Jacksonville Business Journal
by Will Robinson
The barriers of entry for building an app have all but disappeared: Anyone with coding knowledge or the means to pay for those with such skills can do so fairly easily. But building a successful business based on an app is a different endeavor, requiring entrepreneurs to develop, secure, scale, monetize and market their app. Mayo Clinic, which developed an Alexa skill for first-aid tips, similarly had a complex development process. Before the app-development team, based in Minnesota, could build an app, editors had to find a way to translate textbook-like medical steps into conversational snippets, according to Dr. Sandhya Pruthi, general internal medicine physician and associate medical director of Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions. “People want 20-second answers,” said Pruthi. “'Get me what I need to know now.'”
Context: The Jacksonville Business Journal was working on a story about app developers and reached out to Mayo because of the first-aid Alexa skill developed by Mayo Clinic.
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