Published: February 16, 2021
28 min read
Last updated: August 30, 2023
❓ How Healthcare Mobile App Development Can Help You Improve Your Services
✅ Types of Medical Apps
🏃 Our Expertise: WePulse & MoveYoo
⚙️ Healthcare Mobile App: Universal Features
🤖 Tech Stack
💰 How Much Does Digital Healthcare App Development Cost?
Nowadays, the healthcare industry is becoming more digitized at high speed.
The average annual growth rate of the digital healthcare market is projected to rise by approx. 28% within the next 6 years.
The market of mHealth is growing quickly which makes healthcare mobile app development relevant (image by Royhan Muhammad)
The popularity of such services among users is also incredibly high as more than 60% of mobile users have a certain healthcare mobile app installed on their device already.
Such demand is driven by the fact that mHealth solutions aren’t dependent on location & time so people can use such services wherever and whenever they want or need.
The exact same reason explains why you as a provider of HealthCare Products or Services might benefit from it. You can reach a much wider audience & generate more revenue in less time since there’s no need to physically connect with your customers to provide services.
Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced health and wellness services to become more digitized.
It happened so primarily because many people wanted to minimize the risk of getting infected & use as many services as they possibly could remotely. Thus, businesses had to adjust to these conditions.
Besides, by offering digital services, businesses contributed to “flattening the curve” and preventing even bigger waves of infections.
So, if you want to develop a healthcare mobile app of your own or simply learn more about it — welcome!
Having an app can help healthcare providers improve their workflow & profitability in many ways.
The most obvious ones are reaching a wider audience, getting rid of location limitations, language barriers, and other deterring factors.
So let’s take a look at something that doesn’t lie on the surface.
Many healthcare apps are changing the world, because they help to detect cancer at early stages, minimize the risks of repeated strokes, improve the quality of life of people with allergies and chronic illnesses, etc.
However, the industry still has a lot of slots for new heroes to enter the market with life-changing ideas since many diseases don’t have enough digital and remote resources to help people to deal with them.
So, once your idea enters the market, it will most likely disrupt the industry and be demanded, which will make it easier for you to start making higher revenue, which will then make it easier for you to build a highly scalable business.
It can happen that an existing health application doesn’t cover all of your potential cases.
Such a problem with limited functionality is often relevant for businesses whose apps are made with the help of different “out-of-the-box” mobile app development services like Fliplet and Appypie that allow you to create a healthcare mobile app by using a template.
Custom healthcare mobile app development can help you extend your app’s functionality and be fully tailored to your case (image by Anastacia)
Additionally, there won’t be any extra features that aren’t relevant to your app, thus, such an approach is more beneficial in the long run.
Another reason why some businesses contact development teams is that they want to add some 3rd-party integrations to an existing product. There are two main outcomes:
Nowadays, it’s quite challenging to make an appointment with a doctor — the waiting can go on for weeks. One of the main reasons for that is that the workload of doctors is really high.
A healthcare app can reduce the workload of doctors (image by Purrweb UI)
A healthcare mobile app can help with this as well since many processes can be automated, and that reduces the workload on the medical staff.
Here are a few use cases of how such apps lower the workload:
In terms of your profitability, it can help you provide services to more clients in less time.
From the medical point of view, it’s highly important to regularly stay in touch with patients to have a more detailed overview of their well-being.
The healthcare mobile app development is perfect to stay in touch with patients (image by Saikat Kumar)
With a healthcare mobile app, doctors can detect & prevent emerging diseases at early stages, so patients don’t come for a visit only when the situation gets critical.
It can be done through photo “reports” from patients, various symptom checkers, etc.
The healthcare industry is quite diverse in its services — scheduling doctor appointments is only a tiny part.
There are a bunch of apps that target different categories of people & different branches of healthcare.
In this section, we’re going to talk about the most widespread types of medical apps.
In this article we cover only the most typical types of medical apps. So, if your idea for a medical app is special and doesn’t match common cases — feel free to contact us and we’ll help you with its development!
Such mobile health apps are intended to help people track their well-being, measure certain health indicators, and make sure that all medications are taken on time.
Let’s take a look at what features are often used in such apps.
This feature can help people keep control of their medication regime so that they don’t mistakenly miss the time or confuse the pill.
