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Mobile App Development Trends & Tools 2019

Mobile applications have become a culture for not just the millennials but even the older generations. I could still recall the past where a mobile phone was a luxury only because it allowed people to make a call when they were on the go. But, subsequently, with the advancement of the technology Smartphones, today are nothing less than a lifeline (not literally). They are not just a calling device anymore, but they have immense potential and the power to perform a million operations.

Mobile app development tools

Here are some of the Mobile App Development Trends to Watch in 2019 and beyond

1. Wearable devices and IoT

We already have health fitness bands that help to keep track of our exercise regime. But, now several other companies like Zomato and Uber have invested in wearable app development technology. These wearable devices get connected to your smartphone through Bluetooth and can be controlled through a mobile app.  IoT is also gaining traction with the idea of Smart homes becoming popular, and all of these need a mobile app for its management.

Next year there will be several new mobile applications that focus primarily on these.

2. Augmented Reality(AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)

A lot has already been said and heard about AR and VR. In the coming year, we can expect that mobile applications will leverage these technologies to the maximum to create an extraordinary user experience.

3. Cloud Integration

Cloud integrations bring with it a plethora of benefits such as reduced hosting costs, better storage, more loading capacity, user retention and many more.  These benefits around cloud environment are steadily becoming vivid, and in 2019 we will witness a bulge in mobile app development companies embracing this technology.

4. Instant Apps

As more and more users start using mobile applications they expect faster load times and at the same time tremendous user experience. The answer to this is instant apps. The instant application does not require any download and can be accessed instantly. So, by 2019 instant apps will be one of the ruling trends of mobile app development.

5. Predictive Analysis for better User Experience

Data collection and analytics is in the technology market for quite some time now. Several companies such as Facebook and Google are already using predictive analytics to improve the user experience, and the same will become part of mobile app development. App developers will use predictive analysis on a broad scale to create a breathtaking user experience.

6. Mobile App Security

We use mobile applications for everything from making payments to sharing personal data. When sharing of such sensitive information becomes a norm, then it is essential to protect this data from leaking and prevent any unauthorized activity.  The year 2019 will witness huge investment in cybersecurity to make the mobile application much safe and full-proof.

7. Mobile Commerce

We are all using mobile wallets such as Paytm and Google pay. It is quite a turn off when we are surfing through a mobile shopping application and cannot find a proper payment platform. So, businesses who want to offer a flawless user experience will need to integrate payment gateways as well as mobile wallets. Payment gateways and mobile wallets will become an integral part of mobile applications in 2019.

In the end, one cannot wholly unravel all the mobile application trends that will rule in 2019.  We can wait and see what else will come and change the entire dynamics of the smartphone industry.

If you want a recap, here are the links for what was happening in last year

Mobile app development trends in 2018

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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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