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Doctor-On-Demand App Development

Features, Architecture, Skills, and Costs

ScienceSoft draws on 18 years of experience in healthcare IT to help both healthcare software product companies, including startups, and healthcare providers create reliable and user-friendly doctor-on-demand apps.

Doctor-On-Demand App Development - ScienceSoft
Doctor-On-Demand App Development - ScienceSoft

Doctor-On-Demand App Development in a Nutshell

Doctor-on-demand app development may take...

Project roles: project manager, healthcare IT consultant, software architect, DevOps engineer, UX and UI designers, software developers (front-end, back-end, mobile), QA engineers, cybersecurity and compliance specialists.

Cost: $150,000–$250,000+, depending on the app's complexity.

Doctor-On-Demand App Market

The global doctor-on-demand software market is growing rapidly and is expected to reach $504.24 billion by 2030, with a CAGR of 19.7%. Doctor-on-demand apps enhance care convenience and accessibility, leading to improved patient outcomes and a reduction in paperwork, hospital readmissions, and service costs.

Key Features of Doctor-On-Demand Software

Doctor-on-demand apps enable patients’ immediate access to online consultations with healthcare specialists. Along with telemedicine functionality, such apps often feature e-prescribing, medication mailing, treatment management, and in-app billing.

Appointment management

  • Criteria-based search for medical specialists (e.g., by specialization, rating, availability).
  • Consultation booking, canceling, and rescheduling.
  • Instant matching with available doctors and one-tap emergency calls.
  • Appointment notifications (SMS, email, push).
  • Automated doctor referral processing.
  • Post-visit ratings and reviews.
  • Chatbots for appointment scheduling.
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Doctor-patient communication

  • Pre-visit patient questionnaires.
  • Audio- and videoconferencing, including store-and-forward telemedicine for case evaluation.
  • Instant doctor-patient messaging.
  • Secure storage for the recorded audio and video sessions and chat history.
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Treatment and medication management

  • In-app access to patient medical history and treatment plans.
  • In-app scanning and uploading of medical documents and prescriptions.
  • Lab test assignment and follow-up.
  • Collaborative consultations.
  • Custom or template-based creation of visit summaries, treatment and medication plans.
  • In-app digital prescriptions and refills.
  • In-app activation of medication mailing.
  • Medication intake log and reminders.
  • Notifications for preventive screenings and vaccinations.
  • Clinical decision support.
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Condition self-management

  • Vitals collection via manual entry or integration with wearables and smart medical devices.
  • Daily symptom logging.
  • Symptom checker and a triage tool for initial assessment.
  • Patient health forums for peer support and information exchange.
  • Patient knowledge base with disease-specific articles, pre- and post-visit instructions, diet and lifestyle recommendations.
  • Condition-specific audio and video exercises.
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Analytics and reporting

  • Automated KPI calculation and monitoring (e.g., care quality, patient outcomes and engagement).
  • Financial analytics, real-time cash flow tracking.
  • AI-powered predictive analytics to identify high-risk patients, forecast service demand, etc.
  • Comparative analysis reports to benchmark performance against industry standards, previous periods, or peer organizations.
  • Identification of trends and dependencies (e.g., between health outcomes and treatment types).
  • Smart recommendations on improving operational efficiency and care quality.
  • Data visualization via customizable dashboards and self-service reports.
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Billing and insurance

  • Instant payment processing via integrated payment gateways.
  • Support for multiple payment methods (bank transfer, card, web/mobile wallet, HSA, FSA, etc.).
  • Invoicing.
  • Access to explanations of benefits.
  • Patient eligibility check and insurance verification.
  • Automated health insurance claim submissions.
  • Electronic Prior Authorization.
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  • Text-to-speech functionality.
  • Voice recognition.
  • Multilingual support.
  • UI for reduced cognitive load.
  • High-contrast UI mode for users with visual impairments or color blindness.
  • Integration with assistive technology devices, such as braille displays, magnification tools, one-handed keyboards, switch controls, and SNP devices.
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Security and compliance

  • Role-based app access and identity management.
  • Multi-factor user authentication.
  • End-to-end data encryption.
  • User consent collection.
  • Compliance with HIPAA, HITECH, GDPR, HAAD, PCI DSS, and other applicable regulations.
  • Data exchange according to HL7, FHIR, DICOM, ICD-10, CPT, XDS/XDS-I standards.
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MD, Healthcare IT Consultant

Doctors offering their services through an on-demand app must verify that they have a license and are qualified to practice medicine in their respective states. Ideally, your app should allow patients to check their physician's credentials — this ensures service transparency.

Sample Architecture of a Doctor-On-Demand Application

Sample Architecture of a Doctor-On-Demand Application

Key Development Steps for Doctor-On-Demand Software

Doctor-on-demand app development is a project requiring a special attention to compliance requirements, performance, and user convenience. Below, our team shares a sample outline of steps we follow in such projects.


Discovery and planning

Duration: 2–4 weeks
Discovery and planning
  • Analyzing the target audience (demographics, preferences, pain points) and the competitors' offerings, defining a value proposition.
  • Identifying the applicable regulations to comply with, e.g., HIPAA and NCPDP (for the US), GDPR, MDR, IVDR (for the EU), HAAD and DHA standards (for the UAE).
  • Eliciting functional and non-functional requirements for the solution and creating a software requirements specification.
  • Determining the project scope, timeline, and team.
  • Defining KPIs for project progress assessment.
  • Creating a business case and calculating the development cost and ROI.
  • Designing a risk mitigation plan.

In doctor-on-demand app development projects that involve ePHI handling or software integration with health information exchanging systems, we consistently sign a Business Associate Agreement (BAA). This protects our clients from PHI disclosure and potential misuse, ensuring HIPAA compliance.

