One of the sectors that have gained popularity and will be in trend is the “Telemedicine” app or Doctor On Demand app. According to the Economic Times, the telehealth visits are going to rise to 1 billion visits this year from the previously projected figure of 36 million for 2020. Telemedicine has become the new normal in the healthcare sector due to the strict lockdown during the Covid-19. Since 2000, Teleconsultation is offered by doctors in India but it got a strong basis for development during Covid & post Covid 19 era. Telemedicine will bridge the gap between the lack of access to healthcare services & supply of healthcare professionals. Further, it will help to overcome the challenges of geographical boundaries and extend the medical services in Tier-2, Tier-3 cities, and rural areas where there are limited or no medical facilities.
The telemedicine app is the technology platform where the patient and doctors interact on the virtual platform. It indicates the communication tools that are used for remote healthcare delivery. The telehealth app is based on common video chat technology that helps to access healthcare services within the comfort of the home. It updates healthcare delivery services to meet the demands of the modern target audience. Some of the best telemedicine apps in India are- MD Live, Lemonaid, LiveHealth Online Mobile, Plushcare, etc.
Online Video conference
It is one of the most common telemedicine apps in which the patient and doctors can see each other via camera devices. It involves the usage of phone and video calls for consultation. The patients are sometimes aware of the symptoms and they need confirmation of the diagnosis. So, it becomes convenient for the patients to just make an appointment on the app instead of visiting the hospital. Some of the common scenarios where this app comes in handy:
- Follow up consultations
- Pharmaceutical advice
- Mental therapy and consultations
- Remote Nursing Consultations
- Regular monitoring Sessions
- Monitoring post-injury recovery
Remote Patient Monitoring
This applies to patients who already have a treatment plan. The patients can send a message to the doctors about the queries they have. The doctors can solve the queries on the app and monitor them on regular basis.
I-o-T Based App
Internet of Things is a renowned technology that involves the usage of smart devices in numerous ways, including the medical field- remote patient monitoring. Technical devices are used for measuring blood pressure, heart rate levels, sugar levels, oxygen levels, and other clinical parameters. The information recorded can be automatically updated or manually updated by customers according to the features of the app. This helps to keep doctors continuously updated about the patient’s medical condition.
This app works based on the patient’s Electronic Health Record. The physicians can review the patient’s medical history and give prescriptions based on it. So the only thing user has to do is apply for a prescription and they can go to pharmacists with printed prescriptions on their devices.
Do you want to know more about telemedicine application development? The first thing that comes to mind while telemedicine app development is the features of the app. You understand these features will determine the uniqueness of the app. So make sure these features are amazing.
The features are of telemedicine apps are divided into two parts- Physician Side and Patient Side. Let us understand the features in detail-
Firstly, the sign-in feature should be simple and really quick. There should be multiple sign-in options such as mobile number, email id, social media accounts, etc. Weingenious Technocrats provides a two-point verification via SMS or E-mail for the registration of new customers.
After registration, the user has to set up a personal profile. The user has to share details such as name, gender, and address. They have to submit their medical history and previous reports according to health issues. This is necessary because it helps the doctor to understand the patient’s medical situation and make the patient’s profile.
To maintain the privacy and security of the information, we design the app in such a way that patient’s information can be accessed by the doctor and the patient only.
Customized Search and Filter options
Our customized search and filter options help the user to find the right doctor according to a medical issue, doctor’s specialization, experience, rating, etc.
Further, video conferencing is the most critical feature of the telemedicine app. So, we make sure we deliver it best. We integrate high audio and video quality solutions so the doctor can understand all medical symptoms clearly.
The doctors are usually busy because of their tight schedules. So they can’t take calls frequently. Thus, we integrate a chatbot system in which the patients send text messages to doctors that can be answered in their spare time.
Secure Payment options
The users trust an online app if it provides a secure payment gateway solution. It can be a custom payment service or a third-party system. Customer convenience and security should be kept in mind while deciding the payment options.
Push Notifications helps to remind the users of upcoming appointments, messages from doctors, and other important updates.
The doctor’s rating will help the user to find a trustworthy physician/doctor. The user can give a rating and leave a comment after consulting a doctor which is public. It will help the doctors to improve their performance and refrain them from adopting illegal practices.
Nearby Medical Stores
The patients can look for nearby medical stores, drugstore, or pharmacies through the app and shop for the required items.
The patients can check out for nearby doctors, physicians, or nurses through the app and book appointments according to the availability and medical issues.
So these were the features of the patient’s side of the telemedicine app. In addition to these features, we can also integrate features according to your requirements.
The doctor/physician side has some specific features. These features will help to store patient’s information systematically. So, the features for doctors/ physician are-
This feature helps the doctors to register themselves and update their profile, medical certifications, areas of specialization, etc.
The app provides the admin right to the doctor. The doctors can schedule the appointments in the patient’s calendar. If the patient wants to prepone or postpone the appointment, they can leave feedback and the doctor will revert to it. The doctors have their calendar where they can review all the appointments.
Review of Patient’s medical history
The doctor can access the personal profile of the patient’s medical history and understand the patient’s medical condition in advance. It will help the doctors to do profiling as well.
The other features like ChatBot, Ratings, Video Conferencing, etc remain the same for the patient and doctor version of the Telemedicine app.
Further, let’s dive into the process of telemedicine application development.
You might have certain questions in mind like- How do I make a telemedicine app? What are the requirements for telemedicine? What is the best telemedicine app?
Follow these simple steps and you will get all your answers.
Determine the app idea
To build a successful on demand application, the Why behind the app should be clear. You must be able to answer two questions- Why you want to develop the app? How will you solve an existing gap that exists in the market? You need to identify the gap that exists between medical facilities and the patients. Then think about how your app can bridge this gap and effectively solve the problem. The “Why” or idea behind the app should be identified and evaluated from various angles.
Conduct Market Research
Secondly, do some market research to identify your target audience, their needs, occupation, income levels, preferences, etc. Conduct competitor to understand the market leaders, their strengths, weaknesses, market share, reviews, ratings, etc. This will help you to gain an idea about the level of competition and how you can differentiate your product offerings.
Select the Telemedicine app features
Thirdly, it’s time to select the app features you want in your app according to your idea and target audience. This step involves the selection of functionalities & features to be integrated into the app.
Develop the app
Now, it’s time to develop the app. You see developing an app requires technical expertise. So hire the perfect team for telemedicine application development.
Test the app
Once, the prototype of the telemedicine app is ready, it is time to test the app. Identify all the bugs and errors and fix them for the smooth functioning of the app.
Its time to do schedule appointments
Finally, your app is ready to go live.
Thus this was the process of developing a successful telemedicine app for your business.
The telemedicine app industry is growing at a higher rate. There are various opportunities to monetize these apps due to high demand. If you are planning to develop a telehealth app, then there is no better time than now. Reach out to us & take first step towards entering this market and dive into the development of a successful telemedicine app for your business.
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