07 May 2018
To provide quality and real-time services to their patients, healthcare professionals require digital applications which are user-friendly, interoperable and accessible anytime and anywhere. The market for digital applications, and for healthcare IT in general, has been rising steadily and is attracting new investments to make healthcare more accessible and data-based. According to research by Markets and Markets, “The global healthcare IT market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.9% during the forecast period of 2016 to 2021”.
High costs of research and development along with stringent regulations and increasing user demands necessitate a sharp focus on software quality within the healthcare industry. Organizations need to create customized and modern testing strategy based on emerging testing trends. All these trends may not pertain equally to each healthcare organization but will differ based on the nature and usage of healthcare solutions as well as according to the specialized testing needs of specific healthcare providers.
Following are some of the emerging trends in the healthcare QA and testing:
High Priority to Security Testing
The cutting-edge healthcare solutions help physicians and healthcare providers to access historic health data of patients, observe their conditions, and offer treatment remotely and rapidly. Hence, it becomes important to ensure utmost security and privacy of the data that is accessed by the application. To achieve utmost security, extensive security testing has to be the key priority in the testing strategy for safeguarding the sensitive healthcare data of patients.
Big Data Management
Healthcare applications these days gather and transmit a huge amount of healthcare data from one source to another. Hence, the applications are specifically designed with explicit features to enable data collection, storage, access, and transfer. While testing next-generation healthcare applications, testers must keep in mind the complete patient data management process across various technological platforms. They must execute all obligatory tests to ensure that the patient data is managed efficiently, and without negotiating on security and privacy.
Implementation of Agile Testing Methodologies
The ever-rising need to get the applications and products faster to market necessitate the healthcare IT teams to adopt the Agile methodology. By the use of agile methodology, teams can escape the lengthy product delivery cycle and ensure quicker delivery in the end.
Emphasis on Mobile and Compatibility Testing
A huge percentage of users, including patients and healthcare professionals, these days access healthcare solutions on their mobile devices. There is an increase in the number of organizations enabling the patients to access healthcare on their smartphones, tablets, and other devices. Therefore, the healthcare solutions need to run efficiently and correctly on these devices, across various operating systems, browsers, etc. The testing strategy should include evaluating all aspects of the application by using various mobile devices, network, and operating systems.
Deployment of Skilled Testers
With several governmental mandates and user privacy issues taking over, healthcare application testing requires a lot of experience and skill. It is important to ensure the testers have correct domain knowledge and skills to evaluate the advanced healthcare applications and solutions efficiently. The testers working on healthcare projects should have skills and understanding in HIPAA, HL7 guidelines, and the Healthcare domain to identify critical workflows for testing effectively.
When it comes to healthcare imperatives involving patient driven and patient-centered care, having a cutting-edge software means nothing if it does not work in such a way that makes it easy to use for healthcare professionals and patients. At TestingXperts, we help healthcare providers transform innovative designs into reliable and successful applications with our specialized healthcare QA and software testing services. Connect with us now!