Healthcare apps development: types, examples, and features

The industry of mHealth is up and running and there are now over 350,000 digital healthcare apps available to consumers in the App Stores. There are numerous mobile medical apps for different purposes, including health data analytics, appointment booking, telemedicine, and even meditation – yes, the healthcare industry is expanding by leaps and bounds. 

With such diversity, you can use your device, not only for tracking the number of calories burned, but also to receive consultation from a medical specialist or predict various medical conditions. 

If you are looking for a healthcare app idea for further healthcare apps development, you are in the right place. Below we list the most prominent healthcare apps for doctors and patients with examples and explain how to make the mHealth app compatible with essential regulations across the globe. 

But first, let’s take a quick look at the healthcare apps market and healthcare providers. 


How To Make A Medical App In 2022: The Ultimate Guide

mHealth market overview and trends

Healthcare mobile apps revolutionize the way patients receive medical treatment and monitor their medical conditions. Building a health app develops accordingly.

  • Statistics show that there are currently over 325, 000 health-related mobile health apps now presented on app marketplaces. 
  • Statista reports, in 2020, the healthcare app market is expected to reach 60 billion U.S. dollars. 
  • 60% of mobile device users downloaded a mHealth app to their device. 
  • As for healthcare mobile app trends, mobile fitness apps are more popular among Android users (39% of download), while iOS users prefer using health-oriented medical apps (62% of downloads), that are convenient to use via Apple Watch. 
  • At the same time, mobile healthcare apps increased productivity among medical staff and clinicians, and are expected to save over $200 billion on remote patient monitoring. 
mHealth market statistics

Now that you are aware of the main mHealth app market trends and stats, let’s find out more about the healthcare app development process so you will know how to build a healthcare app.

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Steps of healthcare app development services

Step 1. Choose your technological partner among healthcare software development companies

When choosing the best healthcare dev company, consider previous projects, client reviews, and the company’s tech expertise. Develop a healthcare app is a process that will take more than a month, so it is very important that both the contractor and the customer feel comfortable.

Step 2. Ask developers for a quote to create a healthcare app

Fill in the contact form to schedule a meeting with a business development manager to clarify more details of your project. 

Step 3. Receive a rough estimate on medical app development

Based on the project’s details, a business analyst, project manager, and solutions architect will create a rough estimation for your project and send it to you. 

Step 4. Launch the inception phase with a team of healthcare app developers

When you agree on the initial estimation, healthcare app developers will clarify more details on your project to create user stories, mockups, and wireframes.  

Step 5. Start the healthcare software development process

When you agree on all deliverables of the inception phase, the team (tech stack) will start healthcare mobile application development iteration by iteration.


Types of mobile health apps

There are different types of medical apps aimed at various end-users, including healthcare professionals, labs, and patients, which impact their features, some integrations, and the degree of data security required. Let’s talk about the most popular healthcare apps.

Professional healthcare app

Targeted at medical personnel, such apps include patient data, such as name, date of birth, insurance number, address, and so on. Thus, when launching a professional healthcare development process, you need to make a healthcare app HIPAA compliant and pay extra attention to private data encryption to avoid data breaches. mHealth apps for medical specialists include the following types:

Clinical communication apps

Such health apps are developed to improve clinical decision-making and communication with clinical specialists in a particular hospital. They include messaging and voice chat, file sharing, and electronic health record systems. 

One example of such a healthcare app is Halo, a communication, and collaboration platform for clinical specialists, which includes the following features:

  • Send physicians and nurses Lab and PACS results
  • Integrate with EHR (electronic health records) to edit patient records in real-time 
  • Store files on a cloud-based platform, Amazon Web Services
Clinical communication app

Patient communication apps

This type of healthcare app boosts customer satisfaction, loyalty, health outcomes, and provides more transparency between patients and doctors. 

That is how the EASE mobile app works, offering users the following features: 

    • Invite relatives to the network within the healthcare app to keep them informed about updates
    • Include HIPAA compliant texts, photos, and videos that will self-destruct after 60 seconds
    • Send premade bulk messages to patients and their families to keep them informed 
    • Prohibit saving files, texts, or other documents from the healthcare app to the device to ensure patient privacy and avoid data breaches

Ease mobile app

Medical record apps

Such health apps simplify updating patient records, including blood pressure, medical visits, examinations, prescriptions, and other information to keep track of a patient’s progress. 

Medical Record is a healthcare app that belongs to this category. In addition to the features above, the app also includes:

  • Prescription module allowing doctors to save medical info
  • Appointment feature to schedule an appointment with patients
  • Recording videos or procedures instead of text messages 
  • Searching patients by I.D.
Medical records app

Risk assessment apps

Such health apps are integrated with Electronic Health Records (EHR) and wearable devices, which allows monitoring patients’ health conditions in real-time, tracking heart rate, and identifying patients at risk. To build a risk assessment mobile app, developers often use machine learning for pattern recognition, as we did for our recent project, a skin cancer detection neural network.  


