The Different Challenges that App Developers Face When Creating Medical Apps
Our mobile devices have become a very important part of our lives. We rely on these portable things to complete our every day, sometimes, mundane tasks.
We also use it for entertainment purposes, surfing the web, and it also allows us to set reminders for ourselves, among other things.
But, there is one niche, in particular, that can make use of mobile application and that is in the medical field.
Most mobile apps developed for medical practitioners are ones that make use of cloud technology- being able to sync and use data that is collected from their patients.
However, despite advances in technology, there are still some areas where such mobile apps fall short. In this article, I will delve deeper into the different challenges that app development companies face when creating medical applications.
- Results Are Not Always Reliable
During app development, one of the most important phases in it is the testing phase. This is where the app developer, along with some testers, will run the application into a gamut that will push the app to its limits.
This is to ensure that the final application will be as bug-free as possible- or so they thought. You see, current testing methods only make use of an application in a certain way and it doesn’t account for all mobile configurations, as well as, app usage scenarios.
Sure, they might have gotten a lot of people to test the application, but until it has been tested by millions of people, then and only then, can you say that the application is reliable.
There are even some instances where the mobile app developers rarely, if ever, have the time and money to sink in the testing phase because some companies want an application developed for them in a much faster and shorter timeframe.
- No Life-Saving Apps at the Moment
There are certainly some medical apps that are already being widely used in the world. But, despite the many varieties of such applications, the FDA still doesn’t declare any medical app to be of the “life-saving” variety.
The reasons are two-fold. One, the use of such medical apps might create troubles and glitches along the way (something that is a huge no-no when it comes to using medical mobile apps). Second, such mobile apps still only deliver a few useful features which means that they are still not robust enough, at least, in a life-saving sense.
- So Many Devices/Operating Systems
There are two prevailing mobile phone operating systems today: Android and iOS. On the Android platform alone, there are already plenty of different device configurations. Furthermore, an application that is created for one platform cannot work really well on another.
An app developer needs to create mobile applications that will work for either operating systems, but that can be a very time-consuming and resource-intensive endeavor.
Mobile app developers who create different medical apps should always run the app in a gamut of testing phases. This is to ensure that the app is glitch-free.
In addition, they should make the application available for all mobile operating systems out there.