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Top 3 Industries that Benefit from Mobile Apps

Top 3 Industries that Benefit from Mobile AppsMobile app development companies are beginning to find lucrative opportunities by associating themselves with different and specific industries like construction, hospitality and healthcare. According to Kevin Spain, an investor who writes articles for websites like Mobile Trends, the number of companies focused on specific business sectors has increased by 20% over the last year.

Construction industries secret tool

Mobile devices has already changed the way workers in the construction industry operate. The app acts as a companion built into your phone, relaying real-time data, tracking daily procedures and providing instant collaboration between teams. Mobile apps swiftly found their way into an industry previously ran by paperwork and word-of-mouth.

“In the construction industry, people actually doing the work spend too much time chasing information,” said Alex Bakman, CEO of the app development company Snappii, at the 2015 BuiltWorlds conference. “Information needs to be contextual to the job, to the individual, in time and location. That’s what GE wants from a project we’re helping them with. An individual going out to repair a pipeline shouldn’t have to search for a part number when he is dealing with a problem. The app should access the manual. If he has to replace the part, he should be able to just click on it and go. Simple as that. Bring information to them – not the other way around.” Snappii continues to be a leader in the construction apps industry, and is always working to develop new and better applications.

Restaurants cooking up new ideas

The app store has begun to flourish with apps made by local and global restaurants. With features that allow users to order ahead of time, check what’s on the menu and have a digital loyalty card, restaurants are bombarding app developers with requests for their own piece of the pie. With 68% percent of millennials carrying a smart-phone in their pockets, apps become essential for success. However, the market for restaurant apps is just as expensive as the business itself. Through this, young app developers are breaking into the industry and saturating the market with unique and high-demand features and solutions.

Health markets upcoming designer drug

Anyone in the medical industry will tell you that medicine and paperwork go hand in hand. This nearly primitive method of documenting is crucial to doctors and patients alike, but are often cumbersome and a nuisance. Mobile solutions allow anyone to record data, and gives the opportunity for the patient to explore the information as well. Because of this, professionals can devote more time to patients and improve the quality of their services. App developers can benefit the healthcare industry in more ways than one, incorporating a myriad of features that allow communication between doctor and patient to be seamless.

Although these are the three most prolific industries in the app building sector, many industries are beginning to see the benefit in having a companion in their pocket. An article written by eWeek put it best: “2016 could finally be the year when mobile apps are adopted to solve many of the daily work needs of both businesses, and the customers they serve.”

New Guidance for Health App Developers from OCR

New Guidance for Health App Developers from OCRThe demand for health apps continues to grow, and Snappii has already written about the role of mHealth in healthcare delivery. We also have mentioned special regulations for mHealth solutions and the role of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in health app development. However, many app developers wondered when they are subject to HIPAA regulations. Fortunately, on February 11, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released “Health App Use Scenarios & HIPAA” (Health App Guidance), which addresses the applicability of HIPAA to mobile device apps that collect, store, manage, organize, or transmit health information.

“Health App Use Scenarios & HIPAA” Guidance is the latest invention of OCR’s mHealth Developer Portal, a platform linked to the OCR privacy site and created for mobile health developers and others interested in the intersection of health information technology and the HIPAA privacy protection.

“These scenarios address two questions under HIPAA:

  1. How does HIPAA apply to health information that a patient creates, manages or organizes through the use of a health app?
  2. When might an app developer need to comply with the HIPAA Rules?”

Also, “Health App Use Scenarios & HIPAA” Guidance has a series of questions that developers should consider to determine whether or not they may be a business associate under HIPAA.

The Demand for mHealth Solutions

mHealth is an extremely popular solution. According to Transparency Market Research’s report, “the global mHealth services market is expected to expand at a 23.90% CAGR during the period between 2014 and 2020 owing to the rising areas of mHealth applications, increasing incidence of chronic diseases, and the increasing demand for home care services. The global mHealth services market stood at US $5.8bn in 2013 and is predicted to reach US $23.4bn by 2020”. So, to be successful in this direction, modern app developers should make sure to comply with all necessary regulations.

