Mobile industry is one of the most flourishing industries in the world today. Especially, when it comes to healthcare mobility, it is growing at a massive rate as well. But, at the end of the day, what is leading to the success of the mobile healthcare industry or the mobility industry is the fact that the mobile applications are turning out to be extremely useful. The mobile applications are spurring a new wave of convenience in the world. At the same time, they are making the processes very quick. For example, electricity bill payment through a mobile application has become ultra-convenient as well as very fast. If we compare it to the old days when we used to visit the electricity bill payment office and stand in queues, we will see the massive impact that the mobile app has done.
Tremendous growth of the healthcare mobile applications
Mhealth applications are high in demand, and therefore, the development of such apps is all time high. The healthcare mobile apps have, unquestionably, led to the beginning of a completely new era in the world of healthcare. Basically, these apps are known to increase the visibility of the medical services. At the same time, with the help of the apps, the bridge between the doctor and the patients have become clear. Clinics are no longer confided to only the four sterile walls. In fact, apps have given rise to something revolutionary, like to e-clinics. So, starting from finding the best doctor nearby to booking an appointment to even connecting with the doctor digitally, healthcare apps have made whole lot of things possible. Though, there are numerous benefits associated with the mobile apps or the healthcare applications, but there are a few of the top challenges to tackle as well, and one of them is the security of the healthcare apps.
Why is security of the healthcare app a major concern? How to tackle, solve and avoid the security risks?
Considering security as a priority while developing the application
The best way to avoid any security problem that may arise is by laying down security as the major priority while developing the healthcare mobile applications. There are several features and elements that can added to an app in order to make it secure. First of all, since we are talking about healthcare mobile apps, there are already some of the rules that have to be followed. Apart from that, the experts have introduced various elements and add-ons that can be included in the app to make it secure. But, the key here is to consider security as a main priority or a major concern while making the app. If the app which is developed is strong enough to dodge any security threat, then half of the problem is solved already. And, the other half can be saved by upgrading the app every now and then and adding more and more security features in the app.
Be careful with the transfer of data
mHealth apps have functions the may require you to transfer the data as well. For example, you may have to share some of the medical records or test reports digitally via the app. And, the doctor might have to share your prescription or any other useful tip or advice through the app as well. And, most importantly, the payment gateway and the personal details section will also require transfer of data. Therefore, app will require a lot of data transfer so make sure you are sharing the data only through the safe means provided within the app and not anywhere else. Also, the developers will have to make sure that they have added some of the latest features the safeguard the data when it getting transferred from one place to the other. If the data is transferred via the safe mechanisms offered within the app, then the risk of data theft minimizes automatically.
Apart from the two key points listed above, there are various other ways to protect the data and to amplify the security of the healthcare mobile apps. But, at the end of the day, the major steps would have to be taken by the makers of the apps, especially the healthcare mobile app developers. If the core of the app is strong, and if the app contains all the right features to keep the data safe, then the user won’t have to worry a lot about the security of the information stored or transferred via the app.
Author Bio: Johnny Morgan – A Healthcare Expert, working with Aegis Health Tech as senior developer from last 5 years. He has extensive experience in Healthcare software development, Patient portal software, EMR, EHR Development and HL7 integration.