How much does it cost to build a health app?

Standard price for a health app: $19,000

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What is a health app?

A health application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that helps users monitor their health. Common features of health apps include the ability to track daily exercise and food consumption, analyze historical data to identify trends over time, receive recommendations for improving one's health based on collected data, and share progress with friends or family members via social networks. Some applications may also enable users to receive notifications from medical professionals (e.g., doctors) when they need to take medication or schedule a doctor's visit.

Health apps are similar to fitness apps for tracking workouts and fitness data, but they also share features with both medical device apps and prescription drug apps. Popular health and fitness applications include Fitbit, Apple Health, Under Armour Record, and WebMD.

Here are some recent health app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A microdosing tracking app.

  • An app that aims to help people with anxiety/depression, especially those exhibiting suicidal and self-harming behaviors. It has 4 "blocks" built out that are meant to be pathways to develop specific skills. There will also be a section of the app dedicated to parents, including tutorials.

  • A mobile app that support users to have better posture. The app will use the phone's compass to send a notification to the user when their phone is at a certain level to remind them to stand straight/tall.

What is the typical cost to build a health app?

A health app usually costs $19,000 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $10,000 or as high as $35,000. A health 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 health app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $30,000

  • $15,000

  • $12,000

How long does it take to build a health app?

A health app usually takes 253 hours to build. However, a health app can be built in as few as 133 hours, or in as many as 467 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 health apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 467

  • 267

  • A mobile app that support users to have better posture. The app will use the phone's compass to send a notification to the user when their phone is at a certain level to remind them to stand straight/tall.

How to successfully grow your health application

A health app needs to develop a loyal user base in order to thrive in the competitive app market. Many health apps are focused on diet and exercise, so the most important metric for these apps is whether or not people are actually using them. For this reason, health apps should focus on providing users with detailed information about how they can improve their health, and they should offer incentives for improving their fitness. Some health apps offer free access to premium features if users sign up for premium accounts, which encourages new users to stay on the platform longer.

Risks and challenges of building a health application

A health app faces risks related to the storage of sensitive medical information, HIPAA compliance, and the recording of user behavior for test purposes. It is important that a health app clearly provide users with information about how their data will be stored and used. Health apps should use SSL encryption for all data transmission and store user data in a manner consistent with HIPAA standards. It is also recommended that health apps anonymize any user behavioral data before storing or transmitting it to prevent the identification of individual user patterns through de-anonymization techniques.

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