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The market for health apps is growing rapidly. There are thousands of healthcare applications for both consumers and healthcare professionals on the App Store and Google Play. Wonder if it’s worth creating a healthcare mobile app? The short answer is yes.

The future of healthcare mobile app development

It’s no secret that advanced technologies have revolutionized the healthcare industry. Today, patients are using personal healthcare apps more than ever for health advice, video call examinations, e-prescriptions, etc.

What technology is used in mobile healthcare apps?

Part of developing a business around a technology boom is understanding what is currently relevant and what technology is growing in the space. Below are some trends in mobile healthcare app development you should be aware of in 2021.

Artificial intelligence

AI is integral to most major healthcare app systems. Diagnostics, treatment, analyzing data from medical records, and drug development are just a few high-level examples. It not only helps startups automate processes but integrating it into mobile app development can help minimize errors and streamline solutions for healthcare providers.

Blockchain technology

Yes, you read that right. Blockchain is not only changing the fintech industry, but it is also revolutionizing the healthcare industry. Integrating blockchain technology into healthcare mobile apps enables doctors and patients to share and store sensitive data at low risk. In other words, it ensures high-level security and confidentiality of patient data on healthcare apps.

Virtual reality

In healthcare, Virtual Reality solutions are transforming patient lives and how doctors work. VR-based mobile applications provide aid during the treatment of different diseases (autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, phobias, etc.). In addition, VR-based apps help future doctors practice and plan surgical procedures.

The potential for VR in the healthcare sector is huge. VR will be used more and more to improve patients’ lives and physicians’ work.

Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT has already penetrated the healthcare sector and transformed medical practices. IoT enables doctors to monitor patient’s health continuously and make recommendations accordingly. On top of that, by connecting a special medical device to a smartphone, users can constantly monitor health data like blood pressure, blood sugar levels, heart rate, etc. Cool, right?


Telemedicine offers many advantages over traditional healthcare visits, but until recently, no one seemed to talk about the benefits of telemedicine apps. Then the need for remote appointments, medical care, and clinical visits changed all that, making telemedicine more important than ever.

1. Market research

  • What type of healthcare mobile app am I going to build?
  • What problem will the app solve?
  • Who will use it and why?
  • Who are my competitors? What do they offer?
  • How will my app be different from other medical apps?

2. Determine what platforms and mHealth technologies to use

iOS or Android? Hmm, it’s not an easy choice. In fact, deciding whether to build an app for Android or iOS depends on several factors: your audience, app features, project timeline, budget, etc.

3. Create an MVP

Building a healthcare mobile app can take years — seriously. The good news is that you can begin with a minimum viable product (MVP), get your product to market quicker, and minimize development costs..

4. Test your new healthcare app before launch

Medical apps should be easy to use, simple to understand, and most importantly, they should ensure high-level security and confidentiality of patient data (aka be compliant with HIPAA in the USA and GDPR in Europe)..