As many of the world’s industries are employing information technology to run their day-to-day operations, so does healthcare. It is no secret that healthcare is highly reliant on technology, since a lot of things, such as MRIs, physiotherapy, X-ray scans and many other procedures are done with the help of computers. But currently a lot more things are being done with software, such as patient data management, health monitoring, etc. Besides that, more and more people are buying wearable devices, which presents limitless opportunities for the healthcare industry. Healthcare companies acknowledge these trends and turn to technology companies in order to bring their ideas to life. Here are a few major peculiarities of the healthcare sector that anyone taking up software solutions development should know.
The first thing that is to be taken into account is that here a lot is at stake. A single mistake will come at a price in questions of life and death. That is why governments introduce a lot of regulations. And when it seems that software is ready to be used and most of the way has been passed, it turns out you still have a lot to go. Any healthcare software must undergo long checks and burdensome legal proceedings before it reaches the consumer. But that is not all. Mind that different countries have different laws and regulations, so software that has been approved by, say, the FDA, may not be allowed in EU.
The confidentiality of doctor-patient relationships is another thing to be considered as it is the cause of many lawsuits against healthcare organizations. Besides, some patient data just can’t be lost in case of a security breach due to the simple fact that it is too valuable. Therefore, any information stored in a healthcare software solution should be protected from third-party intervention.
Another point on data. Healthcare is the sector when making decisions based on someone’s hunches (either the patient’s or the doctor’s) just doesn’t work. Instead, here everything depends on data, or more specifically vast amounts of it collected over long periods of time. That is why it is a must for any healthcare software project to include the development (or integration) of a powerful business intelligence solution. BI in healthcare software collects such data as dates of the patient’s appointments, scheduled and emergency checks and analyses, their results. For wearables apps it is data on the person’s physical activity, pulse, blood pressure, body temperature and more. By having such information at hand, many chronic diseases may be detected on early stages, and also the person’s physician may make recommendations on changing their lifestyle to make it healthier.
As you see healthcare software solutions have their own distinct features that need to be accounted for when setting out a development project. If you have a healthcare software idea, Softvelopers is the perfect company to go to. Be it desktop software for healthcare organizations, a mobile fitness application or a complex SaaS app, we are ready to jump right at it.