Telemedicine App Development Cost and Key Features
“Provide virtual care to your patients anytime anywhere” this concept has delivered greater measurable value more than ever after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Post the corona outbreak, Telemedicine app has become the lifeblood of many governments, hospitals, ePharmacies and even corporates.
The surge in telemedicine app development amid the pandemic has given Doctors and healthcare organizations a well-suited platform in their employee wellness strategy.
From the many benefits the telemedicine app provides, the remote consultation is the Holy Grail protecting the patients and doctors from the virus transmission, while not disrupting the lockdown measures.
Telemedicine is a readily available solution bridging the gap between patients, physicians and health systems, enabling everyone especially symptomatic patients to stay at home and connect to the care providers virtually through online video calls, EMR/EHR, ePrescriptions, and medical data sharing.
The Urgent Need to Develop Telemedicine Apps
If at any point of time you think, consumer-friendly platforms like Skype, FaceTime and Whatsapp can help you take the video visits, then drop the idea now. These tools might be great for quick, one-off visits but they don’t integrate well with the health system’s telemedicine infrastructure and are bit cumbersome to provide remote care operationally.
Looking ahead, if the federal authorities passes any emergency with old rules and regulations, there likely won’t be any option remaining other than adopting it.
Furthermore, looking at the momentum at which telehealth is tackling the virus and chronic care management, other health and ancillary services are pushed aside.
What we as a telemedicine app development company are learning is the face of healthcare is changing permanently.
Study says, 72% of healthcare providers have adopted the use of telemedicine after the coronavirus hit and are now taking it as a new normal. There’s no going back.
Also, from a recent survey conducted of U.S patients, it was found that 84% of patients are more likely to select a provider that offers telemedicine over one that doesn’t.
‘WE … JUMPED FORWARD 10 YEARS ON THE ADOPTION CURVE’
It can be clearly concluded, healthcare practitioners have to deploy telemedicine quickly and see it as a long-term investment to provide urgent-care treatment and a better patient experience.
Source: BI intelligence
The Capabilities of Telemedicine App
Telemedicine has been a key pillar of technology-enabled care delivery that is helping healthcare organizations deliver quality care remotely and gain following efficiencies:
- Lowered costs
- Improved access to care
- Convenient and time efficient
- Slows down the spread of infection
For Healthcare Providers:
- Reduced overhead expenses
- Additional revenue streams
- Improves the quality of care delivery
- Less exposure to illness and infection
- Improves patient engagement and satisfaction
- Unified patient monitoring system
A recent study showed that with telemedicine, patients had:
- 38% fewer hospital admissions
- 31% fewer hospital re-admissions
- 63% more likely to spend fewer days in the hospital
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The Benefits Provided By Telemedicine Functionalities
- Store and forward facility helps in pre-screening patients living remotely
- Organize and collect patient data
- Identifying and tracking public health issues
- Some systems can improve data management through network databases and Electronic record keeping
- Enables the transfer of images as attachments
How to Develop Telemedicine App?
Key Features of Patient App
A patient can sign up via mobile number, email and social media channel for quick login. However, we would recommend a two-factor authentication which requires SMS, voice or phone verification. Since, the app carries private and sensitive healthcare data records.
Patients can create their profile by inserting information like name, age, gender, photo, past medical history, etc.
Patient can search doctors by filters like specializations, country and state, consultation fee, ratings, etc. They can also apply filters to sort doctors by fees i.e. (low to high and high to low).
Patients can view Doctors profile with details like photo, specialization, address, consultation fees, email, phone, available appointment slots.
Patients can book appointments as per Doctor’s availability. The appointment can be canceled or rescheduled. You can also ask your software vendor to segment the types of appointments on basis of priority like normal appointment for chronic care, instant appointment for urgent care.
The communication can be carried out via video or audio call, video conferencing, via chat or messaging and it can also be real-time or in-person consultation.
Patients can upload medical records like past medical history, prescriptions, lab tests, etc.
Patients can make secured online payments through multiple payment gateway integrations like cards, mwallet, net banking, etc.
Post treatment patients can leave review and rating of the doctor.
