How to Build a Proof of Concept App for Healthcare

June 1, 2016 | Raj Srivastav

How to Build a Proof of Concept App for Healthcare
How to Build a Proof of Concept App for Healthcare

The Healthcare industry is proving to be one of the most profitable intersections for tech and traditional businesses out there. Virtual Reality has the potential to revolutionize how we train medical students; virtual meeting apps allow Doctors to treat remote patients; and Wearables are altering how those impacted by disease and disability interact with the world.

As app and website developers, we don’t need much convincing when it comes to applying tech to new sectors. Doctors, on the other hand, can be a bit harder to convince. Afterall, doctors are quite literally dealing with life and death. The tools they use must be precise, reliable, and useful.

Convincing a doctor that your healthcare app idea is the solution they need is a tricky situation. It’s much like approaching Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors – you need to highlight the benefits of your idea without being grandiose. You need to show them a proof of concept – something that undeniably shows your idea works. And that it works well.

A proof of concept app for Android and iOS may seem like an odd way to approach a business, but there are some key strengths:

    Testing is a crucial step to any app or web product (or really any business model whatsoever). Creating a proof of concept app can provide a leg up on early testing, resulting in an even more refined product.

    Attracting Investors is another important step for Startups and SMBs. Read more about that here.

    And of course, it’s a real-life demonstration of your idea. It provides interested parties (in this case doctors) a way to physically interact with your app. It’s more than just an abstract discussion of an app idea; and physical realities are much more attractive to people than abstract concepts.

So, a proof of concept is a big deal. They help attract stakeholders, investors, and even users. It’s a way to create a buzz about your product. Finally, it’s a way to tackle three main aspects of an app development lifecycle in a single go:

    1. Testing;

    2. Prototyping; and

    3. Early stage marketing.

So if you’re convinced of how useful a proof of concept can be, contact us now and we can get started. We can build a proof of concept app in 6 weeks or less, for as low as $2000 per platform. If you would like to learn more about this idea, continue on, dear readers!

Proof of Concept Framework

A proof of concept mobile app needs to exemplify the uniqueness of your app. So first things first – figure out what that is! Figuring out what you want your app to do seems like a simple basic question, but you’d be surprised how often this becomes a problem.

Most entrepreneurs are passionate about their product. It’s kind of a prerequisite to the job. And part of that passion translates to the idea that their app is the Holy Grail of all apps. There’s nothing it can’t do, no problem it can’t solve – and it looks good doing it!

So figure out what the Unique Selling Point (USP) of your product is; what does it do that’s different from competitors? What about it will make it invaluable to its target users? What type of app do you want – broad comprehensive services, or targeted, narrowed and detailed?

Figuring out what you have to offer will not only make your company stronger, but it will prevent mission creep: where you start off with an app idea to help make appointments and end up with trying to cure cancer. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t try to build an app that does it all. But the rule of thumb is to start small and grow big.

A proof of concept fits into this in two main ways:

1. It lets you know if your USP is workable, or if you should try a different angle of approach;

2. It shows doctors and investors that your idea works, that you’re committed to seeing it through, and that you have an excellent development team!

No matter what, a proof of concept framework needs to center around your USP. So the proof of concept app should perform that feature flawlessly. After all, if you come to a doctor bragging about how great your app is and the main feature doesn’t work…well, let’s just say it doesn’t look good.

Healthcare App Ideas

Want to get involved in Healthcare and tech but aren’t sure where to start? Let’s take a quick look at some hot areas in the sector:

• VR – as mentioned above, VR has the potential to completely change how medical students are trained. But, more than that, it offers the chance for interactive displays that can provide more information than just a chart.

• Wearables and the IoT

Wearables and the connectivity of the Internet of Things have opened up new realms in the area of prosthetics. From Prosthetic legs that collect data on how a user is walking, to implants that help the blind see, tech is taking over. And all tech needs an interface app!

• Remote and Satellite Care

For non-emergency checkups, an app that allows doctors to remotely check on their patients can be extremely useful. In Emergency situations, an app can connect doctors to people in duress – long before the ambulance shows up!

Healthcare App Development

SDI has built thousands of apps for iOS and Android, many of them for the medical industry. We know what it takes to build an effective proof of concept healthcare app because we’ve done it before. Our Healthcare apps are useful to doctors as well as patients and are 100% HIPAA-compliant.

Call us today at 408.805.0495 and we can have your proof of concept app launched in less than 2 months. You can also contact us here at anytime! Call soon and get 25% off and a free consultation.

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