A quick scan of an ID bracelet provides hospital staff with a patient’s electronic health record (EHR)/electronic medical record (EMR): past medical history, vital signs, diagnoses, medications, lab data, insurance and demographic information—even data from fitness wearables. Healthcare companies are fully embracing technology and many patients are on board—downloading and using mobile apps, engaging in virtual doctor visits, participating in wellness-rewards programs.
This shift to a digital-centric healthcare environment highlights the criticality of effective software testing, even though hospitals don’t literally run on software. Any glitches in areas like clinical support systems, digital imaging (PACS), EHR/EMR management, and hospital practice administration can have serious implications. Like privacy breaches of sensitive patient data. Costly HIPAA violations. Product or system failures that compromise patient care. And a frustrating user experience.
Part of the solution lies in using test automation technology and QA best practices that help significantly cut testing time. Which translates to lower costs, greater efficiency, and more time to innovate to improve patient care. So, what’s holding healthcare organizations back? Complex, time-consuming manual testing methods, and leaders who are reluctant to make new investments that impact their already tight budgets.