Posted on February 22, 2017 in – Health, Best Practices

4 Best Practices for Developing mHealth Apps

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4 Best Practices for Developing mHealth Apps

Healthcare providers are now recognising patients as customers, tailoring their services to meet specific needs at each stage of the patient journey. mHealth apps are fast becoming one of the best tools for this type of personalised patient-centered care, empowering patients through providing relevant and easily accessible information.

63 percent of health systems are deploying or plan on implementing an mHealth communications platform of at least 500 smartphones within the next 12 to 18         months – mHealth Intelligence 

mHealth apps are an essential part of a broader healthcare ecosystem, with widespread adoption due to the demand for convenient, patient-centered care.Click To Tweet Research has highlighted the key core features patients expect from their mHealth apps to be efficiency, better access to information, integration with other channels, and the availability of person-to-person communication.

Core Features & Functionality of mHealth Apps

As demand continues to increase, it is important to consider these 4 best practices for developing successful mHealth apps.  

#1 Keep it simple

Research has shown that patients prefer simple, straightforward and easy to use mHealth tools. McKinsey’s Digital Patient Survey found that highly innovative and ‘fancy’ apps were considered less important. Therefore, in the case of healthcare apps, a simplistic approach with a focus on usability is more beneficial.

#2 Make it personalised

It is important to personalise and tailor an app’s user interface, functionality, and content to a specific target audience. Implementing app onboarding allows providers to segment their communications, delivering personalised content and customising the individual user’s experience. This optimises the user interface for each patient providing a relevant, consistent and positive user experience. To ensure adoption by the target audience, develop a proof-of-concept to showcase how the app would look and function.

Click through the interactive mock-up below for an example of Liquid State’s mHealth app onboarding…

                                                

 

#3 Ensure security

Data security and patient privacy concerns are significant barriers to the adoption of mHealth apps and technology. One way to ensure user security is to provide data protection at the app-level, such as login usernames and passwords. Another way to tackle these patient concerns is to create an mHealth app outside the electronic health record (EHR) system. For example, general health system apps, condition-specific apps, pregnancy and maternity apps, and wayfinding apps can all be developed outside an EHR system.

#4 Test and refine

It is important to collect insight into user experiences in the app through comments and ratings, providing a closed-loop feedback to administrators. Beyond this, inbuilt app analytics are an invaluable tool that can help administrators understand how users interact with their app. mHealth apps should be continuously tested and refined based on these user insights to ensure user satisfaction and engagement. 

App testing defines app quality and user experienceClick To Tweet Related Why mHealth is Essential for Patient Engagement
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It’s no secret that digital innovation has already begun to disrupt the health industry for the better. At Liquid State we see the social and economic value in improving patient engagement in hospitals through apps and integrated communications solutions.

An integrated health communications solution built with the Liquid State Platform can transform your business across patient engagement, marketing, internal communications, reporting, and workplace health & safety. Liquid State takes mHealth apps to the next level, allowing healthcare professionals to deliver personalised, omnichannel, and searchable content directly to their audience’s device.

Want to know what the Liquid State Platform can do for your Healthcare organisation? Get in touch with one of our consultants today.