We hope you enjoyed our first installation of this blog post, where we dive into some of the pain points unique to healthcare domain testing and explore their solutions. Whether you have access to a QA partner, or you’re taking on the challenge of healthcare software testing in-house, this article should help you navigate the road ahead!
When it comes to building and testing software products, the healthcare domain is one of the most rigorous and unique areas to work. Product companies in this space are helping doctors, patients, and other medical professionals reimagine what’s possible with wearable technology, hospital indexing systems, and countless other innovations.
The complexity of these new products demands testing that is thorough and stringent, as the quality can directly impact a patient’s life. Other high-stakes factors to consider are the cost and worth of the product to the customer, the protection of private and confidential patient data, and the safety of all patients or caregivers who interface with the product.
Put the pressures of the test cycle out of mind. In order to know why API testing is so important - especially during healthcare application development - you must take a calm step back to consider exactly what that specific testing does for your organization.
Top-quality API testing improves the coverage of your test cycle, saves resources, and creates a faster, more efficient process.
The U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding patient medical information.
It is essential that organizations within the healthcare software domain understand the specific regulations set forth by HIPAA so that they are included in your testing plan and strategy. In our latest infographic, we offer 7 software testing tips to ensure full compliance:
Today, it seems like we don't go a week without hearing about a high-profile hack or breach of customer data. As customers, we spread our information across a huge variety of applications, and we trust that no ill will come of it. The truth is, however, that we’re more vulnerable than ever, and the risk of a hack is made clearer to us everyday. We rationalize the situation, thinking, “Well, they must have people safeguarding my information, right?”
Right — for the most part.
For healthcare providers, mobile apps present an incredible opportunity to impact the lives of patients. In addition to providing patients with secure access to their health records and direct mobile interaction with healthcare professionals, these mobile apps can be true lifesavers. Consider the London boy who saved his unconscious mother with help from Apple’s Touch ID and Siri. Continued innovation in this space can change the way people think about seeking diagnosis and treatment, accessing and managing their health records, and reporting emergency situations.
Gone are the days where a QA engineer could test effectively with only basic technical skills. In today's fast paced tech landscape, companies seek out teams with specialized, domain-specific knowledge when working with a QA partner. Whether your product serves the legal, financial, CRM, social media, healthcare, or manufacturing space, having a team that knows the intricacies of your domain ensures that your users are satisfied.
Most healthcare enterprise applications are loaded with critical data related to patients and the various organizations they serve. This can include health records, payment information, account details, and identity details. Due to the incredible sensitivity of this data, thorough security testing is a necessity for healthcare applications.
Healthcare applications must process a huge number of transactions and a massive amount of patient data each day. To ensure that this data is handled appropriately over time, it is integral to test the application with data sets of varying complexity. To save time and resources test automation should be implemented where possible.
In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) defined standards for safeguarding the sensitive, confidential data of all patients. The act requires health insurance providers to enforce strict privacy and security rules, each designed to protect the patient and all electronically protected health information, known as e-PHI.