It's especially relevant for people with chronic illnesses since many of them have to take medications every day and it’s quite complicated to stay focused all the time.
You can create an app for health tracking (image by Simon Rico)
For a better user experience, you can add a feature that’ll scan the QR-code on the medication & automatically add it to the list.
It can be done either by building it into the app or integrating it with the camera on users’ devices.
In addition, it might be a good idea to correlate components of a patient’s medications to make sure that they’re compatible with each other.
This feature can include various activity indicators:
The health tracking app development is one of many options you can opt for (image by Alena)
So that the development would be easier and faster, you can integrate third-party applications like Apple Health and Google Fit into your app to enable certain features, instead of developing custom ones. Also, you can use fitness bands, smartwatches, smart fitness equipment, and other BLE-devices.
This can allow you to track heart & breath rate, blood pressure — everything and anything that such devices & APIs provide. If you’d like to learn more about how to do so, here’s our article dedicated to this topic:
How to Enable Google Fit, Apple Health Kit, and Other Services to Share Data with Your App
To help people improve their sleeping habits and inform them about different activities during sleep, you can add a feature to track such things.
Another function of a healthcare app is sleep tracking (image by Citra Gunasiwi)
After tracking sleeping activity, you can give advice on how to improve the current situation, offer some sleeping meditations, relaxing sounds, audio sleeping guides, etc.
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To increase engagement, you can add a sleep recording feature since many people would like to know if they sleep talk to analyze the quality of their sleep or just for entertainment.
It’s a good idea to add customizable questionnaires to capture the exacerbation phases & how users feel throughout them.
A healthcare app can be used for tracking exacerbation stages (image by Dibbendo Pranto 🚀)
Moreover, healthcare spheres can be absolutely different — from mental health to skin conditions.
Take a look at some typical use cases of this feature so you can have a clearer picture of what we’re talking about. The exacerbation of:
To deeper understand the state of each user’s health, you can add various questionnaires on how people feel every day.
To begin with, you can add general questions like temperature, heart rate, blood pressure (if possible to measure), typical symptoms like headache and/or stomachache, dizziness & a bar to add notes that these questions don’t cover.
Healthcare mobile app development can help you reduce the workflow of doctors (image by Zuzanna Cwiakala)
After that, you can offer to create custom questions to tailor the app to each user’s needs.
Additionally, you can offer them to generally track their daily activities so doctors can determine the possibility of certain symptoms being influenced by routines of patients.
This feature is intended to picture any external symptoms of illnesses. In addition, it is perfect for preventing & controlling purposes.
During healthcare app development, you can add a built-in camera (image by Filip Justić)
You should also leave a bar for notes so people can type in some additional symptoms that can’t be captured on camera like pain, itchiness, etc.
Furthermore, offer users to generally track their daily activities so doctors can determine the possibility of certain actions being influenced by routines of patients.
Here are some typical use cases for this feature:
Here, we’d like to show you some existing examples of such apps:
This type of medical apps is normally dedicated to treatments that aren’t pharmacotherapies.
They can include physiotherapies, dietary, comfort therapies, etc.
You might want to add the following features:
This feature can help people who were prescribed physical exercise or just need some supporting treatments to deal with certain pains (i. e., knee pain).
So, without having to see patients in their offices, doctors can simply send them video instructions on how to perform certain physiotherapies.
A healthcare mobile app development can be used for implementing exercises into your medical app (image by 415Agency)
You can also offer some premade universal exercises that surely won’t be harmful & will help with certain conditions.
It might be a good idea to provide a tracker where patients will give feedback on how they feel during & after exercising, rate the difficulty of it, and the level of pain.
In this way, doctors will be able to track the progress and tailor the prescription.
With this feature, doctors’ can send dietary prescriptions to their patients and they can always have access to it.
In addition, with an app, patients don’t have to bother doctors anymore if they need to double-check or recall any information.
It’s might be a good idea to add features for nutrition control during healthcare mobile app development (image by YanBin Tan)
Also, providing a list of recipes for different categories of patients, such as diabetics, people with different allergies, as well as people with different dietary preferences, might be a pretty good idea too.
Moreover, you can add low and high calorie recipes and many other categories to cover as many needs as possible.
