How much does it cost to build a digital prescription app?

Standard price for a digital prescription app: $20,000

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What is a digital prescription app?

A digital prescription app is a web or mobile application that allows users to view and print digital copies of their prescriptions. The app is typically built for pharmacies and prescribers, but it can also be used by patients. It may enable users to search for a particular drug or medicine and view its expiration date, dosage instructions, side effects, interactions with other drugs, and more. Some apps may also allow users to send messages to the prescriber requesting a refill on their medication.

Digital prescription apps are used by Health Care professionals to deliver medications and track the progress of patients. They are highly similar to patient monitoring apps, although they use a different set of features because they only involve one person. Popular digital prescription apps include Propeller Health, Doctor on Demand, and PillPack.

Here are some recent digital prescription app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • An app that scans a patient's foot using an Occipital Structure Sensor. After taking the scan, the doctor fills out a digital prescription form and sends the form + scan to an email.

What is the typical cost to build a digital prescription app?

A digital prescription app usually costs $20,000 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $15,000 or as high as $25,000. A digital prescription app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent digital prescription app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $20,000

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of a app:

How long does it take to build a digital prescription app?

A digital prescription app usually takes 267 hours to build. However, a digital prescription app can be built in as few as 200 hours, or in as many as 333 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent digital prescription apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 267

How to successfully grow your digital prescription application

An app that deals with sensitive information like prescriptions needs to ensure that the security of its user's data is a top priority. In order to grow users quickly, an app in this category can provide a strong value proposition that makes it easier for patients to get prescriptions filled, and that makes it easier for pharmacies to fill those prescriptions. Apps in this category can also benefit from partnering with physicians and Health Care providers who may recommend the app to their patients.

Risks and challenges of building a digital prescription application

A digital prescription app could face legal risk if a user is not taking the medication as prescribed. Your app may also face regulatory risk if it does not meet requirements set by each state's Board of Pharmacy and Department of Health. You might, for example, be required to ask the user to take a picture of their pill bottle after each use or have a compliance officer review all prescriptions before they are approved.

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