Role of mHealth in Healthcare Delivery

Role of mHealth in Healthcare DeliveryResearch2guidance in collaboration with the mHealth Summit in Riga have conducted the largest mHealth research so far. More than 5,000 experts shared their views to determine the status of modern mHealth and make some predictions for the next years. Here are a few findings of this research study.

mHealth Apps in the App Market

The 2015 mHealth App Developer Economics Study shows the growth of investments into the market. “Today there are 45,000 mHealth app publishers that have published at least one mHealth app into one of the major app stores. mHealth now represents 5% of the total app market in terms of number of apps”. Below you can see the spread of mHealth apps among the main app stores.

MHEALTH APPS IN THE APP MARKET

Who Are the Publishers of mHealth Apps Nowadays?

According to the research, the majority of modern mHealth app publishers are not related to medical industry thanks to codeless online app development platforms like Snappii’s, which make app development possible for anyone with basic computer skills. Nevertheless, many publishers consult with medical professionals. This is a win-win situation, allowing building high quality mobile apps at a fraction of the cost and significantly improving the healthcare experience of patients and their families.   “Today the main motivation for publishing mHelath apps is helping people with improving their health conditions (53%) and reducing costs or increasing efficiency of delivering health care (48%)”. The graph below shows what else motivates people to create mHealth apps.

motivation for publishing mHelath apps

What to Expect in the Future

The study shows that the primary target device for mHealth apps is a smartphone. This is expected to remain true over the next 5 years. Android and iOS are also projected to remain the dominant mHealth app development platforms.

Some researches on the business potential of modern mHealth apps have revealed that diagnostic apps have the highest potential in the next 5 years. Among other prosperous categories are medical condition management apps, electronic health records, and nutrition apps.

Despite these significant figures of mHealth market, it is just starting to change the way healthcare is delivered. Both patients and medical specialists have high expectations of mHealth solutions. It’s hard to foresee to what extent their expectations will be met, but close cooperation of medicine and technology is sure to bring more benefits in the future.

In Search of Right Regulations for mHealth Solutions

In Search of Right Regulations for mHealth SolutionsmHealth, defined by HIMSS as “the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, healthcare services and health research”, is a booming field nowadays. Studies show that “64% of medical professionals are using mHealth on a monthly basis, and 78% of smartphone users are interested in mobile health apps”. That said, whether the app is created for Continue reading “In Search of Right Regulations for mHealth Solutions” »

Stay Healthy with Snappii’s Physical Therapy and Fitness App

for blogWhen maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you want to make sure that you keep yourself in motion. With the new mobile technology, you can easily and conveniently keep your body in shape despite the dynamic and busy rhythm of life. Numerous mobile apps supporting fitness movement are appearing nowadays and providing the following benefits: Continue reading “Stay Healthy with Snappii’s Physical Therapy and Fitness App” »

Health Management with Mobile Technology

for blogAny company, especially the ones involving heavy physical labor, such as oil and gas and construction businesses, has an obligation to protect and promote the health of its employees in different work operations. To achieve this, establishing an effective health management system in the enterprise is required. Continue reading “Health Management with Mobile Technology” »

Mobile Technology to Assist Nursing Homes and Home Health Care Agencies

for blogTechnology is changing the world at warp speed, forever changing the face of contemporary healthcare, including nursing homes, home health care agencies, assisted living facilities, and retirement communities. “Since technology is used in nursing homes to admit and discharge residents, monitor patients’ dietary Continue reading “Mobile Technology to Assist Nursing Homes and Home Health Care Agencies” »

Is Your Mobile Health App FDA Compliant?

for blogMobile health apps are becoming increasingly popular with consumers. According to a research2guidance report, as of 2014, there were more than 100,000 mobile health apps available on iOS and Android platforms, and the total revenue from mobile health apps is expected to increase to $26 billion by the end of 2017. Continue reading “Is Your Mobile Health App FDA Compliant?” »

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