Coronavirus pandemic has changed the definition of normal. People all around the world are trying to adjust to “the new normal”. The medical sector is probably one of the sectors that have been impacted the most. According to this report by Updox, 42% of the Americans have turned to telemedicine instead of in-office appointments. Telehealth apps like pediatrics on-demand app, doctor on-demand app, prescription delivery app, have also become increasingly popular.
The best part for the entrepreneurs? When you check in your locality, you will find a very few on-demand pediatrics apps. There is a chance. A chance to improve the existing healthcare system of your country and to earn actual money out of it. Being a healthcare solution development company and having developed 40+ healthcare apps, we decided to write about how to develop a pediatrics on-demand app and which features you must integrate into it.
The Present Scenario
We are now living in a pandemic that has restricted our movement to a great extent. We are getting our groceries, electronics, food, and even medicines delivered right to our doorstep. The five-inch screen in your pocket never stops surprising you with its new capabilities.
- According to this report by McKinsey, 76% of consumers use telehealth to replace canceled healthcare visits during the COVID era while it was only 11% in the pre-COVID era.
- Further, the number of telehealth visits have increased 50 to 175 times. This is a great indicator of how on-demand doctor’s apps are becoming a huge part of the ‘new normal’.
- In fact, the total telemedicine market size for the United States is supposed to reach over $22 billion by 2022.
If you want to be a part of this growing economy, you can do it by developing an on-demand pediatrics app.
Source: McKinsey & Company
Here is a step-by-step process of developing a pediatrics on-demand mobile app.
How to Develop a Pediatrics On-demand App?
Step 1. Create a Project Plan
The very first step to creating a pediatrician on-demand app is making a project plan. You need to make a list of features you want in your app. You can do this by studying competitors and analyzing their features.
Studying competitors also gives you an idea about what they lack in and what is their USP. You must also carry out market analysis and find out how these Uber for doctor apps are doing. You could develop your idea based on the competitor as well as market analysis.
Step 2. Get a Quote
Make an approximate budget for your project if you can. This budget needs to be flexible as there are some factors that you might not have considered. You can directly contact us and tell us a bit about your project.
We will give an estimate for the development of your project after considering your requirements and other factors. We will not charge for this service, our quote will be free of cost.
Step 3. Create a Project Scope
After we have discussed all the requirements, discussed budget and timelines, we will sign an NDA to keep your idea safe. After this, we will create a scope of your project that will contain the features, technologies, and timeline of the process.
We will follow this project scope in order to complete your pediatrics on-demand app development.
Step 4. Start the Development
This is the most crucial part of the process. Our designers will create design mockups and prototypes for the pediatric on-demand app. After you approve of them, our developers will start creating code and developing the app.
Our QA team carries out testing and fixes any bugs or issues. This process is repeated until all the features are developed and tested. We make sure that the final is product is as per your expectations and runs smoothly on all devices.
Step 5. Launch Your App
After you have approved the final product demo, it is not time to launch it on the app marketplace like Google PlayStore or Apple AppStore and your servers. Now your app is ready to serve the users.
We give you all the app development related documents and data like databases, access credentials, mockups, wireframes. and designs.
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Let’s now see the major components and features of an on-demand doctor’s app.
Components and Core Features of Pediatrics On-demand App
Your app must be specially designed for pediatric urgent care as users might be in need of on-demand primary care for their kids. The pediatrics on-demand app consists of 3 components. Here, we will discuss the features of all these components one by one. This will also help you understand how such telemedicine or on-demand doctor apps work.
You can also check out our case study on MedCall- On-demand doctor app to get an idea of how such apps work.
1. Patient’s App
The patient’s app or the user’s app helps the patient schedule their appointments, get in contact with the doctor, and order prescription drugs.
This feature helps the user find a doctor online. You should include a feature in your pediatrics on-demand app that helps users look for doctors easily. The user can just enter the name of the doctor or the type of doctor based on a specialty like ENT, ophthalmologist, physiotherapist, child psychiatrist, and so on.
2) Schedule Appointment
This feature is very crucial in a pediatrics on-demand app. You must plan a feature that lets the patients check the availability of the required doctor and book an appointment when feasible. These appointments must be stored in the patient’s app as well as doctor’s app
3) Appointment Reminders
You must also include a feature that lets the patients set reminders for their appointments. It is the parents who book appointments for their kids. It is possible that working parents sometimes forget about it. If there is a feature that reminds them about it prior to the appointment, then they will be at the clinic on time.
4) Virtual Appointment
With COVID-19, social distancing has become the norm. Unless the kid needs to be taken to an emergency room or to a pediatric urgent care center, virtual appointments on video calls are preferred. The doctors can examine symptoms, patient’s well-being and also discuss a treatment plan over the video chat.
