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Ten Disruptive Features a Nursing App Should Have in 2023

Nursing app development

Include these 10 features in your nursing app to streamline patient care and launch successful projects

Nursing is an extremely important and challenging field. Nurses are on the front lines, caring for patients and helping them get back to health. It can be difficult to keep track of everything when you're always on the go. That's why nurses are increasingly using specialized medical apps to streamline their daily practice. 

If you want to start a successful business in a competitive HealthTech industry, nursing app development is what you should consider. This post will give you an idea of what features to include in your nursing diagnosis app and how to find a reliable team to help you implement your project.

Ten features of the best app for nurses and nursing students

Each software development project is unique. Before starting implementation, we, at Erbis, conduct a detailed business analysis, research the market, study competitors, and create a comprehensive software development plan. We work closely with the client at the pre-development stage to ensure that our product vision meets the client's expectations, budget, and deadlines. We also discuss different technologies and tools to find the most efficient yet price-friendly alternative.

At the end of project implementation, we deliver a tailor-made and brand-representing product. However, with 10+ years of experience in developing healthcare software, we have identified ten features that have become essentials in nursing apps.

Medication management 

The bestnursing app will have a medication management feature that includes a searchable database of all the medications for which a nurse is responsible. This database should be easy to use and allow nurses to quickly find the information they need.

In addition to a searchable database, the best nursing appwill also have a medication dosage calculator and a way to track when each medication was given. This is important for managing patients' medication schedules and making sure they're receiving their drugs on time.

Your app should also provide nurses with an opportunity to manage patient allergies. This is important for ensuring that patients are not given medications to which they are allergic. 

Finally, the users should have a way to manage emergency contacts. This will ensure that hospital staff can quickly get in touch with a patient's family or friends in case of an emergency.

Medication management in a nursing app
Medication management in a nursing app

Patient vitals tracking

The vitals tracking feature is a huge time-saver for nurses. It allows them to spend more time with patients instead of running back and forth between the ward and the nurses' station.

You can implement the vitals tracking feature by collecting data from patients’ wearable devices and sensors. This data is then processed and analyzed by an AI-powered algorithm. If deviations from the norm are detected, the nurse receives a notification and takes steps to help the patient.

Your app must also be connected to the call button, so the patient can call for help at any time.

Appointment and shift scheduling

The nursing schedule app helps users to organize their appointments and shifts. It also includes a built-in calendar that makes it easy to book time for vacation, continuing education courses, and more. Plus, you can include the shift-swapping feature to let nurses trade shifts with their colleagues, so everyone can get the time off they need.

All in all, the manage schedule feature is essential in a nursing app as it allows medical personnelto control their workload whether they are at the hospital, at home, or out traveling. It helps nurses organize their appointments and find the right balance between work and life.

Scheduling feature in a nursing app
Scheduling feature in a nursing app

Lab results

Nurses need to stay up-to-date on the latest research and treatments, which is why lab results is an essential feature in your medical app.

To implement it, you should synchronize with the hospital's lab results system. Thus, when the results of the tests are received, they automatically become available to the attending physician and the caring doctor assistant.

To make your app more advanced, you can synchronize with third-party laboratories and provide nurses with test results received out of the hospital. For that, you should implement a custom API to enable third parties to integrate with your system and share data through a secure protocol.

The nurse users would also appreciate the ability to export lab results into PDF format and print them out directly from the app. In addition, you could provide an opportunity to make notes about the received results in your nursing app.

Lab tests in a nursing app
Lab tests in a nursing app

Doctor and specialist communication

Another feature to consider is whether or not yourapp will allow for communication between medical specialists. This is important because, as we all know, nurses are often the glue that holds the medical world together. So, they can use messaging to instantly inform doctors about a patient's condition.

While there are many different ways to communicate, it is convenient having an app that gathers all members of a patient's care team in one place.

So when you're looking for an agency to develop a nursing app, be sure to discuss with them the feature on in-app chat and video calling.

Administrative tasks

One of the features presented in most nursing apps these days is the ability to manage and schedule administrative tasks. This includes things like filling out patient records, setting up appointments, ordering supplies, and creating nursing care plans in an app.

With the administrative features, nurses can easily keep track of everything that they need to do in one place. This can help to save time and increase efficiency. It can also help to reduce the amount of paperwork that healthcare workers deal with on a daily basis.

CEU and license renewal

Nurses should regularly renew their licenses and keep up with their CEU (continuing education unit). A nursing app can make the renewal process easier and more convenient. It can provide a personalized learning plan and a calendar that helps nurses keep track of all their deadlines and requirements. Additionally, it can connect with other nurses and let users receive support during their renewal process.

Continuing education for nurses in an app
Continuing education for nurses in an app

Nursing news and journals

Nurses need to be up-to-date on the latest research and developments in their field. And the best way to do that is to read nursing news and journals on a regular basis.

To implement this, you could use AI technology that would surf the Internet, filter information, and display valuable insights.

It is crucial that your application share information from trusted sources. So, consider giving priority to the websites of major nursing organizations like the American Nurses Association or the National League for Nursing.

Social networking for nurses

Another cool feature that you might want to consider is social networking for nurses. This can be a great way for nurses to connect, share information, and stay in touch.

There are a few different nursing apps that offer social networking functionality such as AllNurses, Mighty Nurse, EverydayNurses, NurseZone, and more.You'll want to do some research to find out what your competitors are about. But, in general, your app should provide an opportunity to follow the members of the nursing community, create, like, share posts, and join interest groups.

Sharing real nursing stories at Nurse.com
Sharing real nursing stories at Nurse.com

Integration with other systems

When it comes to app development, one of the most important things to consider is third-party integrations. How will your app work with other systems? What kind of data will you need to collect? How will you manage, schedule, and track that data?

In a nursing app, you should collect and track data from a variety of sources, including electronic health records (EHRs), patient portals, wearables, and more. You also need to ensure that your app works seamlessly with existing hospital systems.

The integration opportunities should be discussed with your technology partners before the development starts. By defining companies and systems you want to integrate with, you can create a more holistic product that provides real value to nurses and hospitals alike.

How to find a reliable team to implement your nursing app project

Nursing is a demanding and highly specialized field that requires great attention to detail. That's why it's so important to have a reliable team in place to help with implementing nursing software.

When looking for a technology partner, it's important to consider the following:

Experience. The team should have proven experience in implementing medical software and be familiar with the specific needs of the nursing field.

Compatibility. The team should be compatible with your company culture and values, and be able to work harmoniously together.

Expertise. The team should be experts in software development, data collection and analysis, AI/ML technologies, cloud apps and have a proven track record of success.

Finding a team that meets all of these criteria can be challenging, but it's well worth the effort. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

1. Do your research. Make sure to read reviews and compare different providers before making a decision.

2. Book a call. Talk to company representatives in person and discuss how the workflow will be organized.

3. Ask for a project estimate. Rough estimates are usually provided cost free, so you can compare prices from different providers and choose the most appropriate price/value ratio.

When it comes to software development outsourcing, it's crucial to go with a provider you can trust. Erbis has been developing quality healthcare software for over 10 years, and we're dedicated to helping nurses and doctors provide the best possible care for their patients. If you want to create a successful nursing app, don't hesitate to get in touch.

December 15, 2022