Is Cross-Platform Development Right for You & Your Mobile Medical App?

Is Cross-Platform Development Right for You and Your Mobile Medical App?

Your company has decided to create a mobile medical app. Perhaps it will monitor your medical instrument, streamline the workflow of a health care practitioner, improve patient compliance, or educate patients. When you come to us to develop your app, we’ll ask a series of questions to determine your requirements.

One of the first questions we’ll ask is, “Which mobile platform do you want to support: Android, iOS, or both?” (Although there are other options, Android and iOS have the lion’s share of the market and my focus will be on supporting these two mobile platforms.) If you answer “iOS only” or “Android only”, our follow-up questions will be, “How likely is that to change?” and “Have you considered the possibility of supporting the other platform in the future?” Having managed multiple mobile development efforts, I have found that thoughtful and early consideration of these questions is essential for choosing a cost- and time-effective means for development. In fact, one of my current clients initially targeted a single platform and is now facing the possibility of supporting the other platform. Fortunately, we had discussed and agreed on cross-platform support before development began.

Regardless of whether you are considering supporting or will definitely support both platforms, what development environment is right for you and your mobile app? The options are to use the native environment, for “just iOS” or “just Android”, or a cross-platform environment which will support both.  Let’s explore cross-platform development.

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