In fact, we have an article dedicated to the topic of nutrition and diets if you’d like to check it out:
Diet and Nutrition App Development
Let’s take a look at some existing apps in this sphere:
We, at Stormotion, have developed both a mobile and a web app for FitTracks, a fitness app with audio-guided workouts for all categories of people — from absolute beginners to experienced athletes.
Their workouts fully meet all World Health Organization recommendations and each one of them is designed to last for 8 weeks with a possibility of a 4 week extension.
All courses have detailed video & audio instructions, as well as written texts so you can get yourself acquainted with the needed info before the workout and feel more confident about its structure.
A fitness health app can be combined with healthcare mobile app development (shots from (image by Stormotion)
In fact, FitTrack’s workout programs are recognized by the German government as prevention courses.
For users, it means that they can request 100% reimbursement from their health insurance companies.
Their app helps people adjust their workout routines for different muscle groups, prevention purposes, and joint workouts.
If you’d like to learn more about this project, there’s a case study on our website:
FitTracks: Case Study
Mental health issues are something that’s easier to deal with remotely. And that’s also the reason why such apps are very popular nowadays.
Furthermore, the diversity of such apps is quite impressive. Some of them help to deal with specific problems, from anxiety and panic attacks to OCD and bipolar disorder. Others are intended to improve general mental well-being, and some don’t specialize in any field, but rather offer a customizable experience to every user.
Let’s review what features such apps normally have.
These two features are great to keep track of patients’ mental health on a regular basis since mental issues are rarely a permanent state of affairs.
Mental health app development can be a great way for you to help people to support their well-being (image by Choirul Syafril)
You can add questionnaires on general topics like current mood, concerns, psychosomatic symptoms like headache, stomachache, feeling of heaviness in the chest, etc.
Then, if a user requires such, you can provide specialized customizable questions that will be suitable for their disease. It might be a good idea to leave a bar for additional notes.
A tracker can be simply organized as a calendar with all dates where any notes or check-ups are taken. Normally, this information is accessible anytime.
Many people often need to get grounded to simply understand what their genuine feelings are or to calm down the temporary acute phase of an issue.
Healthcare app development in the field of mental care is important to maintain a general well-being of people (image by Igor Savelev)
“Grounding” with help of a medical app can be done by using these tools:
When dealing with mental health issues it’s really important for patients to be understood, and with an app, it’s easy to provide such feelings.
During healthcare app development for mental care, think about adding online support (image by Shafeez Walji)
You can create multiple chats & groups on Social Media so people with similar concerns and issues can feel united and comforted by each other to feel less stressed.
Additionally, it’s also a great idea to provide users with emergency mental health support from professionals, so people in need can get primary psychological assistance anytime.
One of the most important parts of mental well-being is meditating. So, it might be reasonable to offer your app users a wide variety of meditations.
To support users’ mental health, you can add meditations to the app (image by Samuel Oktavianus)
Here are some real-file mental healthcare app examples:
Our team has worked with Feel amazing, which is a the project of Ailsa Frank, a British hypnotherapist and motivational keynote speaker. It is targeted at general mental health improvement & self-development.
We have an expertise in healthcare app development for mental care (image by Stormotion)
Their team’s main goal is to help people overcome their bad habits and be a better version of themselves through audio & video courses, as well as live streams.
The app has many courses dedicated to various topics — from alcohol and nicotine addictions to women’s well-being. It helps people to fight their fears, mend relationships with their loved ones, and gain confidence.
It’s also child-friendly since the content includes sensitive topics regarding alcohol and smoking, which we secured with the Child Lock feature that hides content with age restrictions.
So, if you want to create a mental health app, feel free to reach out to us!
Women have to deal with different health issues on a regular basis — from cramps and breast pains because of their physiology to menstrual disorders.
That’s why FemTech apps have already become a whole industry and help women take better control of the general health as well as of their well-being during pregnancy, period, etc.
Let’s take a look at what features can be used to create a women health app:
This feature is one of the most used ones in such apps. It can include:
During women health app development, it’s important to add period tracking (image by Bettina Szekany)
Moreover, by tracking different symptoms and pains before and during “that time of the month”, women can get a better overview of their general health.
This information can also help doctors understand each woman’s specificity to provide better services and lower the intensity of the symptoms.
Regardless of the fact that pregnancy is an extremely tender process and requires constant doctor control, an app can still be helpful.
