Case Study: Medical Search Engine

March 02, 2015 428 Views
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Case Study: Medical Search Engine

The MedNexus app was designed and developed as an easy way for healthcare professionals and expert consumers to access the most relevant medical information. Available content types include published scientific articles, reviews and meta-analyses, blogs, guidelines, the latest news of medical science, and will expand to include white papers, videos, podcasts, and many other content types.

The Client's database of medical content and website were respectively the basis for the app's functionality and design. The main idea was to facilitate fast search on the go and convenient offline access within an intuitive and highly responsive application.


Initially, the Client planned to build a mobile website and a cross-platform application based in PhoneGap in order to pilot the app before developing a full-blown native iOS and Android app to test the app and iterate based on user feedback. However, market research that involved studying the target user base's mobile preferences, along with projected cost estimates, showed that the better strategic decision was to build a native iOS app, and only then proceed to Android as a separate project once concerns were addressed with respect to design, functionality, and usability.

The design was provided by the Client and modified according to our recommendations, considering the supported platform versions (iOS 7 and later) and devices (iPhone 4 to iPhone 6/6 Plus). Additionally, the app is compatible with the iPad mini without any adjustments.


In addition to the design, the Client provided us with access to a REST API connected to the backend, which stored, processed, and delivered the content. Our task was to implement the front-end with the design and specifications at hand.


  • • Search according to timeframe and content type: articles, reviews, blogs
  • • Refined search
  • • Convenient and familiar read-mode, appreciated by iOS users
  • • Save content via Bookmark functionality
  • • Access recently viewed content in History
  • • Quick access to Previous search queries
  • • Share links to materials with Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail
  • • Copy and share links to original material
  • • In-app feedback

Applied Technologies

  • • CoreData
  • • AFNetworking
  • • Custom View Controls from Cocoa Controls
  • • ViewDeckController
  • • JSONModel

Results & Achievements

Quality of software products and precision of information is vital for every industry, for all of our products. When it comes to medical apps and the legally protected HIPAA compliant software development, there is an even stronger sense of responsibility. The Client's product must provide relevant and accurate information to users, and must do so in a reliable and fast manner. The risks of a user failing to find and access the needed information must be minimized. We managed to build such a product and publish it on the App Store within the expected timeframe, much to the Client's satisfaction. The current MedNexus application is available free of charge.

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