07/12/2017

Does the future of medicine lie within software?

The development of Medtech applications is one of the fastest growing fields of IT business activity.

The development of Medtech applications is one of the fastest growing fields of IT business activity. See interesting case study.

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 will amount to around $26 bln.

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 in 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 2015 as much as 66% of Americans used mobile applications in their treatment. The very same year almost 100,000 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 ageing 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 259,000 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 afterwards. Now you know why so few of them, despite their abundance, become our all-time favourites.

The users very often complain about the lack of key features  and personalisation – 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

For about a year our developers have been working on an application dedicated for 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 everyday and it became my mission to make their life easier. MyAllergy makes the information flow about food intolerances and possible allergic reactions easier, that 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 for success (Read more about remote software house communication).

Weronika Czekalska, Sales Manager of The Masters: It’s especially fulfilling to work on projects where technology can make a difference in people’s life. We are happy to be taking part in developing this innovative idea.

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/CTO & CO-FOUNDER
The Founder and CEO of The Masters.io. He's been sitting in front of his computer since the age of 6. Participant of multiple Hackathons. Passionate about technology and programming. He believes that the only way to achieve great results is hard work. And craft beer.

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