Everything around us is mobile starting from ordering food to booking air tickets. It is only genuine that even healthcare to have its own application. When you are working with healthcare mobile app development, as it is a crucial task you will have to do a lot of research even before you can start planning the mobile app development for healthcare.
A healthcare app is everything that you would want your mother to do for you, an app that will take care of you. There are many types of healthcare mobile app development options, for different areas of specialization. At first, you will have to know about the whats and whys.
Recently one of our customers asked us to make a healthcare app he was a bit puzzled with what to include and what to leave behind. We at Vyrazu Labs on starting the development of the app after we did hand-in-hand research with him so that his confusions were over and the task could take off. Enough chit-chatting. Now, before we can go off to the main subject of healthcare mobile app development let us look at a few utilities of this kind of apps.
If you go through a healthcare mobile app development at first you will have to know what are the utilities of this app. I presume that you already know what a healthcare app is, it is used for numerous tasks. Now a healthcare app can also be a gym app that helps you to maintain your weight and health at the same. On the other hand, a healthcare mobile app development is something which will be used for certain reasons that will help your customers to directly take care of their health if they get sick or need medical assistance they will be able to do it by using your app.
When you develop a healthcare mobile app you can integrate anything that you want while I can give you some examples of its utility. A healthcare medical app provides your customers with daily nutrition charts and exercises to keep both the body and the mind healthy.
On the other hand it is responsible for other tasks like it makes the conversation between the doctor and the patients easy, for calling the doctor’s clinic or the doctor in times of emergencies, your customers can book an online appoint after checking the feedback, the reviews and ratings by looking into their qualification (hence there should be different profiles for doctors), and your customers can also get the directions to reach the doctor’s clinic using your app.
The other utilities like providing lab reports and maintaining and analyzing (online) your customer’s reports so that they can use it anytime they want. You can also make your app compatible with syncing other apps this will help your customers to access the pharmacy app right from where they are. There are few healthcare apps which have gained a lot of fame, apps like 3D Human Anatomy Atlas, 1up Health, Asthma sense, ACT.md, Cancer.NET
In a survey conducted in the USA, the results have shown that almost a quarter of adults use one or sometimes more than one healthcare apps to take care of them and their family. It has also been noted that a third of physicians have recommended an app to their patients. It is quite evident that when a task can be done from home why to stand in long queues for doing the same. Most probably in the next few years, these statistics will go up and make space for easy healthcare.
In 2019 an average of 47,878 iOS healthcare apps is present in the market, according to statista. This creative outburst of technology brought about growth in the healthcare industry. The hospitals and other fields where doctors dwell started to rely on healthcare mobile app development so that they can provide their patients with improved healthcare solutions for collecting and sharing medical details.
However, all the apps do not gain the amount of fame they desire as they fail to interest their customers with an incompetent user interface and functionality and poor user experience. So, you must keep in mind certain points before you the healthcare mobile app development. So, your audience can not complain about the usage of the app.
The type of healthcare app depends on its utility. There can not be just one app that does all the work, hence there have different types of apps that have to work for maintaining your health. There are many apps, like healthcare and fitness app which is responsible for providing information on the exercise you can do regularly to stay fit there are nutrition apps as well which helps in setting the diet chart for its customers.
There are numerous other apps like women’s healthcare app only for women to make appoints and solve gyne related problems, medication management app helps you remember your medication so you can take it on time, children healthcare apps are only for child-specialists and problems related to children’s health, personal health records app for keeping checks and balance on your health without anyone else’s involvement, and emergency and urgent care app which will guide you accordingly in case of emergencies or urgent needs.
Apart from this, I have made a list of the primarily used medical apps. The ones I mentioned are just subdivisions of these points.
When you are on to mobile app development for healthcare it is important for you to understand what are the features that you can add in such an app. Let me first tell you what is the functionality of these features. The features that you can add in a healthcare mobile app development is directly proportional to the function you want your app to do. As we have already spoken about the different types of apps this will help you to locate which app will use what features.