A mobile healthcare app for women health can include pregnancy control (image by Rudi Hartono)
Such a feature can provide a bunch of useful tools:
Hormonal birth control medications are usually very strong, so their taking has to be medically prescribed & strictly controlled to provide efficiency and minimize side effects.
With an app, it becomes much easier to control this process.
A healthcare app development for women health can include adding birth control tracking (image by Zuzanna Cwiakala)
So, such a feature can have these tools:
Let’s take a look at some existing solutions on the market:
This type of healthcare apps is basically an app where people can schedule doctor appointments, access their prescriptions, and visit appointments.
We won’t get into detail here since we already have an article dedicated to developing telehealth apps. So if you’d like to learn more about this type of healthcare apps, feel free to follow the link:
Telemedicine App Development: How to Make a Telehealth App or Site
To conclude the section, we’d like to point out that healthcare apps can be absolutely different, as they can consist of 2 or more types, partially have features that we’ve mentioned and/or also have something unique, etc.
The point of a custom healthcare mobile app is that you can customize it to your liking. So, if it’s possible to put your idea into practice from the technical point of view (which we can help you determine as well), we’d be more than happy to help you!
In this section, we’ll review two cases of our expertise in this field.
One of the projects is WePulse — a corporate well-being platform that’s intended to encourage employees to live healthier lives. We started working with them when our other client HUMANOO, a German corporate health platform, acquired WePulse.
Their team asked us to proceed with the BackEnd development for the mobile app. For health & fitness user data exchange, we’ve integrated 3 3 fitness services:
Now, they can get all necessary activity data without having to measure it on their own.
Another project that we’ve worked on is MoveYoo - a German physiotherapy app that allows therapists to remotely prescribe exercises to their patients.
What we did was basically developing the whole app from scratch - we added well-being check-ups, therapeutic exercises with individual plans from doctors, etc.
In this section, we’ll review features that most types of healthcare apps can have.
For healthcare apps, this feature is something rather necessary since the policies of apps that in some way work in the field of healthcare are way more strict than they are for many other apps.
If we’re talking about general information, email, phone number and name should do it, and you can ask for it before or after the sign-up.
You can add the Sing Up & Profiles features for a healthcare app development (image by Tatiana Livinska)
However, healthcare apps might need a little more than that. For instance, you might additionally ask for certain health details, but it can be required when users would complete their medical profiles.
Such profiles are often anonymous to meet all GDPR requirements. In this case, personal details either stay strictly inside the app or are stored by healthcare providers & other businesses without knowing to whom this information refers.
To be fully aware of what to pay attention to when working with each patient, you should offer (or require, depending on the type of your app) to fill in a medical profile.
General information can include:
Don’t forget to add a medical profile feature during healthcare application development (image by Filip Justić)
After that, you might need to ask for any special details about one’s health.
What’s important here is that each use case is unique, depending on the type of your app in the first place. For instance, if you work with sleep tracking, the medical profile would show the sleep schedule to users, while asking questions relevant to the issue.
In case you work with mental health issues the questions would be regarding any disorders, anxiety, etc.
Yet, in most cases, you might need to know certain details such as chronic diseases, allergies, medical history, etc., so the services you provide are safe and accurate.
Before we start talking about it, we’d like to point out that many types of healthcare apps don’t imply direct communication with doctors, which makes the feature irrelevant for them.
To enable patient-doctor communication and still reduce the doctors’ workload, you can add chats, so patients have the option to ask doctors questions, and doctors can reply when they’re free, without having to be distracted from working with other patients.
Think about adding a chat during healthcare application development (image by harman zai)
It might be a great idea to place an emergency button for cases when patients can’t wait and need a consultation as soon as possible.
Many healthcare apps use push-notifications to remind users about daily activities like taking medications or birth control pills, doing well-being/symptom check-ups, etc.
Basically, it’s a universal feature that can be used for a variety of purposes, marketing included.
If you have a special offer, like a discount for a premium account (if you have it), notifications are a great tool to inform users about such events.
In case you offer any in-app purchases or the app itself isn’t free, you might need a secure, reliable & user-friendly payment gateway.
It’s important to add a payment gateway during healthcare application development (image by Afshin T2Y ⚡️)
For a better user experience, the payment gateway should:
To help users figure out how to use certain features or deal with simple technical malfunctions, you can add user-oriented customer support.
