Imagine a doctor writing you the wrong prescription, mixing up and losing your medical files, or just walking out half way through your visit. Obviously this isn’t someone you would trust with your health. The same thing rings true for MedTech applications.
Would you trust your health to a buggy application that crashes all the time? When it comes to issues of health, everyone wants the best care available, which means having a good doctor when you go in for a check-up and having good developers behind the MedTech apps that users are downloading to diagnose a child’s vision problems or to track and regulate blood pressure.
When making a MedTech product you need to create reliability, quality for your user base and you also have to pass both health and data regulations in order to even release your product.
Creating Apps and Real World Solutions
MedTed applications have become much more than mobile apps that remind users when to take their pills. There are a lot of high-tech applications and IoT devices on the market that allow users to basically carry a full set of diagnostic tools with them anywhere they go. One interesting example is an app by Visiomed called BewellConnect. It is an app that connects all of Visiomed’s IoT devices which include an oximeter, a contactless thermometer, a glucose meter, a scale, and more. This allows users to gather and track their own medical data and share it with doctors.
More mobile medical applications are being released all the time and the successful ones all have something in common. They all involve the collaboration of medical professionals with expert IT developers. Medical professionals know what functionalities are useful for patients and doctors while skilled developers know the best way to integrate these functionalities into reliable mobile apps or IoT devices.
Let the doctor take care of the pain points in your back and find developers that will address the pain points related to MedTech product development. These paint points are related to reliability, quality, and regulations. Of course creating quality and reliability is important for every project, if you want something to sell it needs to be both. Reliability and quality is doubly important for MedTech apps where performance has consequences on a user’s health. In addition to this, MedTech apps that do not adhere to the strictest quality guidelines will not get through FDA regulations in the US or achieve the ISO 13485 certification in Europe. Passing regulations are necessary if you want your product to ever reach the market.
One final pain point for any applications that will deal with user data from European Union residents is related to the GDPR. Medtech applications and devices usually manage a lot of sensitive personal and some devices send medical data to doctors as part of there function. With so much personal information being dealt with extra attention needs to be taken to taken on processes that revolve around personal data and especially on data security.
Agile methodologies are compatible with startups and IT development in general and they are also very applicable to MedTech projects. One of the cornerstones of Agile Methodologies is quick and regular product releases. In general this allows the client and/or users to test the product and deliver valuable feedback to the developers as they work on subsequent releases of the same application.
This can be considered especially useful for creating reliability and quality in MedTech apps. Its obvious to assume that most IT developers don’t have an MD, which means they probably don’t fully understand all of the medical ideas behind the application they are building. The inverse is also easy to assume, most MDs are not also senior IT developers, which means they probably do not fully understand the tech decisions that need to be made to implement their ideas.
Frequent releases allow medical professionals in the project to see if their ideas are being implemented correctly and then they can provide feedback. Developers can then discuss how to best structure the code they are writing to compliment the medical functionalities that need to be perfected as they continue with further project sprints.
Full-Stack MedTech Development
When it comes to healthcare, communication is critical, and the same is true for creating medical technology. Before a MedTech project gets started, steering committee meetings that involve medical professionals and the IT project director will help the team understand the goals of the project. After that, frequent releases and team meetings help to ensure that the final product comes out correctly.
Not just correct, the final product needs to be perfect. If a normal app malfunctions it may be an annoyance to the user but if a MedTech app malfunctions a user’s health can end up at risk. Even after an application is finished it still needs to be hosted and maintained to ensure it is always accessible and up to date.
Test driven development is another way of focusing on results and making sure everything is 100% reliable. Creating MedTech apps is a science and strict procedures need to be followed to guarantee proper functionality. Working with a dedicated team makes it easier to follow and implement such procedures. This will not just help create quality and reliability but will maximize your ability to adhere to FDA and ISO 13485 regulations.
Teaming up with a full-stack dedicated IT service provider is the perfect choice for mobile MedTech projects. Good full-stack teams will participate in project planning before the project is launched, perform product development, and then maintain the product after its release. They are involved throughout the entire product life-cycle and will perform testing throughout the entire process. A full-stack team will not just understand your goals but share them, ensuring that your product and your end-users are getting the attention they need.