Today healthcare organizations are turning to software development to extend and strengthen the services they offer.
The arrival of COVID-19 in 2019 changed the world as we knew it. It shifted how we communicate, care for others, educate our children, work, and more. Suddenly going to seek medical treatment for any ailment was dangerous and uncertain so many companies turned to modern technologies to assist and reach their patients in new ways.
COVID hastened the arrival of remote medicine at a pace and to a degree that no one could anticipate. All of a sudden it became acceptable to see a doctor via a mobile phone. This unleashed a wave of innovation, delivering health care via smartphones.
Many companies have created healthcare apps to support the changes and challenges faced by COVID-19 and that trend has continued nearly 3 years later.
Unlike traditional and inefficient telephone access to physicians and healthcare organizations, mobile health technologies enable patients to send secure messages, schedule appointments quickly, and connect to providers 24/7 for virtual telemedicine visits!
Mobile healthcare applications are quickly becoming the preferred way for patients to access their healthcare providers, medical care, track their steps, heart rate, and even launch video consultations.
Today nearly every aspect of healthcare has to do with telemedicine, AI, and remote patient monitoring (RPM) which got a huge boost (up nearly 300% in investment), according to CB Insights.
As doctors and patients look for additional ways to connect with each other while maintaining their distance, telehealth apps will certainly continue to grow.
If you’re considering creating your own mobile healthcare application take a look at some of the typical existing healthcare applications within each of the categories and how your idea fits in. It’s important to also consider how your app will better serve your users.
HEALTH APPS FOR PATIENTS
- Appointment scheduling and reminders
- Habit tracking
- Fitness and wellness
- Social networking
- Mental health
- IoT medical products
- Women’s Health
HEALTH APPS FOR PROVIDERS
- Remote patient monitoring
- Medicine reference
- Hospital mobile app ERPs
- Clinical communication
- Appointments management
HEALTH APPS FOR MEDICAL ADMINISTRATION STAFF
- Doctor/nurse marketplace
- Inventory management
- Practice management applications
Here are a few of our favorite and most popular healthcare apps on the market today.
What started as the idea of TV’s very own “Dr. Phil” McGraw and his son Jay in 2012, Doctor on Demand was one of the first healthcare apps to revolutionize telemedicine and pave the way for even more telemedicine apps. This is a medically certified mobile app for patients to have their questions answered via scheduled video consultations with a doctor and have a medical prescription written for them if needed. Even though this isn’t suitable for urgent care, this app is a simple and effective way to talk to a doctor via video calling and find relief for a sickness or injury until you are able to see your doctor in person. According to SharePost Doctor On Demand has raised $236 million to date, while Grand Rounds has banked $270 million from investors. Doctor on Demand is valued today at $820 million.
Founded in 1998 by three Stanford Business School students, early versions of Epocrates ran on Palm devices and desktop computers. By 2006, the user base had reached an estimated 525,000 users worldwide, including 200,000 doctors in the United States. When the Apple iPhone was introduced, Epocrates became the first medical app on Apple’s mobile platform. Today it is one of the top pharmaceutical apps geared toward doctors with a comprehensive archive of medical information, a drug interaction checker, and a pill identification tool all rolled into one. It also has a texting service that is HIPAA compliant where physicians and other healthcare professionals can easily communicate.
Founded in 2012 by Roni and Oren Frank. The company first began after a transformative experience in couples therapy that saved their marriage. The results of psychotherapy were so meaningful for the couple that they wanted to share it with others. Roni chose to pursue a master’s degree in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and take her knowledge to the mobile world.
Backed by Olympian Michael Phelps, Talkspace provides its users with convenient, affordable, and confidential therapy you can do anywhere, anytime. It has over 1 million users which have access to mental health professionals and online counselors. With the help of video calls, patients can benefit from online therapy sessions.
Eight million patients seek eye care in urgent care centers or emergency rooms each year and over 40% of those patients receive an inaccurate diagnosis. Unlike other telemedicine services, EyecareLive is specific to the eye industry, which means users with an eye concern will receive highly specialized care from an experienced eye care provider during their consultation. This app connects you with an ophthalmologist and asks you to record your condition through various pictures and videos of affected eyes. This isn’t recommended for serious conditions, but for things like dry eyes, allergies, or contact lenses-related questions, this mobile app provides a convenient service.
This healthcare app’s motto is to “make diabetes suck less!” mySugr allows patients to track their blood sugar, carbs, bolus, and estimated HbA1c all at a glance. Users say that mySugr has transformed their lives. Logging their data daily has allowed them to have better control over their condition. Doctors are also allowed to review the data to better treat patients. This easy-to-use app also provides users with motivating challenges and feedback to help them cope with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is difficult to cope with and this app has been an important ally to many.
These healthcare apps and more continue to change the face of how we feel each and every day.
Are you looking to build your own mobile healthcare application?
Creating a healthcare app on your own can be a daunting task – with FDA and/or HIPAA requirements, it’s critical to get things right the first time.
Hiring a development agency means that you will save time and money. We can help you decide the ideal platform for your application, the best UI/UX design, and estimate the minimum cost of the entire project.
Rocket Farm Studios ensures a smooth and trustworthy process to help you successfully launch your mobile healthcare app.