith & Nephew.
Since mobile devices arose in the market, they have quickly evolved from a consumer luxury to a necessity, bringing a new set of challenges to business owners and content developers. A recent study conducted by Pew Research Center found that more than 90% of Americans own a cell phone and 63% of these mobile phone owners now use their phones to go online.1 With nearly two-thirds of the United States population using their phones to access the web, it is becoming essential for companies to understand how to cost-effectively deliver the best user experiences possible for multiple devices.
In the movie the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy famously exclaimed, “Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!” Today’s equivalent would be, “Apple, and Android, and Apps, oh my!”
At DevicePharm, we are having increasingly complex discussions with our clients about web and mobile media platforms. The lines between phones, tablets, and computers as well as apps, and app-like web solutions continue to blur. And the lines between perception and reality, in terms of what consumers are actually doing online, are in a constant state of flux. It makes Dorothy’s animal issue pale by comparison.
DevicePharm, ranked among the top 100 medical marketing agencies in the nation by MM&M, has been awarded a 2013 Summit Creative Award for the “Wingman iPad App” created on behalf of our ReFlow Medical, Inc. client.