An example of such a medical app is FHR 5-Tier(Forecast Health Risk and Predication), aimed at obstetricians, midwives, and nurses who use electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) for patients in labor. Let’s look at its features: 

  • The healthcare app allows interpreting fetal heart rate (FHR) tracings to decide about further patient treatment in real-time
  • The five-color (green, blue, yellow, orange, and red) system is used in the medical app to allow medical specialists to standardize the management of different fetal heart rate tracings. 
  • When the healthcare app finds a risk to a patient’s health, it uses colors Yellow, Orange, or Red to notify the doctor about the patient’s state of urgency and provide a list with recommended actions. 
risk assessment app

Barcode Scanning apps 

Barcode scanning apps in healthcare allow scanning a patient’s electronic health records and medication barcodes using a built-in camera in their mobile devices, avoiding expensive barcode scanning devices. 

Epic Rover is one healthcare app that belongs to this category, empowered by Scandid Barcode scanner SDK. Apart from scanning a patient’s medications barcodes, develop a healthcare mobile app with the following features: 

  • Integration with Epic electronic health records for better admission of medicines and treatment
  • Visualization of patient-related info and progress in the form of charts 
  • Build-in messenger to communicate with patients and other medical personnel

And other functions to make the doctors’ work even more efficient.  

Barcode scanning app


Medication dosage apps 

Such applications are used by physicians to calculate individualized doses of medicine based on the patient’s age, weight, and other personal info, avoiding laborious manual calculations, spreadsheets, and sophisticated tools. 

One example is the DoseMeRx app for such a target audience as healthcare professionals. Let’s find out more about this mobile healthcare app:

  • Integration with EHR, where the doctor can leave notes on the patient’s state, medications, and dosage assigned
  • Set up reminders so that patients can track their medication intake
  • Build-in feature to predict treatment outcomes
  • Integrated dose optimization feature that leverages Bayesian dosing methods to guide dose optimization, based on clinically validated pharmacokinetic drug models, patient characteristics, drug concentrations, and genotype 
medication dosage app


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Healthcare mobile apps for patients

The patient-oriented mobile healthcare industry includes two main categories: medical and wellness. Below, we highlight every type of medical app from both of these groups, their examples, and essential features.

Doctor-on-demand or Telemedicine apps

Even in a busy environment, patients can receive treatment and consultations from medical specialists using telemedicine apps, without leaving their offices or homes. Such mobile health application helps patients to find a necessary medical specialist from a pool of doctors, book an appointment, and attend it via video call and pay for the consultation via an integrated payment gateway.


One typical doctor-on-demand mobile app is EVisit that includes other features: 

  • Virtual waiting room with waiting time tracking where patients can prepare the information required 
  • Two-way video connection so patients can see the doctors they communicate with 
  • Built-in messaging, EHR, search for medication, prescriptions, and other features to deliver patients the medical experience of attending an offline appointment with a doctor. 
telemedicine app

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Condition-based apps

Such apps are popular among users with epilepsy, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, allergies, and even depression. While some apps in this category are more sophisticated versions of a digital diary with visual medication management, others use predictive analytics and machine learning to notify a user about a particular health condition one should be aware of. 

Founded by Munroe-Meyer Institute, Seizure Tracker is a perfect example of apps that allow users to log their seizures, and includes a bunch of other features:

  • Video recording, so patients can describe their seizures, their triggers, and what happened afterward
  • Manual input of seizure info, so the user can specify their seizure type, time of day, length of the seizure, and other related information
  • Option to synchronize user profile with private Youtube channel to record info about seizures and share it with relatives 
Condition-based mobile apps

Fitness apps 

Such a health app help users keep fit by tracking their daily activity, weight, number of calories burned, a list with workout programs, and integration with wearable devices. In our previous article devoted to fitness app development, we described other features of such apps and gave you a guide on how to develop one. 

MyFitnessPal is the most popular fitness mobile app, which includes:

  • Diet tracking with recommendations on calorie consumption based on the user’s age, weight, sex
  • User community where other users share their success stories about losing weight
  • Calorie counter to control the amount of food, water and coffee consumed 

Fitness mobile apps

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Diet and nutrition apps 

Diet and nutrition apps are another popular category in the mHealth market, targeted at users who want to lose weight. The standard set of a diet app includes a comprehensive library with food and nutrition, a calorie counter, a diary with meals, and a progress chart. 

