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
[clickToTweet tweet=”#mHealth #apps are an essential part of a broader #healthcare ecosystem” quote=”mHealth apps are an essential part of a broader healthcare ecosystem, with widespread adoption due to the demand for convenient, patient-centred care.”] 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.
#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 a 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 is 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.
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