Mobile Application Provides Convenience


IBS helps American College of Surgeons eliminate long conference registration lines


The Client

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a health advocacy and accreditation organization, a provider of quality improvement programs, and a provider of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for surgeons.

The Challenge

ACS’ annual Clinical Congress is attended by over 10,000 surgeons. The event provides them with opportunities to earn CME credit, which is required to maintain board certification, by attending various educational seminars.  To confirm attendance and earn the CME credit, attendees were previously required to stand in line at kiosks that housed a CME web application. The attendee would then record their attendance of each seminar and complete an evaluation.

ACS wanted to speed up this process by putting an application with similar functionality on attendees’ smart phones, which would provide them with the flexibility to register their attendance at their own convenience. ACS also wanted to adopt a .NET platform, not only for this mobile app, but for future development projects as well.

They needed all of this done within an 8 week window before the conference started.

The Solution

IBS designed a mobile-friendly web app designed to interface with ACS’ existing application so that business users could maintain one set of data.

The conference schedule is maintained in one place for both the mobile site and the ACS desktop site. The new app also interfaced with ACS’ existing membership system for user logins and password verification.

Business rules included in the application verify the surgeons’ conference registrations and also ensure that credits claimed do not exceed the maximum allowed credits per session.

Also integrated in the application is a conference evaluation form that must be completed by attendees and is easily created and edited by the conference’s business users.<.p>

Since the American College of Surgeons IT team consisted of Cold Fusion developers, IBS trained the ACS team so they could continue to maintain the .NET application on their own.

The Results

IBS completed the project on time, and under budget. ACS’ IT team was pleased with the results. The application was well received by the surgeons and significantly shortened the kiosk lines at the conference.

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Technologies

Technologies used:


Front End
    • HTML5
    • Backbone.js
    • Jquery mobile

    Back End
    • RESTful API