The advancement in mobile technologies is revolutionizing the way care is delivered to patients. With the ever-rising number of smartphone users and increasing computing power, many start-ups are now on a mission to democratize healthcare. Stories of algorithms helping doctors predict conditions in a patient undetected by traditional methods are coming out very often. AI-powered therapeutic and investigative devices are assisting physicians in working more effectively. Telemedicine is on the rise. I could write many more examples, but the point I wanted to make is clear: the value technology can offer in healthcare is unprecedented, and the domain is booming. The current pandemic has underlined the importance of maturing the solutions in healthcare quickly. Digital healthcare is experiencing even more investments and innovation efforts in the current year.
The message of the industry or more importantly voice of customers is loud and clear. If you have a medical device in the market, you need to make it digitally smart before becoming obsolete. If you are thinking of a new product, make sure you build a digitally smart one. If you have mobile health app in mind, it's time to start working on it. Remember, this journey to digital smartness needs to be carefully planned and executed. A delightful and seamless digital experience is a critical part of the product, which must be crafted with care to tap its success potential. Here are 7 things you should take care of while you design a Medical Mobile App.
What is the use of a masterpiece which nobody wants to use? You must have mastered the clinical efficacy of your product to the desired degree, but is it sufficient to compel users to use it? For the success of the product, it is essential to think of an end-to-end user experience. The following critical aspects will help you start thinking in the right direction, that we recommend working with experts:
The connectivity of medical devices with its smartphone app is critical to its performance. (Even device-to-device, device-to-cloud connectivity are crucial.) The smooth, secure, zero-latency connectivity from start to end enhances the user experience, but there are few practical challenges to overcome to perfect the solution. WiFi, Bluetooth, Cellular Connectivity, RF, NFC, USB, etc. are some of the possible protocols to choose from. The choice of the connectivity technology depends on various aspects, a few of which are listed below. While taking the actual decision of connectivity technology to employ for a device, more careful thought needs to be given.
A hardware partner has a critical role to play. This choice is going to impact the journey and success of your product to a substantial extent. Following are the few considerations to be made while making this decision. Hopefully, it will stress the importance of having a competent hardware partner.
The privacy and security of the end-user must be the utmost priority. Any Mobile Medical App comes under the ambit of a stringent regulation like HIPAA. Any lapse in security of the same may land you up in big legal trouble. Hence it is crucial to make sure that the Mobile Medical App has a HIPAA compliant architecture. The development of the app should also be done with Secured Development practices. Some essential security measures to be taken include,
There are many other details to be covered, and we recommend taking the services of a competent professional.
Build apps that can be integrated into the healthcare ecosystem. Also, it is not necessary to reinvent the wheel every time. Some capacities of your Mobile Medical App can be achieved through intelligent integrations with other platforms for a different use, for example.
A mobile Medical App can be enriched with many further possibilities. Some popular and impactful trends are
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All the aspects mentioned above call for an able Digital Product Engineering partner to get your product developed in the proper manner. You need to verify if your development partner comes with the ability and credentials to craft your app, considering all these crucial aspects.
Ensure your medical devices and applications meet patient expectations and comply with regulations.
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