Utah hospital system taps Kony for mobile apps

By Brian Dolan
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konyUtah-based Intermountain Healthcare, a system of 22 nonprofit hospitals, 185 clinics, a medical group, a health plans division called SelectHealth, and other health services, announced that it had inked a deal with Kony Solutions to enable it to make its mobile health apps available to patients, members, and providers regardless of which operating system their mobile devices run. As we reported a few weeks ago, Kony struck a similar deal with Independence Blue Cross.

Kony claims that its Write Once, Run Everywhere technology enables mobile deployment across more than 9,000 mobile smartphones, tablets, kiosks, and operating systems.

Intermountain Healthcare plans to create apps for clinical care, physicians, nurses, patients and health plan members using the platform.

“With Kony, we can easily support both mobile web and native apps. Kony also helps us future-proof our mobile strategy, so we don’t have to constantly worry about OS upgrades or new devices on the market,” Frederick Holston, CTO at Intermountain Healthcare stated in a press release.

Kony’s platform will help Intermountain develop both native applications and mobile web (HTML5 and non‐HTML5) across devices. The platform enables native support for seven operating systems: iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Java ME, Symbian, webOS.

More in the press release below:

PRESS RELEASE: ORLANDO -- Kony Solutions, the leading mobile application platform provider, today announced that Intermountain Healthcare has selected Kony as its mobile application platform. Kony’s Write Once, Run Everywhere technology enables mobile deployment across more than 9,000 mobile smartphones/tablets/kiosks and operating systems, allowing Intermountain to offer its providers and patients brand‐consistent, robust mobile solutions, regardless of the device they use.

Intermountain is a Utah-based system of 22 nonprofit hospitals, 185 clinics, a medical group, a health plans division called SelectHealth, and other health services. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in clinical quality improvement and in efficient healthcare delivery. Intermountain’s innovative and forward-thinking use of information technology has earned the organization numerous honors, including a “Top 500 Innovator” award from InformationWeek and the 2011 Transformational Leadership Award from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association.

“Our staff is committed to finding innovative ways to provide services and access to the communities we serve,” says Frederick Holston, chief technology officer at Intermountain. “By using Kony’s platform to develop our mobile offerings, we can roll out apps more quickly, lower development costs, and more importantly, provide an exceptional user experience for our staff, our patients, and our members,”

Intermountain developers will soon begin training on the Kony Studio, a proprietary Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the rapid development and deployment of mobile applications. Intermountain intends to develop apps for clinical care, physicians, nurses, patients and health plan members using Kony’s platform. “With Kony, we can easily support both mobile web and native apps. Kony also helps us future-proof our mobile strategy, so we don’t have to constantly worry about OS upgrades or new devices on the market,” said Holston.

“We’re pleased to work with Intermountain to help them deliver new mobile services to clients and a new generation of applications for their staff,” said Aaron Kaufman, general manager of Kony’s Healthcare and Life Sciences division. “Intermountain chose Kony because our platform gives them comprehensive device support and incredible ease-of-use. With our platform, Intermountain can stay ahead of the technology curve and focus on providing quality care.”

Kony’s KonyOne 4.0 is the only platform that enables a single application definition to deliver both native applications and mobile web (HTML5 and non‐HTML5) across phones, tablets, kiosks and desktops. Offering true native support for all seven operating systems (including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Java ME, Symbian, webOS) along with simultaneous support for the mobile web, the KonyOne platform provides a secure, scalable and extensible mobile middleware runtime platform that can be seamlessly integrated with existing services.

About Kony Solutions

Kony enables companies to provide innovative mobile solutions on every mobile device. Leveraging the KonyOne 4.0 Platform, an application is defined just once, and deployed across more than 9,000 devices, 7 operating systems and multiple channels, including native, HTML5 and mobile web, hybrid, social media, SMS/MMS, kiosks, desktop and tablet applications. KonyOne provides a universal framework that ensures the best user experience by optimizing all native capabilities for each device operating system and browser. Given the market's rapid rate of device and platform upgrades, Kony future proofs applications against OS and browser updates, providing SLAs guaranteeing timely support of the newest operating systems and devices. Leading brands have built business‐to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-employee (B2E) applications with KonyOne, including Hotwire, Huntington Bank, Hyatt, Toyota and Capital One.

In 2011 Kony was positioned as a “Visionary” in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Consumer Application Platforms (MCAP) report. Kony has been named a Gartner Cool Vendor, a “Most Innovative Company of the Year” by the American Business Awards and was chosen as one of Fast Company’s 100 innovative Apple‐affiliated achievers.

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