People can’t even take some time off to buy medicines, let alone taking them on time. This is where the technology kicks in. On-demand medicine delivery applications have reduced the time taken in going to a physical medical store and buying medicines to a few taps on your smartphone screen and the medicines will be at your doorsteps. No doubt these applications are spreading like wildfire. It is quite evident that any application that brings convenience to the lives to people (and saves them from stepping out from their homes) ends up being a successful business model.
This article is dedicated to on-demand medicine delivery mobile app development for Android, iOS, and wearables. And we will also talk about the overall cost of medicine delivery mobile app.
But first, let’ talk about the market size of the m-Health market and its projected growth.
Market Size and Stats of Online Pharmacy App Development
According to Statista, the projected growth of the mHealth application market is expected to grow nearly USD $100 billion. If this is a shocking projection for you then brace yourself, by 2025 the market is predicted to grow around USD $332.7 billion. The numbers speak for themselves. This optimistic prognostication is not in vain but it is a product of meticulous observation of current market behavior towards mHealth app like medicine delivery apps.
The above graph shows the whole growth pattern of this digital health industry. It is certain that medicine delivery apps are destined to grow like anything. It makes it one of the most profitable markets right now. This is the reason the digital health industry is attracting investors from other fields as well.
- According to Zion market research, the e-pharmacy market was of the size of USD 42.32 billion in 2018 and is expected to rise to USD 107.53 billion by 2025.
- mHealth apps are expected to reach USD 111.1 billion by 2025, according to another report by Zion. The market was earlier valued at USD 8 billion in 2018.
Take a look at the size of the online Pharmacy global market through this graphical representation:
The following image displays the global e-pharmacy market share, by product, 2018
Another illustration following this text throws light on the pharmaceutical drug delivery market by region:
Why Medicine Delivery Apps are getting Famous?
The impact of medicine delivery apps is wide-spread and easy to witness. No doubt, it has changed many lives all around the world. But how did it happen? What are the qualities of a medicine delivery app, which helped users to move from visiting the physical medical store to a platform confined within a smartphone?
Convenience and time saving are the foundations of the success of any customer-centric business. Medicine delivery app has both. It is no brainer that it takes hours to go to a physical medical store. But on the app, all the medicines are just a few taps away. As a result, a work that used to take hours now takes only a couple of minutes.
This simple convenience has made medicine delivery apps a must-have app in everyone’s phone today.
- Cost Saving
An attribute of saving time attracts users towards medicine delivery app but Saving Cost ensures that users keep on using the application. A medicine delivery app has various customer loyalty programs which provide users with discount coupons on their orders.
In addition, if not the discount coupons, the app provides a feature that shows many cheap substitutes of the medicine searched by the user in the app. Hence, the user can order cheaper medicine containing the same salts.
A medicine delivery app provides detailed information about the medicine searched by the user within the application. It helps users to know about the salts containing in their medicines. Right education towards medicines spreads awareness among the users. This is a very much appreciated feature of the medicine delivery application.
Top Medicine Delivery Mobile Applications in the Market
- Capsule pharmacy delivery app
Features of Medicine Delivery Application
1. Signup and Login
3. Upload Prescriptions
4. Filters for Category Search
5. Medicine Details
6. Expansive Search
1. Manage Drug Details
2. Order notifications
3. Digital prescriptions
4. Manage Discounts
5. Order Management
8. Similar Medicines
For Delivery Boy
1. Courier Profile
2. Push Messages
3. Tracking system
4. Delivery updates
1. Inventory Management
2. Marketing Tools
3. Manage suppliers and users
4. Track Profits
5. Access & Generate Reports
Apart from all the above-mentioned features, there are some features that make a medicine delivery application different from the rest. These features help in beating the competition and leading the app marketplace.
- Communication (SMS, Mails, Push Notifications)
The idea is to keep the communication flawless between the users and the medicine delivery app. The alerts, updates, and confirmations of orders sent via SMS, mail and push notifications to the users help them to stay updated with their recent orders and upcoming discount offers as well.
- Expert Counselling
There could be a time when a user may need some expert consultation about the medicine or prescription. A dedicated expert counselling feature helps users to ask questions to the experts and get instant answers about their medical queries.
- In-app Camera
While uploading the picture of prescription the users no need to click a picture from another camera app then come back to the medicine delivery app and then search the picture in the gallery and then upload it. All this process is simply cut down to a simple in-app camera feature. If a user needs to upload a picture of prescription, then click from the app and upload from there.
- Document Upload & Scanning
This feature allows the user to scan the clicked picture of prescription or any other document and then simply upload it to the app to get medical assistance.
