2023 Update -
This solution was featured as part of the Nov 2022 IHE USA Path to Production series (#6). That video is available here:
WVEMS Protocols -
The WVEMS Protocols app is a cross-platform Flutter app designed to quickly view, interact, and search through PDFs. It is being used clinically in 7 cities and 12 counties in southwest Virginia. The app allows EMTs to access the guidelines and protocols necessary for on-shift patient care. In the first month of release alone, the app was installed on 1,200 Android phones and iPhones.
This app builds heavily on the use of interactive PDFs. For example, a separate PDF exists for each year the protocol was updated / released. For future projects, additional PDFs may be created to satisfy different needs, such as locations, agencies, clinical settings, etc.
The app is fully open-source and may be modified to view any type of PDF. We strongly suggest using PDFs with
embedded links so you can more easily swap from one page in the PDF to another. If any interest exists to have a custom-built app that displays your own PDF content, or to have a similar setup for your own needs, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work with you.
If you need help creating / modifying your own PDFs as well, just let us know. The PDFs found in the WVEMS Protocols app fall under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license, so if you wanted to adapt and modify some of this existing content to match your own needs…you are welcome to do so as long as you provide attribution to the WVEMS Council, Inc and you keep your derivative content under the same license. Similarly, if you use your own PDF from scratch, you are welcome to put it under any license you want.
- PDFs are loaded automatically via the flutter_pdfview package
Navigatebetween pages using links on the Table of Contents or swiping up / down. Click on underlined text to go to a linked page. Press the
Homekey to go back to the Table of Contents
- Click the
settingsicon to download other PDFs or to change between light / dark themes
- This feature uses Firebase authentication and Firebase cloud storage, via FlutterFire
- Use the bar at the top to
search PDF content, including a history of your last 10 searches
Share this appwith others using a single QR code, or download / share the PDFs directly
Firebase cloud messagingmakes it so that the EMS agency can send the occasional push notification to its users