5) In-app Chat
Another important feature for you to integrate into your pediatrics on-demand app. This feature lets the patients or parents talk to the doctors in case they have anything to discuss like if they experience discomfort by taking their medicine or need to understand their dose or reschedule their appointment.
6) Prescription delivery
The patients do not need to go to a drugstore to get their prescribed medicines anymore. If you integrate this feature in your app, the patients can easily get the medicines delivered right at their doorstep. This further reduces human contact and the chance of contracting the Coronavirus.
2. Doctor’s App
The Doctor’s App lets the doctors stay in touch with their patients and also organize their calendars according to virtual and walk-in appointments.
1) Accept/ Reject Appointment
When you create a pediatrics on-demand app, make sure the doctor’s app has the feature to accept or reject an appointment. This helps them prepare a proper schedule for the day.
2) Video Call
Same as the patient’s app, the doctor’s app must have the feature of video calling. The doctor can communicate with their patients through video calls and collect information about the symptoms to assist them in their health issues.
3) In-app Chat
The doctor’s app must have an in-app chat feature, allowing doctors to communicate with patients. They can resolve any queries regarding prescribed medicines or review their tests and treatment plans without the patients having to visit the doctor.
3. Web Portal
Web portal or admin panel is controlled by the admin. You can compare it to the doctor’s office and the waiting room. Here, all the activities like managing patients, doctors, and appointments are taken care of.
1) Patient Database
The web portal is used to create new cases using the patient’s information. All this information is saved in a patient’s database. This database helps in keeping a track of patient information, medical history as well as appointments.
2) Manage Doctors
The admin panel manages all the doctors in the system. The admin can add or remove a doctor as per need. All the information like doctor’s profiles, type of doctor, and appointments are stored here.
3) Check Availability
The admin can check the doctor’s availability and book an appointment for the patient. In case of any cancellations or rescheduling, the admin can check for other available timings and book an appointment for later.
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Yes, telemedicine apps do provide convenience to healthcare workers as well as the patients. However, there are some downsides to it as well. Let’s see some of the advantages and disadvantages of telehealth apps.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Telemedicine Apps
Convenience: It is very convenient to use telemedicine apps to make an appointment. The patients do not have to wait in the waiting rooms as the appointments are made online.
Safety: With the spread of COVID-19, people have become skeptical of going to the doctor’s office. They believe there is a chance of contracting the virus from the staff or other patients. Virtual consultations eliminate this issue as well.
Cost-effectiveness: The patients save money on fuel as they don’t have to drive to the clinics. The doctors also charge less than at-home visits in case the patient cannot come to see the doctor.
Patient Care: Telemedicine apps offer a patient-centered approach. The physician reviews cases as and when the patient requires medical attention. This way the quality of patient care improves.
Technical Issues: Sometimes, the apps might face glitches. There might be issues due to internet connectivity or server overload. This can lead to delayed or no medical care for the kid.
Technological Constraints: All patients and even doctors might not be up to date with the new technology. This means, even if the patient has the app, he might not be able to operate it properly.
Inadequate Assessment: The doctors can easily assess many symptoms by interacting with the patient. However, when the doctor needs to monitor blood pressure, pulse or breathing rate, pediatrics on-demand apps might not come in handy.
You must analyze your competitors before you create your own Uber for doctors. We have a list of apps that are the major competitors that you need to beat.
Best Telemedicine Apps for Kids
Here is a list of the best doctors and pediatrics on-demand apps along with their features.
Finally, it is now time to see the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
How does an on-demand doctor app work?
- Step1: The patient logs in and describes his symptoms or searches for a specific doctor.
- Step2: The portal matches the search conditions and lists out the doctors.
- Step3: The patient books a physical or virtual appointment.
- Step4: The patient and doctor interact with each other and discuss treatment plans.
- Step5: The patient pays via payment gateway within the app
Which are the best on-demand doctor apps?
Some of the best on-demand doctor apps are:
- Doctor On-demand
- Lemonaid Health
How much does it cost to develop an on-demand doctor app?
The cost of developing an app depends on the features and their complexities. If you’re planning to develop a simple app with only essential features (MVP), then it will take around 280 hours to develop it. If the developers charge $40 per hour then you get the total cost to be $11200. There is a simple formula that we use:
Total App Development Cost= Time Required to Develop an App * Developer’s Hourly Charges.
If you want to get a free quote according to your requirements, just contact us. We will discuss your idea and give a free estimate of what your app project will cost.
We hope that this blog has been useful in understanding the process of on-demand doctor app development. However, we understand that there might be questions regarding the budget, timeline, app development process, or market analysis. We will be more than happy to help you.
We are a mobile app development company with experience in developing over 40 healthcare apps including MedCall and Conduet on-demand doctor apps. So, feel free to ask any questions to us by just contacting us. One of our representatives will reach out to you at the earliest.
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This page was last edited on June 29th, 2020, at 1:26.