Mobile app development has grown dramatically over the past few years and has touched all the major business verticals from IT, entertainment, human resources, communications, software, marketing and healthcare, amongst others. Economic analysts have opined that this industry will break new barriers in terms of market capitalization, annual revenues and crowd influencing power in the coming years. Like most of the areas where mobile technology has consolidated its presence, healthcare sector is the one where mobile applications are pegged to have the next major impact. The practical edge provided by smartphone apps is being put to genuine use by many healthcare related businesses and individuals. Through this article we will cover what role is played by mobile application development in the healthcare sector.
Significance of Medical Mobile Apps in Healthcare
At present, doctors and medicine practitioners are using highly data driven medical mobile applications for dealing with their patients’ health records, past history, prescriptions and drugs list. The days of medics and paramedics hustling for patient records, treatment history and medicines are over. Android or iPhone medical applications save time and life, besides being easier to use and are much less expensive nowadays. The widespread use of smartphones, tablets and cloud-based internet database has helped medical app designers to provide doctors the information they need at the touch of a button.
The new mobile app development technologies are considered a boon in the healthcare business, and it is to be noted that time saving still remains the most vital factor in this discipline. There are many helpful medical mobile apps that have revolutionized the way doctors and other healthcare professionals carried out their day to day life saving work. The most important examples of medical mobile apps are mCura, AliveCor, UpToDate and several others made by Epocrates.
So what lies ahead for medical mobile apps?
Medical mobile app development industry is evolving at a tremendous rate and many major players are expected to stretch their legs in this domain this year. Healthcare remains one of the most crucial sectors for the economy and looking at the present situation; this vertical will witness a lot of innovation and skill building exercises in the near future. Medical app developers have the massive onus to develop products that are easy to use, trouble free, extensively tested and make doctors’ and medicine practitioners’ job simple and not complex. Developing a fool-proof medical application isn’t a hypothetical concept and can be accomplished with detailed testing and quality assurance work.
At Moability, we have developed several iPhone medical apps and mCura remains our flagship product till date. The client specification said a comprehensive mobile medical application that could be used on both iPhones and iPads. We developed a comprehensive Enterprise Clinic Management Suite for them, which was replete with patient record database, patient report dashboard, doctor appointment dashboard and a drug reference guide, amongst many other features.
As per United States’ apex healthcare body Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the number smartphone users using medical mobile applications could touch 500 million by the end of 2015. Further, mobile apps development is expected to break new grounds in ease of user experience, database sharing, support and maintenance and referral system integration. Healthcare experts have opined that these high end medical applications will positively impact medical treatments and service delivery globally.