According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, 500 million smart phone users would be using a healthcare application by 2015. Among 3.4 billion smart phone and tablet users, 50% of the users who would consist of health care professionals, consumers and patients will have mobile health applications. Also known as “mHealth”, mobile healthcare applications are not only catching imagination of health practitioners, and patients, but even the regulators like U.S. Food and Drug Administration have accepted its importance. As a result of that, FDA issued the Mobile Medical Applications Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff on September 25, 2013.
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Needless to say, that as a healthcare enterprise you need to think over the possibility of mobile healthcare app development keeping in tune with the guidelines of FDA. For that, you need a technology partner like Space-O who can engage in mobile health app development considering its seriousness and importance. Why enterprises need to be very careful in choosing their mobile health app development services provider? There are many reasons; one of the most important is to have a provider who has both – technical expertise and understanding of FDA guidelines. Space-O claims to have both coupled with experience and innate sense of mobile application development. Apart from these, there is also another opportunity or void that healthcare providers can cash in on in the realm of mobile health app development.
There are certain types of mobile applications which are out of the purview of FDA guidelines. They include among others enterprise mobility solutions for healthcare organizations. Let us have a look at which applications are not to be validated by the FDA guidelines:
- Mobile apps which dish out sort of reference material such as textbooks or other academic references for healthcare
- Mobile apps for generic health, fitness and well-being
- Enterprise mobility solutions in order to make the employees and the organization more flexible and mobile in providing healthcare to their patients. Mostly they target areas such as billing, appointments or insurance transactions
The FDA clearly acknowledges the power of smart phones and mobile applications in diagnosis, treatment and care of the patients in serious as well as not-so-serious diseases. To have functional and customized mobile solutions for your patient is not just about keeping up with technology. It is not about winning any race, but rather it is about expressing that being a healthcare provider you care about the patients. In that sense, mobile health app development is about making the best use of technology, and science per se.
It is a combination of two science – medicine and engineering and the result is healthier and well-informed humanity! For this to achieve along with satisfying your monetary goals, you need to partner with someone like Space-O, a reliable mobile application development company, who can achieve this goal by bringing together two sciences with its extraordinary technical expertise and brilliant communication skills. Contact us, and we would be glad to hear you and offer our insights and thoughts on mobile health app development.