ePCR for iPad was built for fire, EMS, and other prehospital service providers to digitally complete patient care reports. The majority of ePCR software available on the market requires a full-time network connection with a server. When crews are called to remote locations, this model is not ideal, since network connectivity is not always an option.
ePCR for iPad allows users to work offline. When users enter information in the app, the data is retained locally on the device until an internet connection is detected. When a connection is present, our data synchronization tool, AppSync, syncs the data with our servers.
Some agencies have decided to save money by using a WiFi-enabled iPad instead of a cell-data-enabled model. Users enter data completely offline while on a call, eliminating the need for an internet connection while in the field. When the crew returns back to home base, all data is synced using the agency’s local wifi.
In addition to the ability to sync data that was entered offline, ePCR for iPad also provides optimized syncing to its customers.
We recently optimized data synchronization for ePCR for iPad to improve the app’s performance in two different areas. The first sync area we improved is the initial sync, where the app retrieves the data it needs to get a new user up and running. The second area is an incremental sync, where the app sends local changes and retrieves changes since the last sync from the server. These two distinct tasks allowed us two different opportunities for performance optimization.
The optimization happened through the use of data compression, tuning the frequency with which the data is exchanged, and exploring data formats that allow us to package and transfer data more efficiently. The changes have resulted in synchronization performance improvements of more than 10x, especially during the initial sync. The improvements give ePCR for iPad users access to any amount of data, large or small, just about as fast as it can be downloaded.
In order to complete reports in a timely and correct manner, EMTs, paramedics and firefighters require quick, efficient data entry. Thanks to a user interface we continue to enhance, reduced data entry times and the rapid synchronization speeds from our optimized app-to-server and server-to-app data sync processes, ePCR for iPad is an outstanding electronic patient care reporting solution.