Lose It! app belongs to this mobile app category and provides users with the following features: 

  • Barcode scanner to receive information about product nutrients within seconds, and track intake of carb, macro, and calorie 
  • Snap It allows users to log images of food taken on a mobile device
  • Meal planning to customize the user’s eating and track macro, carb, protein, and overall calorie intake
Diet and nutrition mobile apps

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Meditation apps 

Meditation mobile apps also belong to the mHealth market since mental health apps help users to maintain their psychological states with the help of guided meditations. As a rule, such healthcare apps include a library with pre-recorded sessions of guided meditations, timer, gamification, and useful tips about breathing exercises. 

Calm, the best-known meditation mobile app, valued at $1 billion, helps users reduce stress and improve sleep. To achieve these goals, they use not only ancient methods of relaxation, but also a scientific approach based on ongoing studies conducted by scientists from Arizona State University, Ryerson University in Toronto, Massachusetts General Hospital, and others. 

The main features of the Calm app are: 

  • Guided meditations for different purposes (relationships, breaking habits, happiness, etc. )
  • Mediations of different lengths for users with varying levels 
  • A library with podcasts, sleeping stories, relaxing music, breathing programs, and masterclasses
Meditation mobile app

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Regulations to consider before starting a healthcare app development

If you want to build a mobile medication app, things to consider are security regulations and compliances across different countries that are mainly concerned with patient data safety. Otherwise, if your app does not meet these regulations, no matter how good your health app is, it will be deleted from app marketplaces.  

The good thing is to build a weight loss, calorie counter, or meditation app, you do not need to make it compliant. For other mobile applications that deal with a patient’s health records, and other sensitive personal data, you need to consider the following regulations in order to keep user’s medical services data safe from breaches: 


The law requires health app developers to ensure, not only application security from any third parties, but also sensitive patient data stored on the mobile device or during big data transmission.

This regulation requires any health status information, including the provision of health care, or payment for health care, health plans, and other information that can be linked to a specific individual, to be secured and protected from third parties. 

This act contains expanded privacy and security provisions that were included under HIPAA, also holding their business associates and service healthcare providers responsible for disclosing breaches. The bill is aimed at addressing the privacy and security concerns associated with the electronic transmission of health information.


The European Union

To launch your mHealth app on the European market, you should provide users with the ability to protect and control their private information concerning the processing of personal data. 

This directive protects the rights and freedoms of persons concerning the processing of personal data and the movement of free data.

The United Kingdom

The Data Protection Act (DPA) is a United Kingdom Act of Parliament, which controls how organizations, businesses, or the government, use personal information. It protects people and lays down rules about how data about people can be used.


The act governs how private-sector organizations collect, use, and disclose personal information in the course of commercial business. At the same time, it states that people should have access to their data held by any organization or business, with the right to challenge its accuracy. Appropriate safeguards must protect personal information.


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Calmerry Telemedicine Platform Case Study

Our main goal for the Calmerry project was to develop a secured platform that brings together patients and licensed clinical psychologists via online counseling and chat room. We wanted the online therapy platform to be equally useful for both patients and therapists giving them a secure therapy space. 

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We delivered a GDPR-compliant e-therapy platform with essential functionality. You can see the project’s website on the link. 

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After delivering the first version of the Calmerry online therapy platform, we started to create the next project version. Right now, we are improving the user experience for patients and therapists, integrating therapist notes into video chat, and session booking via a calendar. We are also considering enabling file exchange via a messenger between users. 


How to leverage a mobile device management system to ensure EMR security in mobile healthcare apps

Mobile applications improve medical professionals’ productivity. One can use an app for communicating with the client, sharing health records with colleagues, and even calculate medication doses. The main issue of all medical software is that it contains health sensitive data that could be stolen by hackers. Even if you make your app HIPAA compliant, you need to consider additional security measures such as mobile device management.  

Unless you want your clinic name to appear on the “Wall of Shame” of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, due to data breaches, you need to be aware of the main mobile device management services to integrate into your app.  

But first, let us take a closer look at healthcare mobile apps adoption across the medical industry. 

Use of mobile devices in healthcare

To meet modern healthcare standards, care facilities and hospitals implement a ‘bright your own device’ (BYOD) policy toward medical personnel. The policy may concern mobile devices, tablets, and laptops for accessing EHR and EMR, communication with care staff, record care data, and lookup prescription information, which also have a positive impact on medical treatment results.  

In particular, the need for mHealth app adoption concerns the U.S. health organizations, where the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, devoted to health records digitization, was agreed on at the governmental level in 2009. Here are some stats:

  • Global mHealth Apps Market is expected to reach $111.1 billion by 2025
  • 93% of physicians believe mobile medical apps have a positive impact on the treatment outcome. 
  • Over 70% of medical personnel use mobile devices to communicate with parents and access Electronic Medical Record (EMR). 
  • The majority (84%) of patients think that their medical records are safe from unauthorized viewing.

