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Telemedicine is the distribution of healthcare services and information using electronic devices and telecommunication technologies. Telehealth refers to remote patient care practices.
What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the remote delivery of medical services (e.g., patient monitoring and consultations) and the interactions of medical professionals with one another by means of telecommunications technologies. The telemedicine technology allows a real-time direct audio-video dialogue between doctors, a patient, and their relatives. Telemedicine options include: tele-consultation, tele-education, tele-mentoring and home telemedicine. Telehealth has gained new significance and active development with the beginning of the pandemic.

Examples of physician-patient telemedicine interactions: transmission of test results or findings, and consultations in the telemedicine app.
Examples of doctor-patient interactions: the use of electronic information, integrated digital and telecommunication technologies and telemedicine software to exchange data between doctors, as well as for the management of medical education, healthcare, and medical services.
Benefits of telemedicine -
situations, in which telemedicine can be helpful:
  • A trip to a hospital is long and difficult and waiting for a doctor on duty is long; or a patient lives in a rural area and needs a consultation from a specialist who works in the city;
  • An issue seems fairy harmless or unimportant and a person is not prepared to spend the whole day to handle it, but wants to get confirmation from a doctor that there is nothing to worry about;
  • Hospitals are too busy because of an emergency or natural disaster, so it is impossible to get help there for a minor illness or a chronic issue – a typical situation during the last two years hit by the COVID pandemic;
  • Because of a lockdown, it is undesirable to go out and even more so to communicate with doctors, who have contacted with many sick people;
  • An ailment appeared suddenly while a person is on a business trip or visits another country where it is impossible to get qualified help or engage an experienced interpreter who can explain all the details;
  • A second or even a third opinion is needed for a complicated case.
The telemedicine technology empowers doctors and patients to communicate in real time. Sessions can take place anywhere. A patient and a specialist call each other using specialized videoconferencing systems. They can not only see and hear each other but also exchange text and graphic data. For example, a patient can see their X-ray image. The most typical area to use telemedicine is psychotherapy. Most areas do not require physical contact, and many patients feel more comfortable and free when they do not have to visit a doctor.

Remote patient monitoring is the second most popular type of telemedicine. It is often needed to monitor elderly people who are unable to walk to the nearest clinic or cannot take care of themselves.
In addition, remote monitoring is needed to monitor the health of patients who require regular check-ups, as well as the condition of workers in hazardous industries.

Working in conjunction with wearable devices, smartphone apps, and using wireless networks, telemedicine has the potential to improve a doctor's follow-up of patients in many ways.

Check out the mobile app allowing users to quickly book a video consultation call for general inquiries, that we have built.
How to develop a telemedicine application?
If you are a private practice physician who dreams of having your own personal app or a small clinic that wants to increase the loyalty and accessibility of remote medical care for patients through its telemedicine app, or a hospital eager to automate medical processes, or maybe you're a medtech startup looking for an MVP development to test the market. In any case this information is for You.

Telemedicine applications help to improve medical services in the most efficient way possible.

You will
  • Increase patient satisfaction
  • Provide broad patient coverage
  • Organize effective monitoring
  • Keep all medical records in one place
  • Increase efficiency
  • Increase revenue

First of all, when developing a healthcare application, it is necessary to understand the purpose of its creation. There can be many types and topics of telehealth add-ons. What needs will it cover, what problems will it solve? Is it a fitness application, a medication delivery service, or an electronic office for a clinic patient? All further development will depend on these factors.

The second step is identifying the target audience. It's not just people who will use the app. This is a whole market, segmented by many factors: country of residence, age, education, average income and more. Researching and understanding the queries of the target users is extremely important. You need to decide on the region where the app will be available, because there can be a huge difference in the size of the audience, their needs and local rules.

Depending on the characteristics of the target users, the functionality will also vary. For example, for patients it may be the ability to find a doctor and make an appointment, the availability of a personal profile to keep a medical history, a form for feedback, etc. As for pharmaceutical apps, their main features will be databases of medications, search forms and filters, categories of drugs, the ability to compare them by various characteristics (active ingredient, price, etc.).

Before you start developing, you need to study the market and assess the competitors.

During the healthcare app development process, you should answer the following questions:

  • Is the app user-friendly?
  • Is it accessible?
  • Is it fit for purpose?
  • Is it HIPAA compliant?
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How much does it cost to create a medical app?
As a healthcare app development company, we have experience with various projects in this field. However, it is difficult to make predictions about the exact cost of developing a medical app, because much depends on its design and feature set. The development process takes about 1200 hours, testing takes 300 hours. There are also many minor processes or problems with medical apps, as well as bugs that will also take time to solve. Therefore, the total development time is up to 2,000 hours or even more. The cost of creating a mobile healthcare app ranges from $20,000 to $100,000.

