Let Our Experts Build Your Secure, Encrypted WebRTC Medical Application
With aging populations, improved telecommunications, and an increasing need for healthcare, it’s no wonder that telemedicine is a hot area for startups right now. But building a medical application is not as simple as other software.
To build medical software utilizing video chat technology, you need four key technical ingredients:
- Encrypted Peer-to-peer (P2P) transmission of all video, audio, and other data. WebRTC enables P2P communications, which means that there is no intermediary server which hackers can break into. Peer to Peer means patient data is encrypted, safe, and cannot be compromised.
- Strong security around user access to the application.
- Encryption of any personally identifiable information (PII) which will be stored in application databases.
- Signaling data must be anonymous, so that the information exchanged between users in order to setup a call does not accidentally leak personal patient information.
WebRTC is very interesting for medical applications because it enables a key part of telemedicine: video chat. Traditionally, medical software and health care information technology companies have struggled to incorporate video chat into their applications because of HIPAA requirements that all communications be secure and encrypted. Commercial applications like Skype are not private enough, and doctors shy away from serving remote patients with Skype or Facetime because those applications are not secure.
WebRTC is different however. WebRTC is inherently secure, because it is Peer-to-Peer and encrypted, making it one of the best telemedicine solutions. The following diagram shows the basic architecture of a WebRTC video chat application.
In this diagram, a server exists for “handshaking” between the patient and doctor, which is called a “signaling” server. This part of the communications is not necessarily secure, which is fine because patient information won’t be transmitted over this channel. Once the connection has been established between the doctor and a patient, all video, audio, and data communications are Peer to Peer, which makes the communication secure and encrypted.
Simply knowing these facts about WebRTC is not enough for you to build your WebRTC based medical application. You need an experienced development team like ours at WebRTC.ventures:
- Our team understands the intricacies of building video chat, audio, and data sharing applications using commercial WebRTC platforms like TokBox and Twilio.
- Our team is also highly trained in User Experience (UX) design, web/mobile development, and all of the best practices that will make your WebRTC medical application top-notch.
Our team at WebRTC Ventures combines the latest in design and real-time software development with WebRTC and video chat development experience.
As just one example of our WebRTC medical application development experience, we are the design and development team behind WellBeing Consult (shown below), a WebRTC based solution for mental health professionals serving remote patients.
WellBeing Consult allows patients to speak with medical health professionals without having to visit them in person. Founders Nick and Marty Brewster are from Australia, and they are launching this application initially to target an area that can benefit greatly from telemedicine: the Australian outback. Patients can find a mental health professional who specializes in their particular needs and meet with them via remote video chat. No longer will patients be restricted to professionals who are geographically convenient. They can get the assistance they need from the most qualified professionals, regardless of location.
Other features :
- Selection of professionals by speciality
- Secure and encyrpted video chat
- Protection of personal patient information
- Invoicing and credit card payment
- Session timers
Our team built the WellBeing application on top of TokBox’s WebRTC platform in order to produce a reliable tool for healthcare providers and patients alike.