Healthcare application development is something that can really boost the experience of patients and doctors in the industry. Just imagine the unlimited possibilities!
Still have doubts? The digital healthcare market in 2019 was estimated to be 106 billion USD! It is expected that this number will increase 6 times by 2026. It’s time you created your own software.
The very first thing that should be done is to set a goal. What will your application solve?
In healthcare, the most needed options would be:
If you think that you’ve got a unique idea that has a chance to grab a portion of the market, then go for it. You never know which choice is going to be successful.
There are several features that simply must be available in any healthcare software for the best user experience. We shall cover some of them.
Do you know what keeps users engaged in one app when there are different options on the market? Design is one of the most game-changing factors.
It is necessary that people easily navigate within the software and have no issues with understanding the meaning of different buttons and features. Combine these with great ideas and success is guaranteed.
Having a user profile simplifies communication between doctors and patients, makes saving medicine and other data easy, and also helps create a personalized dashboard. There are different ways to implement a user profile. However, precise usage depends on the type of software you decide to develop.
As someone who plans to work in the healthcare market, you must be aware of different wearable devices that can track the pulse rate, eaten food, glucose level, and other information. Implement these in your application, so the patient can see this information and share it with a doctor.
Additionally, you could make it possible to view test results, doctor prescriptions, and other related data in one place. Try being the patient for one day and add everything that you might need.
Everyone knows how hard it is to book an appointment with a doctor through a phone call or reception. You get the dates mixed up, spend a lot of time trying to plan your time, and it is generally very inconvenient. An application makes things easier.
It is possible to implement a calendar and reminder system to add some more convenience to the software. Season it with a simple interface and the app will be a success.
Healthcare applications can also be used to pay for medicine or services. Mostly, bank cards are used for this, so there should be no trouble implementing a payment provider for any country. The only thing is that you should make sure is that the best security measures are used.
The doctor’s side needs to save files on computers and mobile devices for offline access or other reasons. Also, it would be possible to store test results online and attach them to reports, patients, cases.
Even if your app is not specified for telemedicine, having a built-in chat feature would be beneficial in every way. Patients could discuss their tests with doctors, doctors could inform colleagues about important details regarding patients, etc. Also, do not forget about the support feature.
Telemedicine requires the usage of a camera so that the doctor can examine the patient remotely. Therefore, video calls are another necessary feature for a healthcare application.
Of course, whether this feature is required or not depends on the type of software you decide to create, so think everything over several times.
Apart from regular registration via phone number or email, you can add a possibility to do this through Facebook or Google. However, this must not be an obligatory option because healthcare also means enhanced privacy. People would not want their medical information to be leaked on social media.’
Finally, think about implementing an advanced push-notification system. Use it to remind users about appointments, medicine intake, changes, and other important information. Maybe, you could also send Covid-19 updates for your users to stay safe.
Healthcare app development is usually very expensive.
The prices mostly vary based on the following things:
If you decide to create a native app for all platforms, expect the healthcare application development costs to grow significantly. However, efficiency will be increased. Nevertheless, web applications are the best choice for shoestring budgets, although they are not that efficient.
Speaking of the approximate costs, the price may range starting from $20,000 to $250,000+ depending on the complexity of the project. If we do not take the actual development process into account, the most expensive parts become UX/UI design and project management.
Just like with the costs, it is hard to tell how long the development process takes. We can only give rough estimates that might significantly differ from reality.
Generally, healthcare application development takes:
Before starting the development process, it is crucial that you get someone to analyze the market and create a strategy. Without this, it is unlikely that your software will reach any success.
Apart from determining the features your healthcare app will have, it is also required that you get a broader look at all the things and follow several steps that will be described below.
There also are many other steps that must be followed. Nevertheless, these three points are the very basics for any case. If you need to add anything, it will be possible to do it on the spot.
For your convenience, we have prepared a list of 7 steps of the development of a successful healthcare application. Follow these and you’ll definitely conquer the market.
Any software must solve a specific problem. This makes it valuable and needed. Think of something that still does not exist or what could be improved and make life better for people working within the healthcare industry.
Now that you know the problem, learn more about your target audience and the market in general. If you skip this step, your chance for success will fall to 5%.
Remember these things: user-friendliness, responsiveness, adaptability, and simplicity. Use these and your software will provide the best user experience.
A mock-up version of the software will help you determine whether you are going the right way. Healthcare application development is a hard thing, so it is better if everything is done properly from the very beginning.
This step is relative to both the prototype and final version of the product. Your quality assurance team must test the software in every possible way to ensure it is usable, bug-free, and works as intended.
After the final product is fully usable, think of all the promotion channels you could use. We recommend advertising your app in social media, with bloggers, contextual ads, and using any other option recommended by your analyst and marketer.
Generally, the software is monetized with subscription plans, paid access, and built-in advertisements. Find an optimal solution for your application to keep the balance of income and users.
Now that you know everything about developing a healthcare application, why don’t you proceed to the creation of your own software? Contact the Global Cloud Team now to conquer the market!