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Medicine adherence is a major challenge for healthcare services. Patients often have trouble remembering to take their Medicine at the right time and dosage, which can have serious implications on their health. It’s estimated that more than one-third of patients with chronic conditions don’t follow instructions when taking their Medicines. This puts them at increased risk of developing secondary illnesses, such as contracting pneumonia from untreated asthma or unnecessary hospitalization due to undiagnosed diabetes. Medicine delivery apps are designed to make it easier for users to take their Medicine according to schedule and dosage instructions by integrating reminders, tracking capabilities, and other features into a single app.
They help patients to record their doses, monitor side effects and side effect management, alert caregivers if dangerous interactions occur between Medicines (such as drinking alcohol), track adherence patterns over time, suggest changes in dosage in real-time based on usage history, and much more. Read on to learn more about the costs and features involved in building a Medicine delivery app:
The Basics of Building a Medicine Delivery App
There are two primary considerations when building a Medicine delivery app: the user interface (UI) and the backend development. The UI is the part of the app that users interact with daily. It’s responsible for delivering information, processing input from users, and providing feedback in the form of pop-ups, alerts, and push notifications. The backend of the app houses all of the data for the app, including user data, dosage schedules, and logs of recorded events. It’s responsible for securely storing data, serving it as needed to the UI, and responding to user requests.
The cost of developing a Medicine delivery app varies based on the functionality, size of the development team, and complexity of the project. Generally, it’d cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000. Keep in mind that this is just a ballpark estimate based on average industry figures – actual costs may vary. The more sophisticated the app and additional features, the higher the cost of development will be. It’s important to work with a company that can provide transparency on their development costs and features to help you select a solution that best meets your needs. You’ll also want to consider any additional costs associated with hosting the app.
Tracking and Monitoring Features
All Medicine delivery apps should offer some type of tracking and monitoring functionality – if not, they’re not true Medicine delivery apps. This functionality helps users to record and follow dosage instructions, record side effects, and their management, and track adherence patterns over time. The tracking and monitoring features of your Medicine delivery app should make it easy to enter dosage instructions for each Medicine, what time the dosage should be taken, and how often it’s supposed to be taken (e.g., daily, weekly, etc.). You should be able to add multiple Medicines to the app using a single interface.
Communication and Safety Features
Communication and safety features are critical to the success of your app. They allow users to send messages to caregivers, experts, loved ones, and other people who are responsible for their care. It’s a good idea to offer communication features such as text, voice, video, and email. You should also consider adding safety features that allow users to input medical information necessary to administer first aid in the event of an emergency, such as allergies and medical conditions, blood type, and other information. These types of features can save lives if a serious allergic reaction occurs, or if a severe medical condition is overlooked or misdiagnosed.
Medicine delivery apps are big business. There are currently more than 50 million patients in the US alone who could potentially benefit from such solutions. The problem is, many of them don’t even realize it. That’s why it’s so important to market your app and let people know it exists. Building a successful app and reaching as many potential customers as possible won’t be easy. It will take a lot of time and money. That’s why it’s so important to find the right partner who can help you design the best solution possible.