Mobile Health App Design: 5 Tips
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Amanda Havard
Amanda Havard,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/3/2014 | 11:54:46 AM
Mobile Health App Design
Great points and design considerations here. And as telemedicine and doctor use of such tools increases, I'm interested also in how these tools will start to develop for healthcare that's already mobile, like home health. This seems particularly salient in light of two points you highlight. The first: Remembering the masses. Populations in the most need — like Medicaid members — are more likely to have internet access via smartphone than they are anywhere else. This certainly informs the decision of app v. web and should also allow for major insight into who needs what tools in what medium. The second key point: in terms of BYOD, many orgs are sticking to their guns on owning devices and only supporting those, enterprise-style. I think this is a mistake. Especially for home health workers or anyone who cares for disenfranchised populations, allowing useful tools on their own devices might be the only way to offer access to advanced tech (beyond paper, beyond phone calls).
suresh katakam
suresh katakam,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/5/2014 | 7:36:04 AM
Re: Between responsive and native
Response web design is a must to give good user experience who visit website. But if a doctor or professional has to use the app on a daily basis, its best to develop it as a native app. you can add more features like offline support, rich user interface etc when the app is using native APIs.

IMO, you should have both to satisfy the needs of different users.

User Rank: Apprentice
5/30/2014 | 3:29:56 PM
Re: Flexibility and Security
Totally agree - balancing security with user needs is a difficult challenge. The importance of security and privacy cannot be overlooked or shortchanged.
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Author
5/30/2014 | 11:03:55 AM
Between responsive and native
What would be an example of a mobile experience that goes beyond responsive web design but stops short of a native app? I'm imagining some scenario where you manually designed a tweaked mobile web experience for the iPhone or iPad, rather than rely on some JavaScript routine to do it automatically.
User Rank: Ninja
5/30/2014 | 10:05:58 AM
Flexibility and Security
BYOD is happening and will continue regardless of security and compliance concerns. Making sure patient data on a doctor's personal device is secure is of the utmost importance. From a practitioner standpoint, I would argue that security has to trump usability. From a patient standpoint, there needs to be a balance of usability and security.

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