MD, Healthcare IT Consultant


Architecture, UX, and UI Design

Duration: from 2 weeks
Architecture, UX, and UI Design
  • Outlining the solution's architecture, tech stack, and necessary integrations (e.g., EHR/EMR, wearables).
  • Creating user personas and mapping user journeys for doctors and patients.
  • Building UX wireframes.
  • Performing UX testing.
  • Designing an attractive and accessible user interface.



Coding and QA

Duration: 2–6 months for a doctor on demand app MVP
Coding and QA



Pre-launch activities and release

Duration: from 1 week
Pre-launch activities and release
  • Updating and finalizing software documentation for smooth compliance certification (e.g., in accordance with ISO 13485, CFR 11, and IEC 82304-1:2016 standards and regulations).
  • (Optional) Assisting with FDA/CE submission and the regulatory clearance process.
  • (Optional) Carrying out beta testing (launching the app to a limited group of real users) and adjusting the app based on user feedback.
  • Launching the application.

If your app features e-prescribing, it is imperative to certify it according to the FDA's 21 CFR 11 standard because every e-prescription requires an electronic signature of a qualified medical professional.

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Support, maintenance, and evolution

Duration: continuous
Support, maintenance, and evolution
  • Introducing new physician- and patient-facing features, customization capabilities, and integrations.
  • Improving the solution's non-functional capabilities, such as performance or interoperability.
  • Conducting regulatory compliance checks and performing timely bug fixing.


Consider Professional Services for Your Doctor-On-Demand App

Implementation consulting

Our team will assess your project's feasibility, advise on architecture, UX and UI design, and plan the integrations. We will guide you through the technical and regulatory aspects of development and ensure a successful market entry for your app.

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End-to-end app development

ScienceSoft is ready to handle every aspect of app development for you, from analyzing the market and the target audience to coding, QA, and deployment. We will ensure full legal compliance of you app and can provide ongoing software support after the release.

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Why Choose ScienceSoft for Doctor-On-Demand App Development

  • 18 years in healthcare IT, a deep understanding of healthcare specifics.
  • 34 years in software development, 20 years in cybersecurity.
  • 750+ IT specialists skilled in application design, development, and QA.
  • A quick project start (1–2 weeks) and frequent releases (every 2–3 weeks).
  • Over 100 successful healthcare IT projects.
  • Mature Lean, Agile, and DevOps practices.
  • ISO 9001, ISO 27001, and ISO 13485 certificates proving our dedication to quality, data security, and medical software regulatory compliance.

ScienceSoft Is a Leader in Healthcare IT Services Market in 2022 SPARK Matrix

ScienceSoft is featured as a leading healthcare IT services provider, along with Athena Health and Oracle Cerner. This achievement is a result of 18 years of tireless pursuit of technological innovation, made possible by ScienceSoft’s passionate team of healthcare IT experts who always strive to make a difference for patients and caregivers alike.

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Project Examples by ScienceSoft

Explore a selection of our projects showcasing the development of applications with doctor-on-demand functionality.

Common Roles in ScienceSoft's Doctor-On-Demand App Development Projects

Project manager

Plans and coordinates app development; communicates the progress to stakeholders; manages the risks related to development timelines and software quality; ensures timely app delivery.

Healthcare IT consultant

Researches the market and competitors; translates the customer’s needs and the target audience’s expectations into requirements; documents the features and integrations with other systems.

Software architect

Designs the optimal solution architecture, including integration points with the required systems (e.g., EHR, LIS, wearables); chooses the best-suited software tech stack.

UX designer

Analyzes user needs; creates user personas and scenarios; develops UI wireframes and prototypes; conducts usability and accessibility testing.

UI designer

Creates role-specific user interfaces tailored to the needs of patients, physicians, nurses, and administrative staff; refines the visual design based on user feedback.

DevOps engineer

Containerizes and automates software development workflows to support fast and secure app delivery and deployment; monitors app performance and availability.

Front-end developer

Delivers sleek and intuitive GUI elements in accord with accessibility guidelines; fixes code issues detected by the QA engineer.

Back-end developer

Builds a cloud telehealth platform; fixes the code to address the errors found by the QA engineer.

Mobile developer

Creates iOS or Android app versions.

QA engineer

Designs and implements a test strategy, a test plan, and test cases to conduct functional and non-functional testing; reports software defects and verifies their fixes.

Regulatory consultant

Gives recommendations on software architecture components, tech stack, and development process; ensures the app's regulatory compliance (e.g., with HIPAA and GDPR).

Cybersecurity specialist

Assesses cybersecurity risks; detects vulnerabilities in the architecture and code of the cloud platform, patient and doctor apps; ensures the software fulfills all security requirements; implements access control mechanisms.

Sourcing Models for Doctor-On-Demand App Development

Technologies We Rely On

Costs of Doctor-On-Demand App Development

Depending on the project’s scope, doctor-on-demand app development usually costs between $150,000 and $250,000+ (regular license fees for cloud services excluded).


A basic solution integrated with one EHR system and featuring virtual appointments, secure messaging, file sharing, and patient data storage.


A more complex app integrated with one or several EHR systems, featuring real-time consultations, detailed patient and doctor profiles, e-prescriptions.

From $250,000

An advanced app integrated with all the required systems, featuring telehealth capabilities, medication management, and AI-powered analytics and reporting.

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About ScienceSoft

A US-headquartered IT consulting and software development company, ScienceSoft builds robust web and mobile applications for the healthcare industry since 2005. Our ISO 13485, ISO 9001, and ISO 27001 certifications show our dedication to the quality of the solutions we deliver and guarantee the full security of our customers' data.