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7 Tips to Consider When Developing a Medical App: From Integration to Security

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As Featured in the SoPE Newsletter

Creating a medical app is no easy task. There are many stages of development that can influence the final result of your product. As a medical entrepreneur, investing your money wisely is crucial. Choosing the right software developers can also impact the success of your product. In this article, I have selected 7 valuable tips for the development of your medical app. I hope some of my advice can guide you, let me know in the comments what you think!

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  1. We are now in the Age of the Hybrid Mobile App

Up to this point, most medical entrepreneurs have to decide which platform to invest their money (IOS, Windows, Android or MacOS).  Today, hybrid apps allow developers to write code on one platform with minimal effort and port it into another. I believe this is a key factor for any medical entrepreneur. No matter what device users use, the app will look and feel the same with great functionality.  Many aspects of hybrid app development are similar to Native apps. But what I like most about hybrid apps are how they are better at preserving time and capital for the stakeholders. By leveraging hybrid apps, developers can share a backend. This will bring the app to market faster and reduce overhead costs. 

  1. EMR integration – New options

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) integration is a required for many medical apps. Integrating the EMR with the data in apps have been problematic for developers. Some EMR’s charge developers to connect to their system. Others will not cooperate without requesting permission from specific medical organizations. Startups like Redox may be instigating change. Currently, Redox is offering a Health IT Interoperability API to over 120 apps. This will help coordinate data with other EMR providers.

  1. Mobile-minded from the Start

Funding challenges and the desire to get an excellent beta version in the hand of testers means many startups begin with web-only solutions. Web-only solutions are certainly acceptable in the beginning as you develop your platform. But be aware that most users expect access to the site through their mobile device. As I mentioned before, hybrid apps allow developers the flexibility to focus on a website first and then go back later and make a mobile solution. Mobile accessibility is now an essential part of your app development. According to comScore, “71% of American’s mobile minutes are spent online.”

  1. Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and your Future Releases

The MVP is the most basic product that functions in a production setting. It is the core purpose of the app. But it is important not to place all of your funds into the MVP because more work remains. A crucial aspect of the MVP technique is receiving customer feedback. All software should be considered as a work in progress. You should gear the product to what the customer truly desires. Do not assume what they want with a single wish list of expensive, potential features. To find out more about how to adapt to your customer’s need read this article about customer personas.  

  1. mobile-ux-ui-design-1030x532-1030x532 UI/UX focused – World Class Usability, or it won’t be Used

User Interface/ User Experience are two software design specialties that make your customers enjoy using your application and return for more. Your application needs to have a comparable experience to the best the web offers. Branding, clarity, and ease of use will impact your customer and profitability. 

  1. Develop Iteratively

The world delivers the best software via iterations.  By iterations, I mean to build a product, get people to use it, then slowly add features. The best way to manage this process is through Agile Software development practices. The Agile program is a simple management system that helps your developers deliver working code in a repeatable fashion. Before the development effort starts, I recommend that you take the time to learn more about agile developmentIf you are interested in reading more, I recommend this book:  The Art of Agile Development.

  1. Security and HIPAA Compliance- PHI= HIPAA

For your medical app, security is a priority, not only due to medical regulations but threats of malware and ransomware. Hence, there are many security requirements which creators must fulfill in order to publish their content. For example, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) compliance and FDA registration for a medical device.

-HIPAA compliance:

If you gather, store or send protected medical information, you need to be HIPAA compliant. You need to plan for encryption, protected data centers, high levels of security, etc. While there are platforms to support you, including Amazon’s cloud infrastructure via Aptible, it is your responsibility to ensure that your team is implementing the proper protocols.

-FDA Registration:

The FDA has rules on their site on what makes up a medical device and what does not. It is important to become familiar with both sets of rules and build the appropriate capabilities from the very beginning. You can find out more by reading through FDA’s regulations here.

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Constructing a medical app goes far beyond budgeting wisely, and balancing grant funds. If you take your time, make smart decisions, and consistently get advice from those who have been successful, you will be well on your way.  I wish you the best of luck, as you start developing your application! If you have any more questions email us at info@bytelion.com

 

The Generational Shift in Staffing–How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

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The youngest of the baby boomers are now in their fifties, and the largest population of workers is now comprised of Gen X and Gen Y. The most recent group to the workforce, the millennials, now represent over a third of the US workforce. With this great influx of technology-savvy workers, the days of cubicle farms filled with huge desktops are numbered. Millennials that are entering your workforce are not just looking for a paycheck, they need to be convinced that you are the right fit for their needs. How does your company look in their eyes?

Mobile first and upgrade your Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)

Reaching millennials will need to be lead by a mobile-first strategy. Mobile devices are here to stay, and job candidates want to use what is in their hand to conduct their lives and their work. All customer-facing interactions need to be on par with the latest technology trends. Your main website has to be mobile responsive, and any recruiting efforts need to have the feel of a native app. Millennials need to feel that you represent what they want, seamless, intuitive communication, and the best current technology. Ask yourself, if they are tempted to apply, is this process an easy one? 

Clunky mobile apps lead to far higher rates of non-submitted applications. How does your site compare to others that millennials may also be looking at? Once they have applied, will your ATS weed out the best or the worst? Have you considered going a step further and introducing an A.I. platform to help find the best candidates? We are now at the point where those organizations using the best tech will gather the best talent to their groups, leaving the rest to apply to organizations with less sophisticated systems.

Maximize your employee referrals.

Current employees often find the best new hires. They sell the company and culture better than any recruiter, ensuring an excellent fit and long-term commitment. How can you assist in this process? Incentive offers buried deep in the HR tab of your intranet are not very helpful. Modernize the effort by bringing attention to recruiting programs on your homepage with a link to open positions, and introduce new ways of connecting their social networks to your recruitment efforts. Have an active, pay-based referral program and pay well for hired referrals. Even consider a repeating annual payment for each hire an employee has brought in. This small annual incentive will keep attention on recruiting efforts.

Engage the applicant

Once interested, how do you get an applicant to commit to your organization? Email is no longer the only way to communicate and is becoming slightly dated. Take advantage of the tools candidates are already using. A quick video call or a Facebook message can provide the necessary interaction to capture the candidate’s focus. Are you capturing their preferences in the application process?

Staffing strategies have to evolve as the candidates evolve, and successful past efforts will not cut it as the needs of the employees change. Staying ahead of the curve means transitioning to methods that get you the best hires. Strong mobile technology, improved ATS, and a turbocharged referral system would find you the most qualified individuals.