Why Medical App?
The answer is pretty obvious: because. Because of convenience. Because of rapidity. Because of portability. People with different sicknesses all over the world need them as much as hospitals do. Medical apps provide a vast space of opportunities for designers and developers. And, finally, we do not live in Dinosaur Age, do we?
Modern medicine provides a huge amount of mobile app services, that simplify the medical supplies and doctors’ search, help to clarify disease and even show human body’s organs using AR technology.
There are numerous innovative mobile applications appearing in medical sphere. All of them undoubtedly have benefits for patients with different patterns of diseases and, accordingly, have their own specific features. This subject is close to App2World — we had a UX/UI design experience for several superior projects, like CardioQvark and Pulsir. And without too much modesty, we declare that we’ve succeeded in it.
UX or UI
App2World insists on the importance of UX design for this sort of applications. Without decreasing UI experience, let’s figure out how medical application design works. In the end, decisions made in UX are actually UI decisions.
Questions to make and Steps to take
Final scenario should contain answers to UX questions such as:
- Who is target user? Drawing common portrait, forecasting expectations.
- What should application deliver to user? Define value of the end-product.
- What medical problems target audience might have? Analyzing medications people take and how these meds are served.
- How many devices people might use for this app? Don’t forget that tablet and iPhone are used differently.
- What can we do to simplify the usage of the app? Reducing unnecessary steps, eliminating the typing.
- How does the regular usage should look like? What happens when patient using it wrong and how to bring him back on a “happy path”?
- How to use it in vacation? Handling of an application while traveling.
- What about requirements for elder people? Think about audience with visual, sound and manual disadvantages.
- How to make app’s health advice look authoritatively? You should make it look believable to make people follow the advice instead of ignoring it.
- Who will pay for device? Motivations and opportunities depending on who or what organization will actually buy it.
Summarizing, these clauses are core in developing really worthwhile medical app. The final product should be trustworthy, convenient, encouraging, as realistic as possible.
Famous Medical Apps in 2017
- ‘Buoy’, the Symptom Checker. This application was created by medical student of Harvard. The purpose of program is to diagnosis person’s illness without creating panics and fake diseases. It is a free app, that has it’s chatbot, which asks politely about particular bothering symptoms to build up common scene. Application points to a potential cause of your bad feeling or recommends visiting the doctor immediately.
- ‘Kardia Mobile’, ‘CardioQvark’ and other applications that help people manage cardiovascular diseases. Developer from the Silicon Valley built up an AI device, that diagnoses atrial fibrillations with fingertips and transfers them directly to smartphone. Similar device was made in Russia and it consists of special sensors on iPhone’s cover. These revolutionary devices not only help patients to take care of heart’s health but to be in touch with attending doctor constantly.
- ‘The Beats Medical’ — application that helps people with Parkinson disease. This is the solution of Ciara Clancy who has been already awarded as an Ireland’s best young entrepreneur. The app produces sound or a beat from smartphone that helps patient to control his moves and speech. It provides individual physiotherapy and contains a bunch of professional exercises.
- ‘Dementia Guide Expert for Families’, an app that clarifies everything you wanted to know about dementia illness. This free app was developed by researchers from College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy, Chicago. Application helps people to notice first warning signs of the disease. It describes all stages, risks, treatment and management tips, including links to external resources and service centers.
- Virtual Reality Medical Applications. There are numerous VR apps, that helps patients, doctors and students worldwide. Taking over the healthcare system, it transforms medicine, improving surgical learning and teaching process, reduces stress, treats people with mental health problems by exposing their worst fears and so on. Application called ‘Farmoo’ relieves cancer patients from pain by diving them into the game during chemotherapy. “DEEP” helps people to meditate after a hard day by teaching them how to breathe deeply.
We all getting ill from time to time. But what to do, if the illness is chronic or unexpected? It is a great idea to produce an app which will make life simpler and bring relief to the man in need. And, of course, medical app is a specific area for design or development which has special requirements.