This is an advanced feature that allow patients to take in-app insurance. At Codiant, we use PokitDot insurance as it readily gets approved and enable patients to get real time benefits.
The app can remind patients of their upcoming appointments, bills, etc. via notifications which can be email notification, SMS notification and push notifications.
Key Features of Doctor App
Doctors can securely signup/login in the app through email, phone verification.
Doctors can create a schedule by selecting a date range, days, start and end time, duration of the appointment. They can also manage the calendar as per availability.
Doctors can set availability status to online/offline.
Doctor can receive appointment request, accept/reject an appointment and view upcoming appointments.
Doctor should be able to set type of consultation like video, audio and in-person for patient interaction. Doctor should also be enabled to take urgent type of appointment immediately.
Doctors can view patients’ profile, manage their reason for visit, and view past appointments along with other details like appointment time & date, fees, reason for visit, status of appointment- completed/ not accepted.
This feature allow doctors to send online prescription to patients which will be saved to either databases.
Doctors can receive notifications of their schedules or upcoming appointments with patients, payments received and more through email, SMS, and push notifications.
Doctors can manage their profile by adding their professional details, uploading picture, and updating fees.
In this feature, Doctors should be able to view their dashboard where they can see their no. of patients, total earnings, prescriptions and more. This should be kept personalized as per your specific requirement.
Key Features of Admin Panel
- Dashboard to view total no. of doctors and patients
- Ability to manage doctors (add/update/delete)
- Manage patients (view/edit/update/delete)
- Ratings and review management
- View reports and analytics
Technical Architecture for Telemedicine App Development
- Programming languages: Kotlin, Java (Android), Swift (iOS)
- Insurance verification: PokitDok
- ePrescription: EazyScript
- Video Conferencing: WebRTC
- Chat: Twilio, Socket.io
- Database: MySQL
- APIs and frameworks: Stripe, EC2, S3
Advanced Technologies Used in Telemedicine
Health technologies integrated with novel uses of data are transforming virtual care to the next level. Let’s look how we can leverage it for improving outcomes and achieving quality goals.
The many potential use cases of blockchain in healthcare has only enhanced healthcare operations. Blockchain technology is helping in securing patient healthcare records, optimizing health supply chain for pharmaceutical products, clinical trial management and making claim process easier.
2. Artificial Intelligence
Data-driven technology AI and Machine Learning has broad applicability in the healthcare industry. The potential effects of AI in healthcare includes managing medical data, tracing patient history, remote health monitoring through health trackers, medical imaging diagnosis and decision making through predictive analytics. Click here to explore in detail.
3. Big Data
Big data is helping healthcare organizations in collecting, analyzing and leveraging patient’s and clinical data. The data analytics helps to make strategic decisions and improve care personalization and efficiency at a greater extent.
Chatbots are assisting in physical patient care with medical queries, medication guidance, symptom checks, nutrition coaching, etc. The various healthcare apps using chatbots applications are Safedrugbot, Florence, Forksy, Izzy, Babylon Health and more.
5. Internet Of Things (IoT)
IoT enables healthcare professionals to be more watchful and connect with the patients proactively. It can track if patients are taking treatment plans properly and can also sense if they need urgent care or immediate medical attention.
Cost Estimation to Develop a Telemedicine App
To determine the cost to telemedicine app development, it is necessary to evaluate how the mobile app development company works for the software development process.
Like at Codiant, telemedicine app development is carried out in two different stages:
- Discovery phase
- Development phase
The elements of discovery phase include:
- Software architecture planning
- UI/UX design
- Project Management
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While the elements of development phase include:
- Native app development (iOS, Android)
- Quality assurance and testing
- Project management
- App deployment
- App maintenance
These stages of app development are break down into features and functionalities depending on your organizations goals, needs and budget.
A Ballpark Figure
A telemedicine app generally takes around 1300-1500 hours of development time with hourly rates that vary company to company ranging from $20/hr - $150/hr.
Nonetheless, this price is approximate as it depends upon your requirements, no. of features, third party API integration and the degree of complexity involved in developing it.
So, we would rather recommend to contact the mobile app development company and take an accurate project estimation.
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