Mobile health (mHealth) solutions can be of different types. They can be of consumer use only such as mental health trackers or have medical purposes such as remote patient monitoring apps. Basically, the mHealth market is on the rise, as per Statista data, the projected size of the mHealth mobile apps market is forecasted to reach $332 billion by 2025 compared to only $21 billion in 2016. Mobile health makes healthcare services more flexible and available to many people who don’t have easy access to healthcare. Plus, the trend of a healthy lifestyle is spreading globally and health apps are a natural consequence of that trend. Visit the Yalantis website to learn how we can help you build a custom health app to keep up with the trends and encourage more people to take better care of their health. This post will discuss the advantages of custom mHealth app development, technical best practices, and famous mHealth examples you can get inspiration from.
Benefits of mHealth solutions for patientsWe’re already accustomed to the fact that smartphone apps can help in different aspects of our lives from tracking finances, finding a partner, and socializing with our friends to monitoring our health. In fact, now we can have almost anything we want without even leaving the house. So let’s see how exactly people can benefit from mHealth solutions. Convenience is the king. As simple as it sounds, it’s extremely convenient to use mHealth applications. You can monitor your mental ups and downs, track periods, and make sure you reach that 10,000 steps limit every day. There are, literally, thousands of mHealth applications to fit the individual needs of everyone. Improved self-control. Health mobile applications can help people be more in charge of their health. For instance, an e-prescription application can send them notifications to take pills on time and make sure they follow the correct treatment. Less paperwork. Gradually yet confidently we’re moving to paperless lives. With everything going digital, mHealth solutions are just the right way for people to keep all of their medical records on their smartphones. This way clinicians can be sure that patients won’t lose critical information about their medical conditions. Enhanced and interactive healthcare services. Frankly speaking, there are a few people fond of visiting doctors. Most of us usually postpone the necessary appointments for a better time. Interactive mHealth applications can help people perceive their health monitoring as a much more fun experience. Such apps can contain gamification elements like getting awards for visiting clinicians on time, doing regular laboratory tests, or losing/gaining weight. Using mHealth applications helps people cultivate many healthy habits and pay more attention to themselves. But how can you make sure your mHealth app is actually useful?
How to make your mobile health software useful and successfulTo create a medical app and ensure a proper user engagement level for your mHealth application, you should choose your niche like fitness and wellness, patient monitoring, and e-prescription. Judging by the large amount of mHealth apps on the market, consider narrowing down your niche. For instance, you can build a fitness and rehabilitation application for elderly people with the possibility to book a consultation with a physician nearby. Once you know your niche and target audience, you can proceed with the functionality your app should include. Taking the same example above, you’ll have to pay more attention to the onboarding process, making it clear for the elderly how to use the app. The UI/UX design should be also well-thought-out as well as tested on real users before the final release. Speaking of choosing your target audience right and ensuring yourself as many users as possible, you should also take into account the popularity of such apps among different age groups. In September 2021, Statista conducted a survey on medical, health, and fitness mobile app usage among 9,134 respondents of different age groups. Researchers found out that such apps use:
- 62 percent of boomers
- 72 percent of Gen Xers
- 81 percent of Millennials
- 76 percent of Gen Zers