The healthcare mobile apps development that you will execute will have to provide certain things such as:
For performing the functions mentioned above there are certain features that have to be integrated into the healthcare mobile app development. All the features that are mentioned below can not be integrated into one particular type of healthcare mobile app development, whereas you will get a hint of which one can be integrated with which type of app. These are very complicated features and are very expensive.
These are the features that you can add in a healthcare mobile app development. Nevertheless, you can also consider adding other features that you feel fit to integrate into your mobile app development for healthcare. However, you will have to remember certain important points such as integrating a CMS in the development process so that it can maintain and manage all the content that is being produced in the app.
If you already have an existing website you have to introduce custom APIs for that website to pair with the app, this will help in exchanging data between the two fields. You will have to think about the design as well which has to be a clean user interface design so that it does not impact the mood of the users and they leave the app. The design has to be professional, unique along with some custom content and a page layout that sticks with the user.
Note– for making an EMR system in your healthcare mobile app development you must follow certain guidelines that will allow you to run the app without any problems. *if you are not interested to equip this feature in your healthcare mobile app development you can skip this paragraph.
The steps that you will have to follow before you integrate an EMR/EHR system.
For making your healthcare mobile app development a successful venture you have sought out your target audience as well as what are their needs and what they focus on for implementing the essential features in your healthcare mobile app development. If your app is a patient-based healthcare app the development should always target the end-users, their requirements and always should concentrate on delivering the amazing user experience.
If you have the plan ready and you have already selected your target audience the next thing that you will have to focus on is the market survey. The market survey will provide you with the necessary details that you will have to keep in mind while selecting the features. The next thing that you have to focus on is the UI/UX of the healthcare mobile app development. As it is very important to look after users’ experience you must not add bright colors in your healthcare mobile app development it will only cause loss of users.
For better security, the app should ensure the protection of the data being shared in the app. The users and medical associates are sharing their delicate date on the app they would of course not want it to go wandering around the internet. Hence, encryption is very important. The encryption should take place in all the stages of data collection.
This data will be protected by a secret code that will only allow certain personnel to open this data who has access to this information or a passkey. An encrypted data is known as ciphertext and a decrypted text is known as plain text. As data encryption is being used in abundance the outdated data encryption standard (DES) is being replaced with the modern encryption algorithms.
The development and the cost of a healthcare app depend on the features that you choose and ask you to integrate into the app. The ultimate cost reduction will go under just in this process. As the design is quite simple and sorted that will not consume much cash in the case of mobile app development for healthcare.
The first thing that is considered in the development process is the features that you add. It is evident that if you develop a complex app you will have to pay a lot of bucks. Depending on the features that you add will directly be proportional to the cost of building the app. You can start by integrating the simple features initially then looking at the app’s performance go up the ladder and add other advanced features that will help your users.
The second factor for cost is the time taken in development. More the features you add more time it will take. On average a healthcare mobile app development takes 30-45 days and if you are developing it for both the operating systems then it will take 20 days for the development of the app. Some companies like us, take the payment according to the time that is being consumed later comes the features part.
Thirdly, the platform that you choose will be a factor that will determine the cost of the development of the app. You can go for both the platforms or choose anyone depending on your target audience and what device they use. It will cost you at least $20,000 to $60,000 in the development process, coming from the previous experience we have. You might have completely other requirements and your cost can look completely different from this one.
The healthcare mobile app that you develop will have to be absolutely amazing with certain unique features that all the other apps do not provide. Most essentially it should ethically and medically analyze the performance of both the user and the app. There are few regulations established and enforced by the law that will secure the sensitive health details of your users and making a secure app will also help in preventing data breaches.
I hope this article was useful and it helped you to understand the basic needs and necessities for healthcare mobile app development. If you are planning to make such an app reach out to us, we are a leading software development and design company that will be able to meet any requirements that you have regarding information technology.
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