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Key points to keep in mind for successful App Development in Healthcare business

We are specialized in healthcare app development. We have successfully developed an EMR system and Docktalk application for the healthcare sector. Dock talk is an application that is used by users since 2003. DocTalk captures and communicates patient information, Hospital Census, and Dialysis details between physicians and administration efficiently using a Smartphone or a secure Web Portal. A provider can also complete patient sign-out and follow-up information for physician-to-physician communication.

If you are planning for a healthcare application first you need to know about what is happening in the healthcare industry. The year 2020 was a disaster as we all know the global pandemic COVID-19 started. This disaster has definitely changed our lifestyle and the way we live. This disaster has also opened many doors for healthcare applications.

According to statistics while 66 out of 100 largest hospitals have a healthcare application we are sad to know that only 2% of these applications are actually used by users. So this means that healthcare applications are not able to fulfill the desires of the users. So here are a few key points to keep in mind for successful app development in healthcare applications:

Decide the ideation behind your application and the audience of that ideation

The healthcare industry is a very vast industry and has many different business aspects. As we look at the present scenario of healthcare applications all the applications will gravitate toward three types of audiences: administration, patients, and healthcare physicians. This helps in clearing out your mind about the audiences of the application.

Healthcare applications are not just developed for users and physicians. Healthcare applications are also developed for administrative use also.

  • Examples of applications for administrative use:
  1. Doctors/ nurse marketplace
  2. Inventory management
  3. EHR system
  4. EMR system
  5. Billing
  6. Practice management application
  • Examples of application for patients:
  1. Mental health
  2. Telehealth
  3. Fitness and wellness application
  4. Application to monitor patients’ health through wearable devices
  5. Appointment scheduling and reminders
  6. Habit tracking
  7. Self-diagnostics
  8. Data management system to store all the reports of patients
  9. Women’s Health
  10. Social networking
  • Examples of applications for healthcare physicians:
    1. Monitoring of patient’s health remotely
    2. Telemedicine
    3. Diagnosis
    4. EHR system
    5. Medicine reference
    6. Hospital management
    7. Clinical management
    8. Appointment management

These were some examples of ideation that will gravitate behind the three types of audiences.

Define the functionalities of your application

After you are backed with your ideation and decide what type of audience your application is going to serve now is the time of defining the functionality of your application. There are 53,054 healthcare applications available on Android applications. This number is huge now you need to examine this application and define your functionalities.

Defining the functionalities of your application will help you clear out your motto behind the application development and it will define in what ways your application will serve the end-users. Here are some of the examples of functionalities of a basic healthcare application:

  1. Reporting and charting functionalities
  2. Payment portal
  3. EHR system
  4. Doctor profiles and location
  5. User portal
  6. Patients profile
  7. Patients medical history
  8. Realtime chat/video
  9. Appointment scheduling
  10. Tracking patients’ health
  11. Syncing of patients’ health with wearable devices

Do your compliance and privacy research

Privacy is of the utmost for healthcare applications. Unlike all the applications healthcare applications have gone through many compliance complications because the users’ lives are involved in these applications. You have to obtain a certificate from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that ensures the privacy protection of patients.

After your certification is finalized you need to take care of some of the extra steps to make your application more secure. These steps are elaborated as follows:

  1. Decide the pros and cons between IOS and Android platforms.
  2. Add user’s authentication features like login ID and password.
  3. Certain the accessibility of privacy and policy.
  4. Provide end-to-end encryption of data for users.
  5. Maintain updates to avoid network infections that will lead to data leakages.
  6. Cloud scalability and analysis.

Define the platform of your application

Every healthcare application should be developed by keeping in mind the platform of the application. There are 4 types of platforms to choose from mobile, tablets, desktop, and wearable devices. By clearing out this question you can define what technology you will develop your application.

Mobile and tablet devices will provide quick and instant accessibility to users. For deep analysis of applications d4esktop versions are suitable. Functionalities like sports mode, tracking of the health of users, and sleep monitoring, these functionalities will require a wearable device platform.

Make your UI/UX design accessible

Effective user interface and user experience play a very vital role in healthcare applications. The healthcare applications should be developed by keeping in mind the UI and UX of the application will help you get more downloads and make your application more popular. Here are some of the points which you can keep in mind for the UI and UX of the application.

  1. Focus on the consistency of your application.
  2. Mapping out the user’s pathway
  3. Spend some time imagining the pain points of users and making your application according to that pain point.
  4. Minimize the number of interaction points for patient use.
  5. Delivery of important notifications and information early in the user journey.
  6. Get complete information about the health of the patient.
  7. Maintain simple, basic, and uncomplicated graphic design.

Remember great UI/UX design is not only important for applications. UI/UX designs are also important for helping patients monitor their health daily.

Finding the best company for healthcare development

You have given all your efforts from ideation to UI/UX design. Now you need an expert company to develop your application. Choosing the right company for app development will play an important role in your application journey.

Certainly, the right skills and the latest technology are essential elements for healthcare applications. An experienced team of developers can improve the usability and credibility of your application. Choosing the right company plays a very important role in the success journey of your application. There are companies that can truly make your healthcare application successful. So make sure you ask the right questions for your application development. Here is a list of some good questions you can ask companies:

  1. Have you built an application with HIPPA compliance?
  2. Do you know how to build apps that integrate with existing EMR/EHR systems?
  3. Have you built an app that uses an Apple health kit?
  4. Why is it important to develop a healthcare application for you and your team?

Conclusion

These were all the important points to keep in mind for the application development of healthcare applications. These all points are the main elements of the process. These questions will help you clear out your mind about your healthcare application development. Healthcare applications are in trend because of the global pandemic going on. It is the right time for healthcare applications to launch. Healthcare applications are mainly developed with the ideation of saving lives and for quick diagnosis of patients.

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