Healthcare: How it Stands to Benefit From QA and Testing


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The healthcare sector may not have always been the paragon for technological acumen, but the truth is that the continued evolution of technology all around us has had a significant impact on how this industry goes about its business. But more than the evolution of technology, it is the expectations and requirements of this industry that has led it into a new age, where advanced tools and solutions have come to play a critical role in ensuring its seamless operations. Perhaps one of the biggest examples is the digitization of the healthcare sector in response to the growing demands.

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Yet another example of its increasing reliance on technology is telehealth, which involves the use of a variety of devices and software to enable and support the delivery of health care to patients remotely. This is, of course, only one of countless such examples that demonstrate the integral role technology has come to play in the healthcare sector.

This brings us to another important consideration: You see the increased dependence on software has squarely put the spotlight on quality assurance and testing. As healthcare continues to be fundamentally transformed by the growing role of technology, quality assurance & testing is one of the key means of ensuring precision, accuracy, and so much more. It stands to deliver countless other benefits for this sector, some of which have been discussed below.

  1. Improved app security: It is a given that hospitals and healthcare facilities deal with a humongous amount of highly sensitive data daily. Ensuring the security of this data is obviously of crucial importance, which is something quality assurance and testing helps with. It helps test firewalls, the robustness of authentication processes, encryption, etc. Furthermore, it helps hospitals fortify any security loopholes in their apps and address them to further ensure security.
  2. Better functionalities: Much like any other app in the market, apps & software used and offered by hospitals too are required to deliver a certain set of features and functionalities. There are expectations about the performance as well, of course. Testing, then, helps validate the requisite workflows, gauge performance levels, identify issues with output, and so on. All of these factors, then, help ensure that the features and functionalities operate as expected at all times.
  3. Interoperability of devices: The sector relies on countless devices and apps being able to operate with each other. To achieve that, diligent testing is vital since it can run simulations repeatedly that can help determine any possible issues. Interestingly, there’s yet another factor testing helps with — compliance with regulations and standards as necessitated by local authorities. A strategic testing process, repeated and recorded for audit purposes, is fundamental to the efforts of achieving compliance.

It is clear as day to see that the healthcare sector has embraced technology rather well and has gained significantly from it. However, to ensure that technology continues to benefit the sector, QA and testing services must be a top priority for any development plan in this sector. This is because it not only identifies existing issues but also opportunities for improvement, which translate into better results for hospitals.

Mrunal Chokshi
Mrunal has been actively involved in Internet marketing for more than 10 years. His knowledge and experience motivates him regularly in contributing through writing on technology topics.


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