Creating and Designing an App to Enhance Patient Care

A Guide for Health Care Professionals

My Book
is Now Available

Have you had a great idea for an App that you can see would help your patients but didn't know where to start? Do you feel App development is for nerds, not nurses?

Finally, there is a book written for health professionals not nerds. In simple non-technical language, ‘Apps for Patients’ explains how to plan and have your App developed, by guiding you through the process in 6 easy segments.

  1. Discover
  2. Decide
  3. Design
  4. Develop
  5. Distribute
  6. Deliver

It demystifies the App development process unlike any other book on the topic. Written by both nurse and nerd; Julie Misson, has worked in both the health industry and in App development for many years. Julie is perfectly suited to write this book and does so in a fluent, easy to understand style.

If you have always wanted to create an App for your patients, then this book was written for you.

Julie Misson is a nurse by trade but a nerd by nature. She has the unique combination of intimately knowing health organisations, but also has vast experience in software development, including Apps. Julie has worked in hospitals as a nurse and as a quality/data manager for the past 30 years. She has written software, including App development, for over a decade.

She has appeared on Sunrise and has been featured in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers.


Okay let's be honest, my book is just out so I do not have any reviews at present. If you have read my book and would like to write one, I would love you to. Just put your thoughts into my Contact Page. Thank you.

Julie Misson


1. Discover

  • What is an app?
  • What can an app do?
  • Apps can inform.
  • Apps can replace brochures.
  • Apps can replace booklets.
  • Apps can replace folders.
  • Apps can store contacts and resources.
  • Apps can provide checklists.
  • Apps can instruct.
  • Apps can guide.
  • Apps can communicate.
  • Apps can remind and alert.
  • Apps can push or pull a notification.
  • Apps can monitor.
  • Apps can assist with medication management.
  • Apps can handle appointments.
  • Apps can provide translation and speech assistance.
  • Apps can be used for journaling.
  • Apps can record and display.
  • Apps can do anything!
  • Finding information.
  • App stores.
  • Bookstores.
  • Colleagues.
  • Developers.
  • Finding resources.
  • People.
  • Time.
  • Ethics.
  • Internet and software.

2. Decide

  • My app.
  • Clarify your vision.
  • Define your objective.
  • Identify target users.
  • Choose a platform.
  • Name your app.
  • Money matters.
  • Free, paid or advertised?
  • Budget and costs.
  • Security and regulations.
  • Disclaimer.


  • Logging in.
  • Privacy policy.
  • Consent.
  • Medical device?
  • Brainstorming.
  • Who are your brains?
  • What to brainstorm.
  • How to brainstorm.
  • Mind maps.
  • Card sorting.

3. Design

  • Usability.
  • Make it easy for everyone.
  • Make it easy to read.
  • Make it intuitive.
  • Other tips.
  • Colours, symbols and icons.
  • What colours mean.
  • What colour is that?
  • Pixels.
  • Symbols.
  • Icons.
  • Branding.
  • Navigation and layout.
  • Choosing the right navigation.
  • Lists.
  • Grid.
  • Row navigation.
  • Designing the right layout.
  • Creating content.
  • Make it readable.
  • Test your content.
  • Storing content.
  • Images, audio and video.
  • Images.
  • Videos and audio.
  • Size.
  • Interacting with other phone features.
  • Clock.
  • Accelerometer.
  • Fitness devices.
  • Heart rate monitor.
  • Translator app.
  • Fingerprint identity.
  • Siri

4. Develop

  • Hiring a developer.
  • Local developer.
  • Offshore developer.
  • Choosing a developer.
  • Other experts.
  • Online templates.
  • Buy an existing app.
  • Searching tips.
  • Things to check.
  • Piloting the app.
  • Apple's Health Kit.
  • Do it yourself.

5. Distribute

  • Prototype.
  • Beta testing.
  • How to test your app.
  • Who will test your app?
  • Making changes.
  • Versioning.
  • Launching your app.
  • Media releases.
  • Pre-launch sites.
  • Database.
  • Social media.
  • Conferences.
  • Uploading your app to the app stores.
  • Human Interface Guidelines.

6. Deliver

  • Maintaining your app.
  • Supporting your users.
  • Encouraging older users.
  • Getting back what you put in.