Also there are several decisive factors that can help in estimating value:

  • The application development partner you hire to design and develop the application
  • Application development tools, platform and technology stack
  • Whether you need an MVP or a fully developed application

wearable devices

Wearable devices have found numerous applications in healthcare ranging from physical to mental diseases. Different types of wearables are used to provide a better care for patients.
Medical IoT refers to the use of medical devices to deliver medical services. It relies on a wide variety of technologies – from applications and sensors to artificial intelligence and machine learning that are changing traditional medical practices. Bluetooth or NFC devices can be used for advanced diagnostics, real-time patient monitoring, robotic surgery, and remote health monitoring, among others. It has also simplified healthcare by putting smart devices into the hands of the consumer, enabling them to monitor their own health and report when they notice that something is wrong.

The increasing number of wearable medical devices, such as skin patches and sugar level meters, are shifting the focus of medical care from the hospital setting to home. They enable remote health monitoring, as well as diagnosis and in some cases even treatment, using Bluetooth and NFC data transmission technologies. These devices can markedly enhance preventive medicine. This is especially true for those who suffer from chronic diseases. Because of the high energy efficiency of low-power Bluetooth, these devices can last for years with a small button battery.

Wearable medical devices vary greatly in form and function, but what they have in common is their ability to use wireless networks, which allows these devices to be used without much discomfort. At the same time, wireless connectivity, especially Bluetooth, makes it possible to connect to these devices by using smartphones and analyze their readings with self-diagnostic apps or with family or caregivers.

Bluetooth wearables have taken over the market for connected devices, from fitness trackers to smartwatches, blood glucose monitors, and pulse oximeters. In a wave of innovation in wearable devices, more and more monitoring equipment is entering the market that can support medical diagnosis and care. As a result, Bluetooth is increasingly being used to replace wired devices in recovery rooms, operating rooms, and intensive care units. IoMT devices will eventually lead to the formation of smart hospitals. These are medical facilities with automation at their core. Everything will be optimized and digitized, from disease diagnosis to inventory management.

Hospital automation solutions

By automating healthcare processes, hospitals can enhance clinical precision, reduce human error, improve patient satisfaction, and increase practice productivity.
Automation helps to centralize control at a medical institution and create a unified information space for a company, as well as to streamline the work of the registration office and the admission department; automatically keep an electronic record of all activities; offer advanced patient database search; ensure fast scheduling of staff employment and analyze staff availability; keep several medical records for one patient; optimize inventory control and generate regulated and management reporting.
The system is limited only by your imagination.

Automation solutions will improve the level of service for your patients, making it convenient, fast and of high quality.
Automation solutions for medical institutions
  • Outpatient
    • Referring patients to medical departments
    • Keeping personalized records of medical care provided
    • Forming the register of services, transactions with legal entities, insurance companies
    • Drawing up, printing and record keeping of flow of certificates of incapacity for work
    • Exchanging data with the facility (doctors’ working hours, making appointments, patients’ personal accounts)
  • Inpatient
    • Automating hospital registration
    • Recording patients: arrivals, hospitalized, rejected, discharged
    • Bed pool accounting and analysis of its operation
    • Placement and transfer of patients, bed reservations
    • Receiving online information about the patient flow
    • Record of supplied medical services
    • Generation of management and regulated reports
  • Pharmacy
    • Accounting of drug procurement and turnover
    • Analytical accounting and reporting by classification
    • Drug inventory
    • Support of external equipment: acquiring, data collection terminals, barcode scanners, electronic scales, etc
    • Generation of regulated accounting reports
Hospital automation results
  • Increase in the speed of service delivery by up to 25%
    By automating patient appointments and reducing the time doctors spend on documentation (protocols, consents)
  • Generation of a single electronic medical record
    Generation of a single electronic medical record of a patient with the data from all outpatient cards
  • Automatic generation of doctors' schedules
    Enabling uniform distribution of workload and accounting of working hours
  • Ensuring reliable inventory control
    Medical supplies and materials, their timely replenishment
  • Accurate accounting of payments
    with patients, suppliers, legal entities, insurance companies
  • Generation of regulatory and management reports
    Quick and error-free

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The HF-Solution team includes highly qualified software developers, BA, QA engineers, UX/UI designers, and software architects.
We have more than 300 professionals onboard. Each member of the team has at least five years of experience.
If you need a healthcare app development company we can help you at every stage - from healthcare project management and analytics to full-cycle web or mobile healthcare application development and implementation of telemedicine solutions to hospitals as well as automation of business processes.
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