Challenges faced in developing healthcare and fitness mobile apps

Healthcare and fitness apps are buzzwords and have been evolving. But do you know how challenging it is to develop a powerful healthcare mobile application?

Hemang Rindani
17th May 2018
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Healthcare and mobile application challenges

Healthcare and mobile application challenges

Healthcare industry has been an early adopter of IT, however with the requirement to build an effective compliance program for healthcare organizations; it has matured over a period. Earlier IT was majorly used by healthcare industry experts but now it is also adopted by patients. Healthcare mobile apps are beneficial for both medical professionals and patients, with individual or merged requirements.

Developing healthcare and fitness apps is a challenging task. There are many areas that need to be addressed before you launch a mobile application. The major challenges include:

Data Security and Privacy: Every expert talks about this aspect but it is quite worthy of being talked about here. Data Security is about securing the user or patient’s data from being leaked. Setting up of the right security standards is a challenge as most of the data will be stored on a cloud where the chances of data leak or the possibility of hacking are the maximum.

Privacy is in regards to securing the intellectual data and ensuring that this data is not shared with anybody with the consent of the patient.

Managing the Big Data: In today’s world, mobile apps are used to manage every aspect of healthcare right from managing diet plans to controlling cardio activities and collecting patient’s health related data on regular basis. This means that a lot of data is collected every minute and to manage and get useful insights from it is a challenge. IoT based healthcare applications are transmitting so much of data that sometimes a processor cannot even handle it. To make these things work, an app development company is tasked with an uphill challenge.

User experience: No app is successful if it fails to deliver the expected user experience. Right from UI to app navigation, every app element must add value to the overall user experience. This is even more critical if your users are patients suffering from life threatening diseases. An unfriendly display of an alert may hurt them much more then intended.

Enabling IoT and AI: IoT is among the biggest healthcare and fitness app trends today. Every app would like to transmit real time data for better diagnosis. mIoT applications have been in the market for long, however, to enable smooth functioning of the app is a challenge.

In addition, the apps are supposed to suggest patients on the daily regime and to enable this, the apps must be powered with artificial intelligence that collects and analyze the data in the device and give real time suggestions.

The above challenges demand a lot of planning before you begin the app development process. Identifying the right frameworks, database technology and security protocols is a challenge. Generally, it is advisable to consider awarding the project to healthcare app development expert to ensure smooth functioning of the mobile application.

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