What All It Takes To Develop A Medicine Delivery App Like 1mg?

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What All It Takes To Develop A Medicine Delivery App Like 1mg?

Long queues, monotonous waiting in line before meeting a doctor to get analyzed, treated and again go through the same process in a pharmacy is hectic. The desperation to check with a doctor when injured and the uneasiness that comes along with the gloomy faces of multiple patients in a hospital seem like decades ago with online medicine delivery app development.

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A medicine app help users and patients to customize, schedule and order medications at their own convenient time, day and date. Most importantly, via these medicinal apps, pharmacies can automatically get notified about re-filling patient medications. This avoids failure of treatment and also enhances the patient treatment experience at the simultaneously.

Need to Develop Medicine Delivery App

The need to build pharmacy apps are increasing by the minute. Because they also help in providing medical services easily and conveniently to remote place without any restriction or delay. This helps to alert, notify and remind patients at remote places to take medicines on-time. Medicine delivery apps can also be used to logging patient data within pharmaceutical and hospital database for increasing the interoperability to personalize medicine reminders. It also helps pharmacies to manage inventory immutably by tracking patient medical schedules for re-fills according to treatments.

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Do you want to develop a life-saving and enhanced online medicine delivery app like 1mg? Keep Reading.

Features that make a medicine delivery app successful

Development of Customer Panel

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Basic Sign-in/Sing-out and Sign-up features are a must

Users and patients must be able to sign in with their existing accounts and these accounts might be an e-mail id with a password or a mobile phone number with a One Time Password (OTP) as an authenticator. Existing users must be able to sign out of the app by their convenience. New users must be able to create an account for themselves by providing necessary demographic details. This account information must include details such as their doctor, treatment and medicinal prescriptions that will be used for ordering and re-filling.

Uploading prescription to schedule re-fills

User must be able to attach their prescription digitally through the medicine delivery app to the respective pharmacies. This must enable the pharmacies to access respective prescriptions and schedule orders, deliveries on-time. This helps medical pharmacies to maintain re-filling record of patients easily online without the traditional confusion in paperwork. Using advanced system with Artificial Intelligence (AI) enhances the system even better to automatically get notified of orders and re-filling schedules.

Locate nearby pharmacies

Users and patients must be able to identify, locate and validate pharmacies near them through an in-app online map. This will help especially in circumstances of emergencies. Validation of pharmacies can be accomplished by allowing users to connect with pharmacies to text, audio or video call via the app. Developers can even use decentralized methods such as proof of authentication.

Development of medicinal service provider panel

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Real-time connection with users and patients

Hospitals, pharmacies and virtual medical assistants must be available 24X7 for support, query resolve and enhance the treatment experience. This can be made possible by developing a user/patient support section. Also, real-time connection with patients ensure to keep an eye on patient illness treatment at all times. This in turn helps doctors to understand the illness better and provide efficient care.

Real-time tracking of patient’s stock in medicine

The consumption of medicine on a daily basis brings the need to re-fill after the depletion of the current stock and also re-check with a doctor for any changes in prescription. Thus, pharmacies and doctors must be able to see the consumption of medicine in real-time through data.

For example, develop a section where a patient medicinal data states currently how much tablets they have in-hand for their illness. As they keep consuming, the patient must enter the tablet consumed in number and automatically it changes the total tablets in-hand. Once it reaches zero, pharmacies will be notified for a re-fill.

Also, this same feature helps to notify patients in case they have missed to take medication on a particular data. This is possible by making patients enter details such as time, day when the medicines are to be taken and the app will remind them automatically.

List down PRN medications

There are occasions when certain medicines do not need to be consumed daily but only when needed. Your medicinal delivery app must list down such medications and notify the patient at the right time and day to remind them to consume those medicines without forgetting or procrastination.

Development of administrator panel

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Control, monitor inventory and scheduling of orders

The authoritative personnel must be able control the inventory to maintain and manage the inventory to ensure minimal shell-life as well as provide minimum viable service. They must also be able to schedule orders according to the customized re-fill time and delivery location of patients.

Analytics on user/patient data

Using advanced technology tools such as AI, IBM SPSS, Qlik view, etc. can provide better insights on medicinal consumption on patients and make smart, better healthcare decisions. These decisions may include such as finding alternative medicines for medicines that are least consumed or understand patient’s medical behavior, etc.

Secure data in privacy

User/patient health data is critical and must not be manipulated. Thus, make sure to encrypt the data with a public or private key. You can also offer two-factor authentication protection for each user account.

Key personnel who should be involved in the development process

These are some of the key personnel who should be a part of the development to make your online medicinal delivery app successful.

  • Mobile application developers
  • Testers / Quality Analysts
  • UI/UX designers
  • Marketing team
  • Team leader
  • Key doctors and pharmacies for medicinal support, etc.

Time taken to develop a medicine delivery app

Following is the average minimum and maximum time taken to develop a medicine delivery app.

Size of the appDevelopment stage Minimum time takenMaximum time taken
SmallUI/UX design2 weeks 3 weeks 
MediumUI/UX design5 weeks 6 weeks 
LargeUI/UX design9 weeks 10 weeks 
SmallDevelopment & testing6 weeks 7 weeks 
MediumDevelopment & testing14 weeks 15 weeks 
LargeDevelopment & testing20 weeks 22 weeks 
SmallBeta testing & deployment1 week 1 week 
MediumBeta testing & deployment2 weeks 2 weeks 
LargeBeta testing & deployment3 weeks 3 weeks 

Cost of developing a medicine delivery app

On an average, the following is approximate cost involved in developing a medicine delivery app.

Development FunctionCost of Development 
Hiring an app DeveloperUSD 25-50/hour
Android app platformUSD 23K 
Windows app platformUSD 18k
iOS app platformUSD 28k

Summary: Development of medicine delivery app depends upon on features you include

Each feature has its own function and functionality. Understand the core function that you want to develop for pharmacies and patients. Focusing on that, develop other features that support that one particular core function. Throughout the development process, it is important to make sure that there will be no data leak from the app after deployment. Thus, also provide constant updates and perform continuous maintenance.

Medicine delivery apps help doctors to treat patients better, help patients to get cured sooner, help pharmacies to connect with doctors and patients conveniently. Most of all medicine delivery apps help saving lives at your doorstep without having to travel to hospital like before.

By | 2019-11-06T08:01:39+00:00 November 5th, 2019|mHealth, Mobile Apps, On-demand|Comments Off on What All It Takes To Develop A Medicine Delivery App Like 1mg?

About the Author:

Sonal Mehta is a Content Lead at Solulab, USA based leading Blockchain Technology, mobile apps and software development agency, started by Ex vice president of Goldman Sachs, USA and Ex iOS lead engineer of Citrix. Solulab help build startups - we are a no-sweat technical partner for early stage entrepreneurs to launch ideas from scratch and for later stage startups to build more quickly and affordably.

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