Will These Top Healthcare App Ideas Work in 2021 & Beyond? – Know Expert’s Point of View

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The healthcare sector always remains on the investment radar of investors. 

You must have witnessed the power of the healthcare industry in 2020 - when all other industries struggled to survive, the healthcare sector enjoyed an infusion of $$ from multiple sources. 

The three healthcare sectors that dominated the healthcare startup ecosystem in 2020 were clinical intelligence and enablement, screening and diagnosis and virtual care delivery. 

One of the reasons healthcare startups are able to draw a silver lining during the most challenging time is the problems they are aiming to solve. 

According to Statista, most healthcare startups are solving top real-life problems of the people such as timely access to care and healthcare costs. 

In the last few years, entrepreneurs and healthcare providers have actualized many game-changing healthcare app ideas. 

However, 2020 has changed the market scenarios and user behaviour dramatically. 

So, the question is worth asking - will healthcare apps that were once very successful remain successful in the year 2021 and beyond?  

Let’s find it out. 

Top Healthcare App Ideas for Canada (+ Will these app ideas work in 2021 and beyond?)

I have been proactive in the Canadian healthcare industry for 7 years. 

I have very useful experience working with several healthcare providers for healthcare apps, platforms, websites and complex EMR/EHR systems. 

There are many online resources that are telling entrepreneurs to jump into the healthcare industry with ‘these top’ healthcare apps. 

However, not all healthcare apps are meant to be successful - particularly in Canada due to different healthcare laws, consumers and business models. 

1) Telemedicine Apps

This is one of the most sought-after app ideas of the year 2020. In 2020, it worked exceptionally well for all existing startups and even new startups. 

A telemedicine app enables users to talk to licensed doctors remotely and virtually. Users are finding it more convenient, affordable and rapid compared to in-person visits with a doctor. 

There are many popular telemedicine apps in Canada such as Maple, Babylon by TELUS Health and Akira which have doubled their revenue in 2020. 

However, meeting healthcare laws while developing the telemedicine app is the major challenge. 

Will this app idea work in 2021 and beyond?

Yes. 

Because this tiny mobile app aims to solve many real-life challenges of the users in a single shot. 

It saves their time, travelling costs and supports their health cards too for free healthcare services. 

#ExpertAdvise 

The telemedicine market is already heating up in Canada. Once dominated by only a few players, now many more startups are taking a huge bite out of it. 

Thus, to survive in the competitive market, you have to take your telemedicine app to the next level. 

You need to generate multiple revenue streams by introducing online pharmacy and healthcare eCommerce services from your telemedicine app like Hims and Hers Health

You should also read: White-Label Telemedicine Solution - Starting From $25,000

2) Appointment Booking App

The major purpose of appointment booking apps is to let patients book appointments with physicians or any healthcare providers. 

Such type of app streamlines the entire appointment booking, rescheduling and reminder process. 

An appointment booking app not only benefits the users but also reduces tedious appointment management work at clinics or hospitals. 

Will this app idea work in 2021 and beyond?

No! 

Because all healthcare providers are using EMRs which are equipped with appointment booking features. 

Many other healthcare software including telemedicine also come with appointment booking features. 

Thus, it seems very unlikely that physicians will adopt a dedicated app for just taking appointments online. 

This not only costs them high but also adds additional vendor management burden. 

3) Mental Health Apps

COVID-19 and the harsh lockdown period have already pushed the mental health crisis to its peak. 

During the first wave of the COVID-19 in Canada in April 2020, Ipsos conducted a survey and they found that more than half of the Canadian population feel isolated, lonely and unhappy. 

In January 2021, they carried out the second survey and found the situation is worsening. 

A mental health app helps users fight stress and anxiety easily. 

Major benefits of mental health app include, 

  • Instant and Remote Mental Health Support From Professionals
  • Mood Tracking and Progress Report
  • Physical Fitness
  • Soothing Music and Mental Health Exercise Including Yoga
  • Pill and Diet Reminders

Will this app idea work in 2021 and beyond?

Yes. 

Because the awareness around mental health is constantly increasing and people are finding mobile apps as the most accessible and affordable toolkit to manage their mental health.  

Read this blog if you’re planning to develop a mental health app in Canada. 

4) Online Pharmacy or Medicine Delivery App 

In 2020, people preferred to buy all essential items including groceries, food, medicine online to avoid any direct contact and catch the virus. 

As expected, they found it so convenient that they are following the same buying pattern in 2021. 

An online pharmacy or medicine delivery app allows users to upload their prescriptions and get medicines delivered to their doorstep. 

Such an app also supports automatic refills to ensure that a patient never runs out of the pills. 

The online pharmacy market is so huge that even Amazon has jumped into it by acquiring a medicine delivery startup named PillPack

Will this app idea work in 2021 and beyond?

