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MED+TECH | Are we there yet? the #HealthTech malfunction continues...

As a digital health innovator, you know *exactly* the overwhelming experience of watching your darling product shred to pieces. You thought you've done particularly well for the nth time, yet something didn't quite work out. Innovating in this sphere is truly NOT for the faint-hearted, it is highly volatile indeed.

Ok, let's illuminate some common struggles innovators face👇:

Developing a digital health app can be a challenging process, and there are several obstacles that developers may encounter. Here are some of the common obstacles in developing a digital health app:

  • Regulatory compliance: Developing a digital health app involves complying with several regulatory requirements, such as HIPAA regulations, which can be complex and time-consuming. The European region has even stricter regulations such as EU GDPR, The AI Act and the MDR 2017-745 to be considered. Learn about international standardizations (ISO), and regional regulatory compliances prior to even designing your product. Trust me on this.

  • Data privacy and security: Health data is sensitive, and developers must ensure that the app's data privacy and security are up to industry standards.

  • Interoperability: Digital health apps must be interoperable with other systems and devices, such as electronic health records (EHRs), medical devices, and wearables.

  • User engagement: Digital health apps must be engaging and user-friendly to encourage users to use the app regularly and comply with treatment plans.

  • Clinical validation: (Most) Digital health apps must undergo clinical validation to ensure that they are effective and safe for use.

  • Technical challenges: Developing a digital health app involves addressing technical challenges, such as integration with various data sources and ensuring app performance and scalability.

  • Funding: Developing a digital health app can be expensive, and developers may encounter challenges in securing funding to cover the costs of development, regulatory compliance, and marketing.

By being aware of these obstacles, innovators can plan accordingly and take steps to mitigate risks, ensure compliance, and build an effective digital health app that meets the needs of users and healthcare providers.

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