Things You Should Know About Medical Apps Design

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It is hard to mention a sphere of our lives that has not been penetrated by digital technologies. Frankly, the benefits they bring to our lives are incredible. Health and wellbeing are some of the most important aspects of our lives; we have to pay great attention to and take care of our bodies to ensure we remain in prime shape. Today, there are so many healthcare or medical apps in the market designed to make it easier for us to monitor the state of our health as well as make the work of medical professionals easier.

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The global mobile health market is growing at a massive rate due to better coverage of mobile cellular networks, improving availability of patient education technology, and increasing chronic conditions. If you are planning to get a medical app designed, there are a few things you need to know before getting to business:

  1.     Types of Healthcare Mobile Apps

There are different kinds of medical apps, each with peculiar functionality, integration, and level of security for data. Generally, a medical or mobile health app can be for health professionals and medical facilities or consumers. The types include:

  Fitness apps

Home workout apps have been available for several years but they became increasingly popular in the last year due to the pandemic. They offer different training programs to help users remain healthy and fit. These apps need to:

  •         Have quick and effective workouts
  •         Be easy to navigate
  •         Provide customized plans for setting and achieving workout plans

Among other things.

Note: the level of data security needed here is perhaps the least because it usually does not require sensitive information.

  Diet and Nutrition Apps

Mobile apps have come in very handy in treating or preventing issues of overweight or obesity. The apps provide diet recommendations, diverse recipes and descriptions of food, a diary, a calorie counter, and a progress chart. The key parts of these apps are:

  •         Diverse recipes database
  •         Shopping list
  •         Nutrient tracker
  •         Customizable dashboard to allow each user to include what’s important to him or her
  •         Barcode scanner to aid the purchase of healthy food in stores

   Disease Control and Monitoring Apps

These are part of the most popular medical apps today. They cover different categories of patients e.g. Covid-19, diabetes, asthma, and cardiovascular patients. You can add the following to the app:

  •         Manual entry of details to allow users to enter key info
  •         Smartphone video recording to aid proper description of the situation
  •         Medication list and schedule
  •         Self-management tools
  •         Real-time feedback and chat
  •         Notification and reminders

 Lifestyle Apps

These are apps are designed to enhance general wellbeing by giving tips on workouts, courses, etc. you may want to add the following features if you are designing one of these:

  •         Social integration
  •         Meditation sessions
  •         Goal setting
  •         Progress tracking
  •         Daily advice
  •         Reminder and push notifications

 Other types of medical apps are:

  •   Social networking and health forum apps
  •   Pregnancy apps
  •   Patient-doctor communication apps
  •   Risk assessment apps
  •   Telepharmacy or drug dispensing apps
  1.     Privacy and Security Concern

Healthcare data is very sensitive: the safety and privacy of users are directly at stake. Therefore, the regulations are quite strict for any medical app that stores or exchanges sensitive patient data in any format. For the US market, you must meet the regulations of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA). EU data protection laws cover the EU market while PIPEDA covers the Canadian market.

A privacy policy that clearly states the information being collected and the usage must be included in any medical app. In fact, app stores won’t pass your app without complying with standard regulations surrounding patient privacy.

  1.     UI/UX Considerations

Medical apps are used every day or even every few hours by many users hence it is important to keep the interface simple and clean for both patients and healthcare professionals. Extra effort is required in designing the UI/UX of medical apps because of the higher frequency and amount of data.

  1.     The cost

The cost of designing a medical app depends on the complexity. When looking for the best designs for medical apps, it is important that one put the following features into consideration as they are the key determinants of the eventual cost:

  •         The level of pre-development work required: this includes competition analysis and the identification of the features you want to implement.
  •         Platforms: the platforms to target include Android, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, etc. The higher the number of platforms the higher the cost.
  •         Technology: the technology required for the features is also a key player in the price. For instance, apps that require barcode screening, AI, etc. are more expensive to design.
  •         The complexity of app design
  •         Finally, the vendor working on the design for you

Conclusion

The medical apps market is a fast-growing one; it makes the work of both medical professionals and patients easier. Though these apps have fundamental similarities with other apps, they also differ in key ways. The things you should know about medical app designs are discussed above. 

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