However, patient sensitive data and medical mobile app security are not as optimistic as they seem. Why? Let’s find out. 

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What is wrong with EMR

The adoption of mobile healthcare apps among medical professionals has resulted in an increased number of potential threat vectors and sensitive health data exposure, such as medical history and treatment plans.

  •  In the U.S. alone, 1,512 data breaches were affecting 154,415,257 patient records from 2013 to 2017, while 128 violations were related to EMR and affected 4,867,920 patient records. 
  • In total, data breaches on healthcare cause annual damage of $6.2 billion, which results in patient mistrust, loss of potential revenue, and penalties by the government.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which keeps an archive of health data breaches, the high percentage of breaches were traced to “other portable electronic device[s]”. What does this mean? Let us explain. 

Even if you develop EMR that competes with HIPAA security requirements, you are also responsible for information kept on mobile devices that access your EMR app. While 31% of decision-makers in healthcare avoid implementing EMR in mobile apps due to security reasons, around 49 consider implementing mobile device management tools to improve the security of their systems. 

In a nutshell, it is easier to keep all patient-related data in one place, but on the other hand, this can be quite risky. Therefore, to make your EMR mobile app secure from breaches, you need to integrate mobile device management software that will regulate user access to medical records.

“What is mobile device management software

Mobile device management strategies for healthcare organizations

As we said, consumer mobile devices are not secure by default. Moreover, healthcare organizations from the U.S. must meet recommendations by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) which includes established policies for mobile device data security and staff training.  Otherwise, you will violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPPA. 

The solution is to apply mobile device management software. “What is mobile device management software”, you may ask. Well, MDM software enables you to control and monitor the mobile devices of users that installed your app. 

Before developing an EMR mobile app with MDM, you need to create a BYOD policy that will regulate: 

  • EMR app usage cases
  • Privacy and data ownership 
  • Types of approved devices and device provisioning
  • Security policies 
  • Evaluation of risks and liabilities
mobile device management use cases

[How does MDM work]

With this in mind, let’s find out more about mobile device management use cases and how to integrate them into your app.  


Geofencing is the type of geolocation app technology that detects user location via GPS and allows or prohibits using your app, or accessing particular data. In terms of the healthcare industry, MDM with geofencing will create boundaries around your hospital. If the app user crosses those boundaries by leaving your facility, the app triggers a response by restricting or allowing access to your EMR app.

mobile device management features

To integrate geofencing mobile device management features to your app, your mobile app development team will use MapKit or Google Maps SDK for iOS installed via CocoaPods for Apple devices and Geofencing API to add this feature to Android apps. 

App wrapping

You can enable mobility management and content delivery using existing mobile device management technology for data encryption or “wrapping,” such as XenMobile, which adds additional security to app data. Moreover, this MDM healthcare solution will automatically interrogate incoming users to know who they are, where they’re coming in from, using which device, and what data they’re trying to access. Besides this, XenMobileis includes other benefits of mobile device management:

  • Controlling native mobile apps and associated data 
  • Proving secure funnel file sharing solutions into management architecture
  • Enabling role-based access to different users. 
  • Tracking, locking, and wiping mobile devices that use your app
  • Enabling micro-app VPN for over-the-air data transmissions

To add this solution into an in-house EMR app, your development team needs to add just one line of code, since XenMobile is extremely easy to integrate. 

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Remote management

In terms of the BYOD policy, the staff’s mobile devices could be stolen or lost. In this case, to protect your healthcare organization’s data from breaches, integrate remote user management software. By means of such software, you can remotely lock the device down, encrypt particular data, or erase it from the device while keeping their personal information. 

Remote mobile device management is available in the following MDM solutions: 

Application control

If an outside app is tainted by malicious code, it can siphon data from other apps on the device, which jeopardizes patient data. Application control lets you decide which apps to permit, and which to blacklist or disable. Also, you can use “containerization” to partition an area of each device for dedicated work-use; that way, distrusted third-party apps are kept separate from the EHR app on a mobile app.

The best MDM products with an application control feature are the following: 


To control all the app users that receive access to your EMR, consider a session management feature that will automatically generate reports with the following data:

  • List of sessions 
  • Search for session 
  • View session info with user’s email, duration, session ID

Thanks to this feature, you can track, not only what is happening in your system, but also, identify suspicious patterns and threads. Moreover, the MDM reporting feature will provide you with insights into your organization’s mobile environment, including device status, user information, log-in attempts, and compliance with password policies in real-time. 

To ensure your patients’ health data security is to create a formal device policy that will educate your medical staff about security risks and best practices. Next, consider the integration of mobile device management into your app. By using software built by reliable MDM solution providers, you will receive control over all mobile devices in your corporate network, data stored, third-party and native apps, and data transmission. 

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