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5 Challenges met when developing a healthcare app

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Recently, mobile applications have covered almost every sphere of human life. Therefore, it doesn’t sound surprising to mention the changes brought out by the healthcare apps’ growing industry. 

Thanks to these phenomenal software applications, people no longer have to wait in long queues at the hospital’s dull halls to enter the doctor’s chamber. They do not need to enter into the arena of stinky “hospital smell” or face severely ailing patients to get themselves treated. 

Now, everything lies in their hands; a tap on the screen can provide them with an interactive session with their doctor. The doctor’s prescription is also available in digital format. 

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How can healthcare applications be developed?

Healthcare apps are a part of the mHealth programs that aim at using technology in the medical industry. It includes telemedicine, lab test reviews, doctor’s appointment, digital prescription, and many more tools. These apps’ primary intention is to help users manage their fitness levels, medical conditions, and hospital visits. 

However, before one sits down on the desk and check this article on how to develop a healthcare app, they must think thoroughly about the following points:

The entrepreneur must choose his group of the target audience and develop the app accordingly.

The app must aim to address the “real-life” problems faced by the patients regularly.  

A responsive and straightforward app design that meets its target audience’s maximum needs is considered the best in the market. 

The app must have big tabs and buttons to help the users move their fingers quickly on the screen. 

A safe and encrypted database is the primary requirement of any healthcare application. 

Instead of focusing on developing the best possible app, one should create a Minimum Viable Product(MVP). They can be constructed within minimal time and take comparatively less effort. 

What are the challenges faced by developers while creating healthcare apps?

Developing a healthcare app might sound fun, but it is not that easy. App programmers work a lot to create healthcare apps. Despite these efforts, some applications turn out to be inefficient. The secret of creating a perfect healthcare application is to address the issues appropriately. 

Some common challenges faced by the developers and their solutions are given below:

  1. Data confidentiality

Data confidentiality is an ethical issue. All apps available over the web contain data about the users. Simultaneously, since data is shared via wireless networks, almost all apps are prone to cyber-attacks. 

However, the data present in healthcare applications are more vital and sensitive. They include health readings and diagnosis and information about the medical conditions of an individual.

Solutions

To prevent data breaching, the medical app developers should introduce firewalls and enable data encryption. A BYOD( Bring Your Own Device) framework also supports the cause. One should always develop an EHR and mHealth system that agrees with HIPAA and GDPR guidelines. 

Experts also suggest the use of breach-proof mobile storage systems combined with retrieval systems to enhance security. The developer must also make sure that the app removes unnecessary data. Fewer data storage in the client’s app ensures more safety.

  1. Complex Infrastructure and Implementation

The generation of 5G technology has indeed arrived on our planet. However, it is still challenging to implement healthcare applications, given the tons of systems, networks, applications, and devices used. Limited resources and system incompatibility are also the primary reasons the company fails to introduce these apps to hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practices. Moreover, each development in the IT sector adds a new layer of complexity to the present infrastructure. 

Solutions:

The mHealth care providers must use the technology to create applications that compile with the system used by doctors and hospitals. The IT infrastructure must be thoroughly checked under the implementation environment. 

  1. Poor engagement 

The prime objective of any application lies in its usability and engagement. Therefore, to develop a healthcare app, it is necessary to make sure that the app doesn’t feel like a monologue. In this manner, the patient will not be able to engage. 

Solution:

Every patient has a unique body. Therefore, the patients must be provided with all information and treatment-related data they need, along with the cure to their health problems. Providing patients’ records and prescriptions, making/canceling appointments, and 24/7 consulting services are some other features that the app must offer. 

  1. Intricated and Incompatible applications

The patients may find the application complicated. Naturally, they wouldn’t prefer to use it after getting frustrated. A considerable number of applications are also not compatible with all the devices. Some applications may be faster while working on the web, while their speed can slow down if used on mobile phones. 

Solution:

The developers must create equally responsive applications in every device and provide an excellent User Interface(UI) and User Experience(UX). At the same time, they should be easy to use. Remember: the app is used by ordinary people. Most of them have no idea about app development.

  1. Managing data with a loT

IoT is a trend for healthcare applications. Therefore, its usage has gained much popularity in recent times. The medical IoT facility gathers necessary information of a patient and detects any other disease risk helping to prevent it.

However, IoMT is also very complicated. It collects a large amount of data every minute; thus, data management, analysis, and storage become even more complicated. 

Solution:

Integrating IoMT devices with the app and using third-party advanced data analysis services eases the process to develop a healthcare app. 

As you see, many challenges are faced by the developers and entrepreneurs who decided to create a healthcare application. Such products are usually in high demand among hospitals, private practices, and outpatient clinics. Healthcare organizations are actively investing in such initiatives. If you have an innovative idea in mind, it’s time to talk about it.