Yes. 

Because it addresses the real pain of the people. It lets them save time by not visiting the pharmacy. It lets them manage their entire medication plan from the mobile app itself. 

However, meeting healthcare compliance while developing a medicine delivery app is a big challenge. 

You should also read: How to Start an Online Pharmacy in Canada in 15 Days? 

5) Fitness Apps/Home Workout Apps

This is another most popular healthcare app category. 

The global fitness app market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 21.6% from 2020 to 2028 to reach USD 15.5 billion by 2028. 

There is a very large user base who dodges the gym membership and selects the free fitness mobile apps to keep active and physically fit without burning pocket. 

A home workout app also addresses all requirements of the users. Based on users’ fitness goal, the app automatically suggests them the workout plans. 

Such personalization increases the outcome and user experience. 

Generally, workout apps are free. 

However, to generate revenue, they follow the freemium model under which they offer a few basic app features for free - but a subscription plan for full access to premium features. 

Will this app idea work in 2021 and beyond?

Yes!

Because it offers flexibility to users to do the workout at any time. Beginners can also do proper workouts by watching workout videos on the app. 

Most importantly, it is much safer than visiting the gym - during the ongoing pandemic.  

6) Diet-Tracker App

Due to the pandemic, people have become health conscious like never before. They now have clear awareness that they need to build a strong immune system to beat any health challenge. 

Thus, they prepare the diet plans and decide to follow them. However, due to their busy lifestyle, they cannot follow the diet plan or track the food they take. 

Here is where a diet-tracker app plays its role. By just scanning the QR code of the packaged food, users can add the calories they are consuming each day. 

They can add it manually too. 

The diet-tracker apps are so smart that they analyze the food intake of the users and provide personalized suggestions that help users to achieve any health goal.  

A few diet-tracker apps also facilitate users to virtually talk to real dietitians for expert advice. 

Will this app idea work in 2021 and beyond? 

Yes - but not with all. 

There are many similar apps available for public use for free. However, these apps provide basic features and poor UI with lots of ads and thus, these apps are not successful. 

In 2021, people want a full-fledged diet-tracking app that solves their all diet-related challenges. 

They want something easy - so easy that they only need to take the picture of the food they are having and the app automatically identifies the food and counts calories! 

(Yes, such apps are available and can be developed using AI and machine learning!) 

7) Employee Wellness App

With employers understanding the fact that an unhealthy employee can never attain a productivity goal, the culture of employee wellness programs is emerging quickly in Canada. 

An employee wellness app offers several wellness programs such as, 

  • Online Fitness Centre
  • Smoking Cessation Programs
  • Primary Care Services
  • Online Yoga Classes 
  • Family Counselling 
  • Healthy Eating Habits
  • Mental Health Program

With an employee wellness app, employers can start and manage the employee wellness programs very easily from a single dashboard. 

They can even track the current state of mental and physical health of all employees. 

Dialogue is the best example of an employee wellness app. 

Will this app idea work in 2021 and beyond?

Yes. 

However, your target audience will be limited as not all employers are planning to start employee wellness programs. 

But the good news is that they are slowly and steadily adopting the new wellness culture at the workplace. 

So, if not in 2021, your app will experience massive success in 2022 and beyond. 

You should also read: How to Start Employee Wellness Programs with Your Own Mobile App?

You might have these doubts if you are planning to develop a healthcare app in Canada

  • Cost:

The healthcare app development cost in North America is $30000+. 

However, there are many Asia-based app agencies that can deliver you the app for under $15000. 

But the healthcare app developed for the North American market by an Asian app agency fails to meet healthcare laws and remarkable mobile app UI. 

  • Compliance:

Based on the region and type of your mobile app, you have to adhere to healthcare compliance laws. 

For instance, 

If you’re planning to develop a healthcare app in Ontario, you have to address PIPEDA (federal-level privacy law) and PHIPA (Ontario’s own healthcare-specific privacy law). 

Similarly, if you’re planning to develop a healthcare app in Alberta, you have to address PIPEDA and HIA (Alberta’s own healthcare-specific privacy law). 

Due to compliance challenges, it is always crucial to hire an app agency that has expertise with Canadian data privacy laws.  

We’re a healthcare-focused app agency with dedicated compliance experts - in addition to developers & designers! 

Being a Canadian company, we understand the gravity of compliance. 

Our development team works with the compliance team to develop a compliant healthcare app in record-breaking time. 

We also accommodate business experts who provide you with free business consultation. 

This way, we not only develop the app but help you to be compliant with healthcare laws and also with business and market challenges. 

We have been serving the Canadian healthcare industry for more than 7 years and even worked with many long-term care homes and healthcare providers. 
You can check out our most recent case study on telemedicine app development.