Healthcare Mobile App Development: Trends, Steps, and Considerations

Robby Gupta

In the world of technology, everything is growing at a faster rate, be it population or jobs or education level or ease of availability of things.

People get everything on their mobiles, tablets, and laptops. They don’t even have to visit stores to buy stuff, everything is available to them at the tap of a thumb. They do not have to search for homes, automobiles, and other things because everything is available online.

Similarly, in the case of the healthcare industry, healthcare mobile app development is trending these days. This is because earlier, just 30% of doctors used mobile apps, which has now grown to nearly 85%. There are 97000+ apps listed on various apps stores and more than 3 million downloads have been done.

People these days are very much concerned about health and fitness but do not get time to work on the same. In order to keep a check on their health and fitness level, they download various apps which provide them with all the information.

Developing such apps is also a tedious task and requires a lot of effort from the development team.

First, they need to figure out what the app will do, what the target segment will be, how it beneficial it will be for the public, in which environment it will work, whether there is a need to develop the app or not, and factor in several other considerations.

Some of the most crucial and important aspects which need to be considered while developing healthcare mobile applications are mentioned here:

1. Target hardware and platform

Most of the apps work well on smartphones, some work well on tablets and some on computers. So before developing any application, first we need to be sure about the best platform for the app. If it’s just to call a doctor, then smartphones are the best fit. If it’s information about some disease and its treatment are to be given through an app, then tablets and laptops are the best options.

2. User interface

The first thing that a person sees when he/she opens an app is the interface. If the person finds it interesting and easy to use, then he/she moves further to other screens. So, it is important that the user interface is good enough to pull the public. It should be easy to use for the patients as well as for the doctors.

Patients enquire about a lot of information about various illness, diseases, appointments, doctors, treatments, and many more. The more information they get, the more satisfied they are with the app. Easily available information is always welcomed by everyone.

3. Interoperability among people

The app developers should make sure that the application is used by all the concerned healthcare partners, say, patients, nurses, doctors, hospital authorities.

Proper connectivity with the clinical systems and hospitals need to be maintained in order to avoid any inconsistency. The app needs to be compatible with all the devices.

4. Development in iterations

Nowadays, continuously updating apps is in trend. App developers should follow an iterative approach. They can keep on adding new features one by one, and then test and deliver it to the clients.

In this way, the users will get new things to view at regular intervals and this will keep them engaged with the app. Also, the developers will come to know of the bugs and issues coming up for the users, work on it, fix them, and provide a bug-free version to the users in the next update.

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5. Completely secure apps

Security is one of the key factors which users expect in an official application so that they can trust the application and access the data confidently. The data provided by the users should have end-to-end encryption and should be protected from any kind of fraudulent transactions.

Data security encourages people to feed their important and genuine data in the app server. The developers can then use that data to help users fulfill their specific needs like providing guidance related to relevant doctors, hospitals, and can be prescribed relevant medications.

6. Minimum Viable Product

This is the minimum viable product for the production setting. The company should invest money to make this product as perfect as possible and deliver efficiently.

The users can give feedback and the developers can then do the changes and additions accordingly. This will enhance app development and will focus more on customer needs. The MVP will give the users an idea of how the product is and what enhancements can be done.

7. Device security is important

Many devices get affected by viruses once any new application is installed. The app developers need to make sure that their application does not hinder the security of the user’s device and that all the functions work normally. The application should be independent enough to be compatible with the device settings.

8. Test what you develop

One of the most important steps in healthcare mobile app development is to test the application before rolling it out to all the users. It should be tested whether the app is compatible with Windows, Android, iOS environments or not.

Ensure that it is working properly even with poor connectivity and what issues will occur if the app breaks down. Developers must check that the data stored remains confidential and secure and proper authentication must be done.

If some location access is needed then the app must be able to determine how precise and accurate is it and how easily available and accessible it is. If all these things are not taken care of in a healthcare app, then it can have serious repercussions.

Bottomline

Once all of these aspects are taken care of, the entire application will fall into the right place and in the right hands. In today’s world, there are thousands of applications developed each day, some go successful and some fail. Even the successful ones fade with time, but healthcare apps are gaining wide acceptance with time.

People are realizing the importance of health and fitness with time and they need more and more options to keep themselves safe and secure and most importantly- healthy. Healthcare mobile applications are a boon to the society and will continue to grow along with the growing technology. At TechJini, we are working closely with healthcare providers to create seamless apps which can drive a positive patient experience. Feel free to get in touch with us to learn more about our approach.

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about the author

Robby Gupta

Robby Gupta is the head of US operations for TechJini, Inc. He has had varied experiences working in New York, Cupertino, and Bangalore with packaged & amp; custom web and mobile app development for an assortment of industries. His current focus is Immersive Technologies, IoT, AI bots and their applications in the digital enterprise.