All About Developing Medical Mobile Apps

Problems and Solutions Encountered by Medical App Developers

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We are now relying more and more on our various mobile devices to complete many every day, even the more complicated, tasks for us. Users from all fields are increasingly using their smartphones and tablets for their extreme multitasking abilities and their efficiency. The medical field is no exception.

Where medics and paramedics of the bygone days used expensive medical equipment to help patients during emergencies, they now use their highly data-driven, easy-to-use and much less expensive mobile devices and the medical apps available therein.

Here, we deal with developing medical mobile apps, the problems developers encounter while creating these apps and how to surmount such issues.

Since we all use mobile devices on a regular basis, learning how to employ a particular medical mobile app is not going to take much time for a trained medic or paramedic. A well-tested, well-established app also gives fairly accurate results each time, so it can be used for medics always on the move.

Issues Faced by Medical Mobile App Developers

However, developers of medical apps often face many issues while creating the same. They are as follows.

Results not Always Predictable

No matter how much an app developer tries to create a foolproof medical app, he or she can never be certain that it be totally trouble-free, until and unless it has actually been developed and deployed to a particular mobile platform.

Certain issues may crop up during the testing phase of the app and that is when the actual problem will arise while trying to fix the problem.

Formatting Issues for Mobile Applications

No Life-Saving App Available

The US Food and Drug Administration acknowledges the tremendous utility of medical apps. In fact, research indicates that the number of smartphone users taking advantage of medical mobile apps by way of mobile healthcare may rise to an amazing 500,000,000 by the year 2015.

However, no developer can ever claim to create a life-saving app. The available apps are good to test a certain condition, but they cannot hope to bring relief to a critically ill patient. Not only that, these apps can be dangerous for use to patients in case there have been technical glitches during the app development or testing phase.

Fragmentation of Mobile Platforms

One of the biggest issues faced by developers of medical mobile apps is the variety of mobile devices today, as also operating systems. While these issues are big enough to tackle, there are also the other problems such as non-standardization of mobile design, network connectivity issues and so on.

Creating apps for different mobile devices with different mobile features and requisites can pose a huge challenge to the developer. Cross-platform formatting and choosing the right mobile platform or platforms poses an even bigger problem.

The above issues may collectively result in a medical app that does not quite meet the expectations of the end-user.

How Developers Can Overcome these Issues

The developer should take the time to thoroughly test it before submitting the app to the online app marketplace. No matter how expensive this might seem, it is always better to reserve that extra amount in the budget rather than have to compromise on app quality, thereby losing customer trust.

Choosing the right mobile device and mobile platform is vital to the success of the medical mobile app. The developer has to think about this and chart out his or her plan much before actually creating the mobile app.

Availability of a mobile network is almost always impossible to predict accurately. There is hence little that the developer can do here. The end-user is bound to experience difficulty in connection if the network is too congested or jammed. In such a case, giving the end-user a variety of network connectivity options may be the key to solving the problem.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, medical mobile apps have to be developed keeping the end-user in mind. Any mobile app is made for the user and it is that user’s experience and feedback that will eventually decide the success of the app in the marketplace.

Understanding all the above aspects and planning well beforehand will minimize your risks and help you develop a good medical mobile app