On-Demand Nurse App Development: A Comprehensive Guide to Technical, Business, & Compliance

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Want to build an on-demand nurse app?

Or just want to grab some awesome knowledge regarding the Uber for nurses concept?

This blog has everything you need for it – from technical to business and compliance!

But Why Should You Prefer this Blog?

We are an Ontario-based healthcare-specific IT company.

We have been proactive in almost every healthcare market for the past 8+ years.

And being only a healthcare-focused IT company, we have extensive knowledge and ultimate expertise in an on-demand nurse app or any other healthcare app.

When we say ‘healthcare-specific’ – we also mention our 50+ business, technical and compliance experts.

It includes – UI/UX designers, web and app developers, compliance specialists, business analysts, QA engineers, integration experts, RPA engineers, and AI & ML specialists.

With our 3Es experience, expertise, and experts; we have written this blog to help you build the best Uber for nurses in Canada, the USA, the UK, or any other market!

How Does an On-Demand Nurse App Work?

It works similarly to other on-demand apps available in the market.

A user can book any service and receive it from the service provider in no time.

For example, Uber for taxis provides taxi services within minutes – at any time, from anywhere.

Similarly, in the Uber for Nurse app, patients or healthcare facilities can book services and nurses can provide the services as per their needs; within minutes.

How nurse app works?

And the following is a complete workflow for it.

1. For patients

  • Book an online nursing service
  • Manage appointments
  • Track services
  • Explore nurses by their expertise 
  • Pay online through multiple channels
  • Real-time chat with a nurse
  • Connect over video conferencing
  • Give ratings and feedback

2. For healthcare facilities

  • Put job opportunities with a description
  • Fill open shifts in no time
  • Access nursing credentials and documents
  • Nurse schedule management
  • Connect with nurses in real-time over the chat
  • Track nurses in real-time
  • Same-day payroll

3. For nurses

  • Set the availability that suits their lifestyle
  • Accept services or shift that fit their schedule
  • Manage credentials and documents in one place
  • Manage payments

With this process, an on-demand nurse app offers convenient solutions to patients and healthcare facilities in real-time.

Read our detailed guide on Doctor on-demand app development

A Guide to On-Demand Nurse App Development

It’s not rocket science.

What you need to do is – crack down on technical, business, and compliance challenges.

For that, here is the comprehensive guide prepared by our expert team!

Business Guide:

Right now, there is almost no competition in the market for a concept like Uber for nurses.

Besides, if you see, there is a huge nursing staff shortage in Canada and the USA.

Nurse shortages in USA

Making this the best time to invest in an on-demand nurse app development.

What you need to do is:

  • Help patients get in-home nursing care solutions.
  • Help nurses find the most appropriate care job.
  • Help healthcare facilities to get on-demand nurse services.

With the Uber for nurses app, you can target almost every healthcare facility such as –

  • Large-scale hospitals
  • Long-term or senior care facilities
  • Acute care facilities

However, if you want to add an extra layer of convenience with high revenue and profitability, here is a great idea.

Telehealth for nurses:

The telehealth market is skyrocketing right now due to the rising demand for virtual care solutions.

By implementing this feature, you can easily help nurses to provide virtual care solutions - anytime, anywhere.

North America telemedicine market

You can even add Tinder-like functionality to your application.

It will allow patients to explore the nurse's profile by swiping left and can get services by swiping right.

Healthcare business analysts

(Pro tip: Always hire healthcare-specific business analysts as they have a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of the healthcare industry.)

Technical Guide:

The best on-demand app for nurses is all about having – powerful features, reliable functionality, appropriate workflows, and user-friendly design.

There are 3 main development methods for developing an on-demand nurse app.

1. Custom app development

It is the process of developing the entire app from scratch (a login page too).

Custom app development is the best solution if you have unique requirements and want more flexibility and scalability.

But it should be noted that it requires high capital to invest as it takes a long development time and needs to build everything from scratch.

2. Clone app development

This is the best solution if you have low capital to invest and want to launch the on-demand nurse app in the market in less time.

Because it is the development process that is inspired by the original app with some unique functionality and features.

Meaning, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. 

3. MVP app development

This app development is widely famous among startups.

Because it allows you to launch the app in the market in less time for early-stage users (but with some basic features).

Then, as per the feedback from users, you’ll need to improve the app – features, performance, usability, functionality, and UI/UX.

Read our detailed guide on: MVP healthcare app development

(Pro tip: Hire healthcare-specific developers as they have extensive knowledge of healthcare usability, workflows, and functionality requirements.)

Why hire healthcare-specific developers?

Compliance Guide:

Multiple data privacy and security laws vary by country and region.

For example,

  • HIPAA applies in the USA
  • GDPR applies to 27 member countries of the European Union (EU)
  • PIPEDA applies in Canada (while PHIPA is for Ontario province)

And it’s important that your Uber for Nurse app must be compliant with these data privacy and security regulations.

Because these laws ensure that your app has no vulnerabilities or security loopholes that might put patients' personal, clinical, and financial data at risk.

If your app is not compliant with data privacy laws then, there is a high possibility of data breaches that often result in hefty fines from the federal government!

Read our detailed guide on: HIPAA Compliance Testing for Web App (A Free Checklist Included)

(Pro tip: To avoid that mess, make sure that you hire compliance specialists who have hands-on experience and ultimate expertise for any compliance needs.)

Top Features You Can Include in the On-Demand Nurse App Development

To sustain a powerful market presence, your app features play a big role.

So, with the help of our healthcare-specific business analysts, we have listed some of the most important features of the Uber for Nurse app.

For patients:

  • Patient profile or dashboard
  • Booking services
  • Tracking services
  • Treatment history
  • Real-time chatbot
  • Communication via chat, audio, and video conferencing
  • Medication tracker
  • Multiple payment methods
  • Reviews and feedback
  • Technical support

For nurse:

  • Nurse profile
  • Appointment management
  • Accept or decline the service
  • Set availability
  • Find the job as per the requirements
  • Document management
  • In-app, SMS, or email reminders for upcoming appointments
  • Connect via chat, audio, and video conferencing
  • Billing and invoicing 
  • Daily, weekly, or monthly reports
  • Track earning
  • Technical support

For healthcare facilities:

  • Post nursing jobs
  • Manage job requests and profiles
  • Explore the nurse's profile
  • Schedule nurse appointments
  • Real-time tracking
  • Access nurse credentials and documents
  • Contract management
  • Same-day-pay roll
  • Analytics and reporting
  • Technical support

With these features, you can develop a user-friendly, powerful, and profitable on-demand app for nurses.

How Much Does It Cost to Develop an On-Demand Nurse App?

The truth is – there is no fixed amount for it.

Because it totally depends on your development requirements and their complexity along with the number of hours consumed in the process.

We don’t want to give you a false number and mislead you about the cost.

However, several aspects influence the development costs and time.

  • UI/UX requirements
  • Features and functionalities needs 
  • Workflow requirements and their complexity
  • Technology stack
  • Compliance needs

Want to Build an Uber for Nurses App? Explore Our 17-Step Process to Develop a Profitable, Future-Ready, and Compliant App

Nurse app development process