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Healthcare App Development in UK: Build Custom and Branded Mobile/Web App for Your Practice & Startup

Quick Summary: According to the latest data released by NHS Digital, almost half of adults in England have access to digital healthcare. Thanks to its affordability and clinical value, digital healthcare in the UK is being adopted on a larger scale than ever before.

What makes it even more suitable to fit into the healthcare ecosystem is the mobile apps which act as the most accessible healthcare tool.

The use cases of these apps are so advanced that they are now not only solving real-life healthcare problems but also generating very big revenue.

So, in this blog, we will explain our healthcare app development service in the UK and how we can help you build different healthcare apps for your practice and startup.

Some important statistics about healthcare apps in the UK

Sharing a few real numbers with a pure intention to make you realize the market scope and market size.

  • One in every three UK patients prefer to consult GP online rather than visiting GP in-person – Mobiquity Survey
  • 56% of the UK patients plan to use a mobile app again after using it once – Mobiquity Survey
  • Device compatibility issues are the most reported problem by users using mobile apps – Mobiquity Survey
  • 28% of UK patients considered mobile app privacy – Mobiquity Survey
  • Within 3 months of the COVID-19, 32 pandemic-specific apps were launched targeting the UK market – The Lancet
  • The fitness app category is the most popular healthcare app segment followed by fitness trackers, medication reminders, nutrition and symptom checker apps – Statista

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  • Almost 28% of the healthcare apps are aiming to solve wellness and healthcare challenges around mental health and behavioral disorders.

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1. Patient Access:

An app to book virtual or in-person meetings with GPs. Also, to order medications online with a few clicks only. On the Apple App Store, it has a rating of 4.8.

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2. Pregnancy + | Tracker App:

An app to track the entire pregnancy cycle and receive expert help, tips, and educational resources. The best part of this app is that it lets users explore a baby’s movement with the 3D interactive model. On the Apple App Store, it has a rating of 4.8.

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3. MDacne: Custom Acne Treatment:

A very unique app. All a user needs to do is take the selfie and upload it. The app analyzes it and presents a report on skin. Based on the skin report, it then suggests a customized treatment kit. On the Apple App Store, the app has a rating of 4.6.

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4. Livi – See a Doctor by Video:

Livi is a full-fledged telemedicine app that supports services like see a doctor online, same-day prescriptions and specialist referrals. On the Apple App Store, it has a rating of 4.9.

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5. Babylon:

It is one of the oldest and most popular healthcare apps in the UK. Works as a complete virtual care solution, it enables users to receive 360-degree care without leaving home. It is also equipped with a symptom checker app module. On the Apple App Store, it has a rating of 4.8.

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1. AI-based healthcare delivery:

Many used to doubt the care quality and consistency of the care provided by the mobile app as compared to in-person care. So, to prove them wrong and achieve care standards, healthcare tech experts and healthcare entrepreneurs have adopted AI and machine learning technologies on a very large scale.

Using these game-changing technologies, they have successfully added clinical value, accuracy, human-like capabilities in the healthcare apps. This resulted in more personalized care delivery even through mobile apps.

As of now, almost every healthcare app is leveraging AI and machine learning technologies to serve users with the things which actually matter for them with superb clinical standards.

2. Healthcare super apps:

Surviving the current state of the healthcare market with only one revenue stream is almost impossible for all healthcare startups. Thus, they switch to a very well-known strategy of upgrading their mobile or web apps to super apps.

A super app delivers multiple services through the same app. Due to multiple services, healthcare startups are able to seize more opportunities, build a larger user base, generate more revenue streams and eventually end up making more profit.

One example of a healthcare super app is an app that offers virtual care, online pharmacy, healthcare eCommerce, mental health and even remote patient monitoring services from the same app.

3. Smart wearable:

All modern-age healthcare startups are not only focusing on software (mobile/web apps), but they are also focusing on hardware (healthcare wearable devices) too. Because, to achieve ultimate clinical value, measuring vital body signs is important and it is easily possible with IoT-enabled wearable devices. Two more advantages of launching a mobile app with integrated smart wearables are real-time care and more revenue in the form of subscription fees.

The following are some of the most popular smart wearables among users.

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Types of healthcare apps that are most likely to get succeed in the post-pandemic healthcare industry

Pandemic has completely revolutionized the healthcare industry with many healthcare apps that are now able to generate millions which would never be possible without the fuel provided by the pandemic.

With that said, the following is the list of healthcare apps that our business analysts believe will surely dominate the healthcare market.

  • Online GP appointment booking app
  • Telemedicine app for primary care
  • Telemedicine app for specialized care
  • Telemedicine app for dietitians
  • Telemedicine app for pediatricians
  • Online speech therapy app
  • Online skincare app
  • Online pharmacy app
  • Healthcare marketplace app
  • In-home connected virtual assistant
  • Personal health records app
  • Online cancer care app
  • Medication reminder app
  • Meditation app like Calm
  • Fitness and yoga app
  • Evidence-based weight management app
  • Pregnancy and women wellness app
  • Heart monitoring app
  • Telemedicine app for dentists
  • Dating app for cancer patients
  • Senior care app
  • On-demand healthcare staffing app
  • Remote patient monitoring app
  • Healthcare buy now, pay later app
  • Child care app
  • Online pet care app
  • Hospital management app
  • Virtual physical therapy app

Native vs cross-platform vs MVP vs PWA vs clone healthcare app: Decide rationally

You do have several options when it comes to the healthcare app development platform. The reason it matters the most to decide rationally is that it defines the user experience and your healthcare app development budget.

So, let us explain to you each of what you are most confused about in between.

  • Native healthcare app: A native app is coded separately for iOS and Android devices using different supported programming languages.
  • A cross-platform app: A cross-platform app runs both on iOS and Android devices with a single code base. Meaning, it needs to be coded for only once.
  • MVP: An MVP version of the healthcare app only has basic and useful features. Once you test it in the real market, you upgrade its feature set based on real user feedback and keep financial risk very low.
  • PWA: A progressive web app is not a mobile app, but it is a web app. Meaning, it opens on web browsers. However, it works as fast as a mobile app and has similar features.
  • Clone: If you choose a clone app, your app development agency delivers you an app with the same or identical app UI/UX and features of that app you ask the agency to prepare a clone of.

Explore our 17-step healthcare app development process we follow every time client wants something epic

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How can we help you stand out your healthcare product among 350,000 healthcare apps on the App Store?

We are an Ontario-based healthcare-focused IT company. And we have a rare combination of 3E – experts, expertise and experience! Those are the only three things we leverage to make your healthcare product stand out.

  • Experts: We are a team of healthcare-specific app developers, UI/UX designers, business analysts, compliance specialists, and QA engineers. A few unique things about our team are, our team has a combined 100+ years of experience in healthcare IT and our entire team has only been working on healthcare projects since the first day of their professional careers.
  • Expertise: We understand healthcare. We have already cracked major healthcare tech challenges, be it healthcare interoperability, EMR/EHR integration or healthcare hardware compatibility issues. We have ultimate mastership working with medical use cases of AI, machine learning, RPA and IoT.
  • Experience: We have been in this healthcare IT industry for more than 7 years. We’ve upskilled ourselves to the extreme level and helped several healthcare providers, healthcare startups and even healthcare enterprises to build digital solutions, automate workflows, eliminate privacy vulnerabilities, integrate healthcare products and even raise millions.

Today, we’re extremely thrilled to join you on your health tech journey in the UK as healthcare tech, business and compliance experts to make things easy, valuable and profitable for you.