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7 Important Points To Consider Before Developing A Mobile App

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Are you developing an application? Don’t you know what must be considered before starting?

Let’s start with an example – You have an idea to develop an application but you don’t know whether it actually will get good response from users or not. The first step is that your idea should be unique that has never been implemented previously.

Even if you develop an app that has never been developed, what is the guarantee that users will download and use? Even if they download what are the possibilities of using your app in a right way?

Don’t worry, here are the few strategies, if you follow these strategies before starting an app, you will surely succeeded.s01(5)(1)

Let’s take a look on strategies that should be considered:

1. Target
You should know who you are targeting. Suppose you are going to develop an application related to education then you should categorize education levels into different groups based on their ages and education level. So it is easy for the user to select right option in your app based on his/her education level. So know who you are targeting.

2. Speed
Your app should respond as quickly as possible. If it’s showing waiting or loading user will be irritated. No one wants slow apps. Suppose, user wants to check movie tickets availability and app is taking more time to show results, when your results are displayed finally, it shows all tickets are sold; because of time constraints what you will do? Obviously, next time you will go for other alternatives. So, speed should be considered important while developing an app.

3. Number of downloads
Always focus on developing something that can be used by almost everyone. You never want to create an app that has a limited usage to a specific class, rather focus on making it more public and something that is used by all. With that, also make sure you’re your app has that extraordinary feature that compels users to start using it, the moment they download it.

4. Include Social media
Connecting your app with social media has one biggest advantage, which might not be wise to avoid. If you integrate your developed app with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, then more social media users will know there is such an app that exists, leading to more downloads.infographic-mobile-app-design-its-the-rule-of-thumbs(1)

5. Competition
Your app should compete with other play store apps. So you should think about, how do you develop an app which is different from others and why users should download this. Suppose if you are developing an ecommerce application, try to automate some features like auto filling data, OTP entering etc. So that it would be easy for users would feel less trouble and will get a good impression of an app.

6. Make it simple and avoid loads of features
If you are planning to load your app with way too many features, then it is not a good idea. You don’t want a unique features that can turn out to be bad. You don’t want users to give feedback that it is “messy”, “too much to do”, “still discovering its features”, “didn’t understand the app completely even after a month of download” etc. Instead go with easy features or user friendly features, which would compel users to use your app.  Surely you want to see good reviews on the review page.

7. Add customizing feature
Users love customizing features. Adding a few customizable features will make your app more appealing in comparison to an app that cannot be customized. Users should be capable of getting everything they choose, even if it’s an app. In fact, a customizable app are more in demand.

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How to increase patient engagement on a healthcare app?

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Patient facing mobile apps have emerged as a viable alternative to interact with patients and help them execute several tasks related to healthcare without reaching the hospital. Patients are now increasingly glued to these healthcare apps and their time spent on mobile devices has increased significantly. From communication and information to executing business through mobile apps have become a common thing.

Still, there is a lot of gap in the healthcare market. Marketers are struggling to gauge the true value of mobile apps for the bottom line of healthcare organizations. Especially in terms of the value of the app viz-viz the efforts, cost, and time it would take to become a useful and engaging healthcare app for the patient.

To help you increase the patient engagement on a healthcare app, here are a few crucial ways that you need to know. It will not only increase the engagement but will also help you meet your organizational goals at a faster pace.

1. Reduce Readmissions

Healthcare provider’s biggest pain point these days is to avoid readmission of preventable cases. It is crucial for healthcare organizations to reduce this number to enhance patient outcome and improve their revenue growth. Customized healthcare applications can assist hospitals in reducing the number of readmissions.

Here is how:

  • Offer personalized post-release information and instructions
  • Reminder for regular follow-up visits
  • Enforce stricter adherence to post-release prescription and regiment
  • Easier access to healthcare resources and information
  • Lesser cost and time of reaching out
  • Greater engagement to reduce readmission rates

2. Encourage Patients to Proactively Manage Their Health

Encouraging the patient to become proactive in managing their own health can help in improving the outcome and also enhance the reputation of your hospital. With easier access to the required resources and tools, patients are more likely to stay in touch with healthcare professionals and practice the wellness regimen. A properly optimized mobile app can deliver a better wellness experience to the patient and a greater sense of satisfaction.

Here is how an app can help the patient in managing their health proactively:

  • Keeps the patient informed and connected with relevant services
  • Encourages regular health tracking
  • Helps in developing healthy habits and exercises
  • Promotion of health education by streaming informations

3. Improve Trust and Build Relationships


Establishing trust between the patient and doctor is one of the difficult things that hospitals face. Due to long wait times, complex processes, or lack of communication between healthcare team; patients are not willing to attend healthcare appointments.

However, when you give all the relevant tools and information in the smartphone of the patient and empower them, the trust develops between the two parties and the patient proactively takes charge of their treatment. Hospitals can also gain competitive advantage by streamlining patient referrals and building stronger relationships with physicians.

Here is how apps can help:

  • You can provide access to a larger pool of specialists 
  • Help in easily accessing credentials, studies, and information from the mobile app
  • Recommend, network, and connect
  • Improve efficiency and workflow

4. Boost Brand Image and Reputation

Today patients can not be treated less than consumers. Hospitals are competing with each other to provide better care facilities and infrastructure at affordable prices. Hence, it has become crucial to achieve patient satisfaction and engagement. Through mobile apps, hospitals can make the existing information easily accessible along with brand awareness features including social media, photo galleries, virtual tours, and more.

Here is how mobile app can help:

  • Easier access to communication and information
  • Intuitive presentation of the hospital through immersive galleries
  • Stream ER wait time and other relevant information
  • Greater social media engagement

What more factors can increase engagement?

Several patients come to healthcare app once and then dump them after a few logins. One of the major reasons for such low engagement rates is that either the app is difficult to navigate or it is not immersive for the patient.

Consider these few points to make your app more engaging:

  • Customize the app as per the patient group. An app can appear differently to a child and an old age person. Develop an app that is easy to use for all users. Sit with your QA engineers to validate the functionality of your application thoroughly.
  • Build an app that is scalable and can be evolved over a period of time. Leave the possibility of enhancements and customizations that you would need in the future to keep the application viable.
  • It is a no brainer to give multiple options to your patients. Develop a cross-platform application that is compatible with both iOS and Android platforms and offers a rich user experience.

Wrapping Up

With the COVID-19 pandemic, people are more worried about visiting hospitals. Social distancing has become the norm and patients are more inclined towards telemedicine for their treatment. In such a tricky situation, it has become more crucial for hospitals to provide a robust, secure, and engaging mobile app to patients to interact with doctors, access information, and stay connected with the healthcare system.

About the Author

Erna Clayton is a techie with over 12 years of experience in several technological domains including quality assurance and software testing. In her free time, she loves travelling and writing on technology.

Further Readings:

  1. Building Consumer Trust in the Digital Healthcare Era
  2. HealthTech 101: How are Healthcare Technologies Reinventing Patient Care
  3. Virtual health: Delivering care through technology
  4. How Mobile Micro-Health Insurance can unlock ‘Digital for Bharat’?
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