A good customer support system normally includes:
Healthcare apps often have to work with sensitive medical records regarding other people’s health issues, mental problems, private data & information, the stealing of which can lead to an illegal use of it and be traumatizing for people to whom it refers, not to mention that companies that violate these regulations can get penalties, fines, and individuals can press charges against them for doing so.
So, to prevent the leaking of health records and be sure that patient data is stored as securely as possible, you might need to comply with certain privacy and international standards.
Why don’t we review some of the most important ones?
Bear in mind, the regulations may differ depending on where you work or are registered, and with data of which citizens you are dealing with.
General Data Protection Regulation is a privacy & security law of the EU. Its rules relate not only to businesses in the EU but also for anyone who has something to do with the information related to EU citizens.
The first thing you need to keep in mind when working with GDPR is what the definition of “personal data” actually implies, according to this law:
You’ll need to comply with privacy and security regulations (image by David Salvatori)
For you to be GDPR compliant, you’ll need to fulfill 6 key requirements, which are:
We won’t get into details, however, we have a whole article dedicated to GDPR and two more laws (HIPAA, PIPEDA) that we talk about in the next subsections of this article if you’d like to learn more on how to make your medical mobile app compliant with these regulations:
How to Make Sure Your App or Website is HIPAA, PIPEDA, GDPR Compliant
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is the US regulation that requires healthcare institutions, businesses & their associates to develop and follow methods that can ensure the security of patients’ data on each stage of working with it — receiving, transferring, sharing, and handling.
This regulation is more specific and imposes rules on handling PHI (protected health information) that you need to implement into your medical mobile app to be HIPAA compliant:
However, the identity of a person needs to be authenticated by one or more of 18 HIPAA-determined identifiers.
Again, we won’t fill you in on the details, but you can follow this link for an in-depth analysis of HIPAA compliance.
Personal Information Protection And Electronic Documents Act is a Canadian privacy law that governs the use & collection of personal data in a way that complies with the people’s right for privacy.
This regulation covers quite a wide range of information from one’s name, age, and IP address to medical records, employee files, etc.
The principles of it are partly similar to the ones of GDPR:
For more details, you can click on this link.
To make your medical mobile app more functional by using external resources, you can use various APIs and integrations:
By integrating them during the digital health app development process, you can make it faster and reduce the costs.
Bluetooth Low Energy (aka Bluetooth LE, Bluetooth Smart) is a digital technology for data transferring, which implies low energy consumption & short range.
But for consumers and providers, this technology is known for the devices that use it in the first place. These are:
You can integrate your healthcare application with BLE devices (image by Florencia Yannuzzi)
Here are some use cases of how a mobile health app can use BLE devices:
We had the experience of working with integrating data transactions from cadence and heart rate sensors right into the Platoon Fit app.
If you’d like to learn more about integrating BLE devices into your healthcare application, you could read our article on this topic:
What to Consider When Integrating BLE in Your Reacht Native App
The cost of the development will significantly depend on what special features (in other words, what healthcare industry you're operating in) you choose. Here's a rough estimation of what costs might look like.
Digital Healthcare Features Estimated in Hours
Using React Native
⏳ Min Hours
⏱ Max Hours
🔐 Sign Up Flow
👤 Profile Management Flow
💬 Chatting Flow
🔔 Push Notifications
💲 Payment Flow
🎧 Customer Support
💊 Medication Control
🏃 Activity Tracking
😴 Sleep Tracking
👨⚕️ Exacerbation Control
📑 Well-Being Check-Ups
📝 Symptom Check-Ups
📷 Camera Integration
🍏 Nutrition Tracking
🧘 Meditation Flow
♀️ Period Tracker
🤰 Pregnancy Control
⌛ Birth Control Tracker
💵 Approximate costs
So, the price for the Digital Healthcare App can be from $44,000 to $125,000, depending on what features you decide to integrate.
As you can see, there are many types of healthcare applications, and each one of them is unique. So, be sure that whatever healthcare services you want to provide, you can make use of developing your healthcare mobile app.
Let’s briefly summarize the steps of medical app development process:
In case you need any help with the development or have any questions left unanswered, feel free to reach out to us. We’ll find a way to help you!
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