- Chabot Integration
Not all inquiries require a human to reply every time a user wants a question. To save the human power the ChatBot integration within a medicine delivery app helps users with various FAQs and other important queries within no time.
- CMS Integration
A versatile content management system (CMS) allows admin to manage entire content available on the medicine delivery application. Its smart and intuitive tools help admin to add, remove and manipulate content in the most efficient way.
- Pharmaceutical CRM Integration
Pharmaceutical customer relation management (CRM) is an essential tool for the app admins to maintain a successful business relationship with the users.
- Inventory Management Integration
A smart inventory management integration helps retailers to manage their products on the medicine delivery application.
- Real-Time Analytics
This is yet another admin-exclusive feature. It helps admins to get the real-time information of entire activities (user traffic, traffic according to region, income, etc.) going on the application.
- Role-based dashboards
Role-based dashboards are amazing tools for the admins of medicine delivery application. These roles based dashboards help admins to see the entire details of a particular category separately from other information. In other words, this feature allows admins to check everything on one screen while of the chosen category.
- Behaviour Tracking
This feature is really helpful for users. This feature tracks the user behavior by saving the frequently ordered items from the applications and keeps them on the top the next time the user opens the app to order something.
- Multiple Payment Options
A feature like this is an additional layer for the convenience of the users of medicine delivery application. Supporting almost all types of payment options helps all users to process the payment for their orders flawlessly. It improves the overall user experience too.
- Marketing Tools
Marketing tools are available for both retailers and admins. Retailers and admins can run various marketing campaign within the app to attract more users to visit the app frequently and buy more from the application.
- Lab Aggregation
Lab aggregation facilities checks on more point in the list of user convenience methods. With this feature, users can opt for any lab test and the experts will visit the user’s place, collect the samples and send the reports at the user’s doorsteps. This a whole new level of convenience.
Now, what it takes to build an app that reigns the app marketplace? The answer is as simple as it can be. A team of experienced and adroit developers is all it takes to build a successful business model out of a medicine delivery app. Who are the essential parts of this team? Let’s find out.
Team Structure for On Demand Medicine Delivery App
For developing a medicine delivery mobile app that attracts a wider user base, you require a team of medicine application developers. It is wise to make sure the developers have prior experience with the medical app development because medical apps require some extra compliance with the Govt. acts and norms. One more thing you should look for in a mobile app development company or team is that they are visionary enough to cope up with your vision and understand it profoundly. This way they will be able to incorporate their expertise to turn it into reality.
Here are the most essential members of an On-demand medicine delivery app,
- Project Manager
- Android Developers
- iOS Developers
- Backend App Developers
- Graphic Designers
- UX/UI Designers
- QA Testers
The number of concerned developers or designers may vary according to the project requirement.
Tech Stack Required for On Demand Medicine Delivery App
- Front end developer: Java, Swift, Angular, Java, CSS, HTML, React
- Back end developers: Python, Laravel, Node.js
- Push notifications, SMS and in-app messaging: Batch
- Payment processing: PayPal API, Stripe API, and Braintree SDK
- Database: MongoDB
- Cloud Environment: Google Cloud, AWS
- Location tracking: MapKit framework for iOS, and Google Maps SDK for Android
- Social login: Facebook, Google, Twitter APIs
How much does it cost to build an On Demand Medicine Delivery App?
A straightforward answer to this question is not quite possible without understanding the project requirement and the geographical location of application development. As it is quite obvious that a medicine delivery application may have various features and it can be built for multiple platforms like Android, iOS, and wearables.
Hence, there are various factors that can affect the overall cost of medicine delivery app development. Geographical location is a decisive factor in affecting the cost of development. For example, hiring a developer in the USA costs somewhere between USD $150-$250 per hour. On the other hand, in eastern European countries, it will cost USD $120-$180 per hour. However, it is wise to keep Asian countries like India in focus for the development, as hiring a developer in India costs only USD $40-$80 per hour.
In addition, the number of features and the number of platforms for which the app is being built are also important factors affecting the cost of development.
Therefore, just to have an idea we can assume an MVP (Minimum Viable Product) version of medicine delivery app is being built in India then it may cost around USD $25,000 – $50,000. However, it should be kept in mind that including various advanced features and making the app available on multiple platforms may cause the development cost to go beyond USD $50,000.
Rahul Mathur is the founder and managing director of ARKA Softwares, a company renowned for its outstanding mobile app development and web development solutions. Delivering high-end modern solutions all over the globe, Rahul takes pleasure in sharing his experiences and views on the latest technological trends.