The future of medicine lies within software?

31/03/2020

The future of medicine lies within software?

The development of Medtech applications is one of the fastest-growing IT fields. But right now it is the most crucial part of the business globally when we are forced to stay at home and still take care of our health as never before, facing the coronavirus pandemic. 

They control our glucose level, create dietary plans, or simply remind us to take our medicines – hundred of thousands of medical apps are present in our daily life. According to Research2Guidance, the value of mHealth apps market in 2017 amounted to around $26 bln and it's just the tip of the iceberg now! 

The medical market has been witnessing a digital revolution, and the variety of apps to choose from is becoming forever more diversified – patients, doctors or even healthcare businesses can choose from a wide range of applications. Is Medtech the future of medicine?

Who wouldn’t like to have their own medical assistant on their mobile phone? It stands to reason that personal health management apps make our lives easier. Prescription, consultations or health records – all available at hand’s reach.

Applications related to fitness or ones that help us lose a couple of extra pounds are among the most popular ones, but the features of mobile applications are much more impressive than that. They can diagnose illnesses, remotely monitor our body’s condition, and control the condition of the chronically ill.

Apps for Doctors, Patients, and Healthcare Businesses

The US is the largest market of healthcare and medical mobile apps. Currently more than half of the US’s 100 biggest hospitals design and develop their own apps.

In 2018 as much as 90% of Americans used digital solutions in their treatment. The very same year almost 200,000 healthcare applications were launched in the market. This number, as one can easily imagine, is steadily growing, with the demand following the suit.

Medical Software vs. Waiting for an Appointment

Are you wondering why new methods of diagnosing and treating illnesses are becoming essential?
First of all, the world’s aging population needs better access to healthcare services.
Second of all, the number of chronically ill people is constantly growing.
And modern technologies are coming to the rescue.

mHealth Apps Trends

I would much rather look at my phone than wait hours for an appointment. And I do believe I am in the majority.

According to recent studies, the main app stores had around 400,000 of mHealth apps in their offer. Medium reports that currently there are over 59,000 mHealth app publishers selling apps for iOS or Android platforms worldwide.

The variety of apps to choose from is huge, but have you ever wondered why only some of the apps end up installed on our devices? I think the answer is quite simple: the higher the demand, the higher the expectations.

It’s Hard to Find a Good Medical App, Isn’t It?

I am sure you have at least once downloaded an app and deleted it shortly afterward. Now you know why so few of them, despite their abundance, become our all-time favorites.

The users very often complain about the lack of key features and personalization – the information about health is simply not enough; performance, design, and implementation is equally important. As a result, the applications which do not live up to the expectations end up in the trash.

Critical mistakes can be made at the very beginning. An idea, no matter how ingenious, sometimes does not suffice. This is exactly why solid preparations, good design and development of the app and, most importantly, well developed technical base, matter.

Mobile Healthcare Technologies – App for Allergy Sufferers

Some time ago our developers have worked on an application dedicated to people with allergies. Mit Sharma, the CEO, and founder of the company behind the app is a lactose-intolerant allergy dad. He started myAllergy because he wants more options for people who suffer from food allergies and intolerances.

Mit Sharma, CEO of MyAllergy: I know the inconveniences that allergy sufferers experience every day and it became my mission to make their life easier. MyAllergy makes the information flow about food intolerances and possible allergic reactions easier, which can actually save one’s life.

I do believe this application – that puts the users' needs and wants first – can serve as an example for others. Read more about myAllergy.

What Should a Good mHealth App Be Like?

Utilizing the best practices of UX design, performance stability and data security should be the main focus areas of these apps providers.

This is what we have been focusing on from the very beginning of our cooperation with MyAllergy. We also knew that effective communication with the client was a key to success (Read more about remote software house communication).

Michal Szehidewicz, CEO at The Masters: It’s really fulfilling to work on projects where technology can make a difference in people’s life. We are proud to be taking part in developing such innovative ideas.

Conclusion

The development of Medtech applications is one of the fastest-growing fields of IT business activity. The global medical and fitness app market will reach over $100BLN in 2022! It is constantly growing and advancing.

Have I convinced you yet that the Medtech industry is worth the investment? If you have an idea that needs developing, feel free to get in touch and we will evaluate it with you.

CEO
Michał pursues success and growth with the determination of a shark and optimism of a Golden Retriever. He looks for new clients, but he prefers to call them partners. A huge fan of NBA and business-related books.

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