The global medical industry has seen one of its biggest challenges in modern history with the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
This in turn fueled the rapid growth of the healthcare mobile app industry as telehealth became the new norm and one of the few ways to keep people safe while quarantined. The growth led to a healthcare app market valued at USD 38.2 billion in 2021 and is expected to continue its growth rate by an additional 10% next year.
And this number could increase even further with the addition of new technologies like wearables for medical monitoring and more.
So how will healthcare mobile app development expand in the next five years and what can be expected in terms of development verticals?
Improving Illness Diagnosis
Mobile health apps are becoming both more popular and technologically advanced and there is already extensive evidence as to the success of remote meeting apps for doctor-patient connections as seen in 2020.
But going forward, apps made to diagnose in specific medical verticals will become more commonplace.
For example, apps that can quickly and accurately diagnose skin conditions or track the progression of Alzheimer’s disease are already being developed and show great promise.
And with the addition of AI and machine learning, these apps will only become more accurate as they “learn” from past diagnoses.
Machine learning is already being used in healthcare to predict patient outcomes, identify at-risk patients, and choose the most effective treatments.
This is a huge shift in how healthcare is traditionally delivered and has the potential to dramatically improve patient outcomes while also reducing costs.
The wearable tech market is expected to grow to USD 54.6 billion by 2025, representing a CAGR of 14.6%. And a large portion of this growth will come from the healthcare industry as more and more people turn to wearable devices to track their health data. From fitness tracking to monitoring blood sugar, there are already a wide variety of devices on the market.
And this is only the beginning.
The next generation of wearable devices will be even more sophisticated and will include features like:
- Continuous monitoring of vital signs
- Fall detection
- GPS tracking
- Medication reminders
These devices will collect an unprecedented amount of data that can be used to improve patient outcomes. And when paired with mobile apps, this data can be used to provide real-time feedback and coaching to patients.
For example, if a patient with diabetes is not meeting their blood sugar goals, they could receive a notification on their phone with tips on how to improve their diet or increase their activity level. Or if a senior citizen wearing a device does not respond it can send a life alert with their vitals.
There are already many different types of wearable devices on the market that measure everything from heart rate to blood sugar levels. And with the addition of 5G, these devices will be able to transmit data in real-time, allowing for more immediate interventions.
The Future of Healthcare Mobile App Development
The healthcare mobile app industry is still in its infancy, but it is growing rapidly. In the next five years, we can expect to see more apps that focus on specific medical conditions, improved AI and machine learning capabilities, and the continued integration of wearable technologies.
As the industry grows, it will be important for healthcare organizations to partner with reputable mobile app development agencies that have experience launching successful healthcare apps. These agencies will be able to help create an app that meets the specific needs of your organization while also being user-friendly and compliant with all relevant regulations.
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