Checklist for Mobile healthcare app development

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The technology has evolved drastically over the last decade and influenced almost every sector. Along with technology, Healthcare industry is booming. One term is gaining popularity in the healthcare industry – “mHealth”. Mobile health is a term used for the practice of medicine and public health, supported by mobile devices. Globally more and more people are using mHealth apps. That is why mobile healthcare is among the fastest growing categories in app market today.


Mobile health apps can be broken down into two major categories: wellness & medical. Wellness apps are typically used by patients, while medical apps are designed to be used by physicians. Nowadays people are getting more aware of their health. Top 10 most useful apps are given as under which comes with amazing features:  Fooducate, Lifesum, My fitness pal, My plate calorie tracker, Yoga studio, Calm,  Sleep cycle, Charity miles, Strava and Happify.

According to Statista, the number of mHealth apps downloaded worldwide was expected to reach high with an estimation of 3.2 billion downloads. The mobile health industry is expected to continue to grow in coming years and is predicted to reach a total market size of almost 60 billion dollars by 2020.

According to GreatCall, the current scenario of mHealth (Mobile Health) apps is given as under:


 Smartphone users gather health-related information from their phones.


 People have downloaded mHealth apps.


 Male across the world use mobile health apps.


 Physicians believe that mobile health apps can improve patient’s health.


 Mobile health apps are available for users.


Woah! Tempting statistics right? Now before you decide to launch healthcare app first identify the need for your app idea in the industry. Because of lack of research, there might be a slight chance that your application will go unnoticed. If you want an instant hit of your application then have a combination of great design, the right strategy, and specific execution.

Here are some factors that you need to consider before you start developing your own healthcare application:

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1 Know your target audience

Many hospitals have started designing mHealth apps but they have failed to develop an application as per patients’ requirements. If your mobile app will ignore the need of patients then you will not be able to compete against your competitors. If you don’t want to repeat the same mistake then get answers of following questions before you start designing application:

- Who will use your application?

- Is the healthcare app physician-centric or patient-centric?

- What is their need?

- What are the expectations of users?

- Know what public wants then decide your target audience accordingly.

2 User-friendly UI/UX

In order to create innovative healthcare apps, you need to understand the value of UI/UX that will affect the overall appearance of your app. Make sure that your application design is as simple as possible. While designing an app consider color schemes, text, fonts, alert sounds which will make your application more engaging. Let your imagination create an effective design for better user experience.

Developers should put more efforts on the UI/UX design as patients/physicians are going to visit the app multiple times a day. Your healthcare app should have positive look and feel. Keep modifying app design as per users’ requirements. If your app is patient-centric then design accordingly. If your healthcare app is designed for doctors as well patients then make sure the process flow of app is seamless for better experience. Also, give maximum features in your application. For example, if you feel that an app can work better if the doctor accesses the patient via the front camera of the phone then allow your app to have such integration.

3 Reliability & Accuracy

Now with smartphones - smart healthcare is also possible due to healthcare apps. Your application must contain simple and user-friendly features so that patients can track their data on their own. There are various advanced features you can provide. For example, your health app should be able to monitor patient’s health patterns and automatically detect diseases symptoms. You can also provide an option to download, share or print medical records. Make sure that your mobile healthcare solution is reliable and accurate. You can also take feedback from users to make improvements in your application.

4 System Configuration

The healthcare application requires a minimum system configuration. Support must be provided with less complicated hardware and application must run on all common devices. The design must be user-friendly for both patients as well as doctors.

5 Integration with emergency services

To add value to your app, you can hardwire emergency services. Your healthcare mobile app will become more effective by integrating emergency services like ICU on wheels and ambulances on call. Moreover, you can provide home delivery of medication facilities to customers.

6 Test

An important step in developing a healthcare mobile app is testing. Once you have finished designing, you must run a demo before releasing it in front of millions of users. If you find any flaws or mistakes, correct those errors before correcting it. It is a very important step as your application deal with sensitive patient records and information. You can go with manual testing or you can also use test automation tools. Test your healthcare app on different mobile platforms. Check functional capabilities of your app too. In case of poor connectivity – check how your app performs and make corrections if needed. Even a single bug can ruin user’s experience, therefore run your app by private and security experts.

7  Security

Security is very critical for any healthcare app. In healthcare application, people feed vulnerable records of themselves. Therefore security is a priority. Each patient’s or user’s information should be kept protected. While developing a healthcare app, you must follow standards of “DISHA – Digital Information Security In Healthcare” and other concerned encryption laws. Security of healthcare app is important due to threats of malware and ransomware too.

As a developer, you must include the privacy policy in your healthcare app. Consumers expect direct access to privacy policies so that they can review policies before downloading an app. Basically, privacy policy explains what information is being collected and how information will be used. You can hire experts to make sure that your app is safe and secure. Even Apple has a huge list of review guidelines for healthcare apps.

These are some basic factors that everyone must consider while developing a healthcare application. In the end, the need for healthcare app, features and user experience will decide the success of your app.

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Gaurav Patel

Gaurav Patel is Founder of thirstyDevs InfoTech
thirstyDevs InfoTech is a Web solutions company offering innovative web solutions. Our company focuses on providing the best web solution for our customers.

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