There is a recorded boom in mobile based healthcare technology. People have begun to take mobile health apps seriously. A report from Allied Market Research shows that between 2015 and 2020, the global mobile health market is expected to receive an incredible compound annual growth of 33.5%.
This growth would be triggered by the wide adoption of mobile phones, increasing chronic conditions and the requirements of spreading health awareness among the population of patients.
The mobile healthcare sector is expanding in all dimensions and generating a lot of opportunities. But before you jump in this sector by launching your own healthcare app development project, here are 3 things you must know:
Make a creative, handier, and unique UI/UX.
The UI and UX are initial windows for users to peek at your offerings. They should show up wide and invite. A healthcare app with clear UI/UX will appeal patients encouragingly entering their medical records. The key is to keep the design as seamless as possible. For example, if the app is patient-centric, design the UI/UX with keeping patients in mind.
Consider why healthcare apps are used. In most cases, users are vulnerable and seeking solutions to their health issues. Here, the most important thing to remember is that the app should not have anything that appears negative to patients. And it’s not just the design but the color-combinations, fonts, texts etc also need to be given proper attention.
Design the UI/UX to be such friendly that persuades users to input their personal health data.
Also see: Why Need To Develop A Mobile App For Your Hospital?
Healthcare data is sensitive. Keep it secured and private.
Because healthcare data is sensitive, the app should provide it the best security and privacy possible. Apart from this, healthcare apps need to pass a lot of barriers thus they should be designed to abide by all of them. In US healthcare market, for example, an app storing/ exchanging data in any form must comply with the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA). In Europe healthcare market, an app storing / exchanging data must comply with vigilance of EU data protection laws, such as, Data Protection Directive 1995/46/EC (Section 2.1) and the e-Privacy Directive 2002/58/EC (Section 2.2). There are the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA) in Canada for how businesses can administrate the person data of people.
Testing healthcare applications.
Testing is the most important step in building any sort of app. But, it’s far more critical to perform rigorous testing procedures when it comes to healthcare app development. Think of an emergency situation in which a healthcare app is required to function but it fails to deliver results. For example, an app storing sensitive data related to a patient’s medical history must process and store it accurately and, this data should be accessible whenever doctors want to access it in case of emergency. Failure to do so could be fatal.