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Planning to Start Online Pharmacy in New York with a Mobile or Web App?: Try These 10 Pro Tips

Starting an online pharmacy or mail order pharmacy in New York is overwhelming, both strategically and technologically.

Defining a business model, hiring a tech partner, deciding on tech stack and claiming high ROI take a toll on your peace of mind and budget. It in fact tests your madness and passion for the healthcare industry.

While many brick-and-mortar pharmacies have digitally transferred their business practices with either mobile or web apps during the time of pandemic, only a few of them actually reach break-even-point and deliver value to their customers.

So to help you start online pharmacy in New York with ease and that too successfully, we have listed out some tips revolving around business strategies and technology infrastructure.

But before that, let us tell you the things which you have already nailed down!

Don’t doubt. You have already nailed down many things!

You are in that 1% who dare to do what the rest 99% just think of. Not getting it? Let us explain.

1. You’ve decided to start an online pharmacy. And that’s the big deal!

Let us give you a number. There are around 80000 brick-and-mortar pharmacies in the USA. But only around 800 pharmacies or pharmacists dared to launch online pharmacies through websites, web apps or mobile apps.

Meaning, only 1% of total American pharmacies dared to adopt technology on a mass level; the best thing is, you are one of them.

2. You’ve decided to launch your mail order pharmacy in New York. Another best decision!

New York is home to some of the big health tech brands. In fact, a unicorn online pharmacy named Capsule was also founded in New York.

Because of its very diverse population, high per capita income, high smartphone adoption and high literacy rate, New York-founded health tech startups are more likely to acquire more customers and hire talented resources with ease.

Most importantly, New Yorkers have been habituated of ordering essential items online due to the presence of all sorts of on-demand delivery startups. Thus, New York is the business terrain where all on-demand startups are focused on!

3. You might have also planned your budget

Well, this is the tricky part and the majority of healthcare entrepreneurs fail here.

They either lack the budget for adopting technology or have the wrong impression of the capital cost required to build technology infrastructure for their healthcare startups.

What makes their situation worse is that they never have a plan ready for claiming high ROI after investing in technology. Because they believe in running things on autopilot after adopting technology.

But we have solid surety that you have worked on the budget part too.

Okay. Time to take it to the next level. Pro tips to start an online pharmacy in New York with a mobile/web app

This is not our guesswork.

It is based on what we as a healthcare IT company have learned while building online pharmacy apps and having conversations with healthcare industry experts in the last 7 years.

Tip number 1: Be a customer of your competitors

Everyone knows about competitive analysis. But when it comes to the best way to do competitive analysis, people lock their lips.

So, let us tell you the best way. Be the customer of your competitors. Experience their online pharmacy services by yourself. And identify where they win the customers and where they lose.

That’s how you outsmart them!

Tip number 2: Sense the next 5 moves your competitors

Knowing what cooks behind the doors at your competitors is a breakthrough! And it is not difficult to sense their next 5 moves.

You can easily sense their next 5 moves by connecting dots between market trends, their current focus, their recent technology adoption, new rolled-out features, new hiring and most importantly changes in the business model.

Tip number 3: Prepare a value-driven business model, separately for each user group

Being an owner of an online pharmacy in New York, you will have multiple ways to make money. But you must consider only those ways which deliver value to both you and your customers. You must make a deal which works for every stakeholder, including you.

And by preparing a business model separately for each user group such as parents, students, and seniors, you can seamlessly understand their user persona & their expectations, resulting in delivering equal value to every single customer landing on your app or website.

Tip number 4: Don’t rely on a single revenue stream

The most lethal mistake in the startup ecosystem is a high dependency on a single revenue stream. Divide your revenue streams into primary and secondary revenue streams and find different ways to keep adding new revenue streams. You must have a roadmap ready for this.

Tip number 5: Categorize the online pharmacy app features

Features influence the app development cost and user experience the most. Thus, be specific. Categorize the features into 3 major categories – common features, advanced features and good-to-have features.

Common features are those features which need to be in the app at any cost. Whereas, you can skip some of the advanced features and skip all of the good-to-have features if you are falling short of budget.

Tip number 6: If mobile apps, opt-in for cross-platform

Building a cross-platform mobile app requires less development time, leading to development cost savings. Because a cross-platform app runs both on Android and iOS devices with a single codebase.

However, it cannot beat the performance delivered by native apps. Thus, opt-in for cross-platform if you have a tight budget. Otherwise, go for native apps. It is truly rewarding!

Tip number 7: Keep scalability in mind

For your temporary benefits, don’t put your future at risk. You must select a tech stack in such a way that it can support an increase in the number of users in the future. Otherwise, you will need to invest more in scaling up your IT infrastructure than what you can achieve affordability now.

Tip number 8: Follow microservice architecture

This is a bit technical but very crucial. Historically, monolithic architecture was used to deploy applications. However, in monolithic architecture, every service or feature of the application is interconnected. Meaning, if one service goes down, the entire application goes down.

But in a microservice architecture, the application is hosted in many loosely coupled and independently deployable smaller components or services which facilitate faster development time and fewer maintenance efforts.

Tip number 9: Don’t overlook QA testing

We have observed that both IT companies and entrepreneurs are giving the cold shoulder to mobile app QA testing. But it is essential in 2022 to dominate the market. A small glitch in the app can kill the entire customer experience and brand reputation.

Thus, put emphasis on QA testing and carry out load testing, integration testing, performance testing, UI/UX testing, and most importantly security testing.

Tip number 10: Always hire a healthcare IT company, period!

Why? Because IT companies entertaining all industries severely lack healthcare-specific knowledge. They don’t have healthcare vision and passion. Their developers don’t have prior experience in dealing with HL7 and other healthcare interoperability standards. And most importantly, they don’t understand the gravity of HIPAA and the pain of patients and providers!

You must be wondering, who are we making such bold claims! Well, we are answer to healthcare IT questions

We are an Ontario-based healthcare-focused IT company. We have been entertaining only healthcare IT projects for 7+ years.

Our team is healthcare-specific too. Our team includes business analysts, healthcare app developers, UI/UX designers, compliance specialists, QA engineers and even healthcare professionals.

We understand healthcare. Be it online pharmacy apps, telemedicine apps, or mental health apps, we have on-hand experience in designing, building and managing robust solutions from scratch.

What our healthcare clients find most useful is our passion for the healthcare industry. Because of our intense level of healthcare passion, we run extra, think outside of the box and don’t act like a typical IT company with a restricted mindset.

With our healthcare IT expertise, experience and experts, we deliver two rare things – peace of mind and clinical value!

So, let’s have a discussion on your pharma tech vision and find not endless but only one game-changing possibility!