Online Program

Development of a Quality Family Planning Mobile Application for Reproductive Health Care Providers

Monday, November 2, 2015

Viannella Halsall, National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning, UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies, Kansas City, MO
Jennifer Rogers, MPH, Population Health Strategies, Altarum Institute, Rockville, MD
Jacki Witt, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, SANE-A, FAANP, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Missouri – Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Denise Raybon, MPH, Population Health Systems, Altarum Institute, Washington, DC
METHODS: Feedback from clinicians in the field were gathered at the onset of development for a QFP Mobile App. A content navigation map, which laid the foundation for the app’s feature and functions, was produced by a team of clinicians, educators, administrators, and app developers. The app was previewed by a sample group of 120 clinicians at a regional women’s health care conference. There, clinicians were given the opportunity to test the app on mobile tablets to provide user feedback. The QFP Mobile App was then evaluated by a larger group during a ‘soft’ release to assess user uptake and usage. Data from analytics from code embedded in the app were used to measure usability of the app, and make any recommended improvements to the navigation flow map before large-scale release.

RESULTS: Qualitative and quantitative user feedback provided by clinicians during the beta test development phase of the mobile app will be shared. Usage data immediately following the app’s ‘soft’  launch will also be shared.

CONCLUSIONS: Use of continuous clinician feedback will ensure that the features and functions of the mobile app are effective for accessing relevant topics for the provision of quality family planning services. Through the use of a planned development process for this mobile app, the clinician’s skills and knowledge for effective delivery of high quality family planning programs will be enhanced through this new resource.

Learning Areas:

Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate a user-friendly app for mobile phones and tablets to aid in the awareness and adoption of the new national recommendations for providing quality family planning services (QFP).

Keyword(s): Family Planning, Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have more than 20 years of experience in public health, much of it focusing on sexual health, HIV/STD prevention and Family Planning. I am a task manager on the project featured in this poster and played an integral role in the development of the featured product.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.