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Wouldn’t it be great if all healthcare software developers had one set of best project management practices to streamline their work? Luckily, the use of Agile development methodology in healthcare ensures exactly that.
Agile is not legislation to follow, but rather a project management philosophy. Developers utilize it to prioritize work, effectively communicate, and adapt to rising challenges. That’s why even healthcare executives tend to integrate Agile practice in their medical systems worldwide.
Outsourcing the development of healthcare software solutions can be associated with a range of issues. They may lead to the impossibility of releasing a legitimate digital product.
Let’s review the most common concerns in outsourcing app development in healthcare:
The medical software development pipeline is somewhat different from other industries. The necessity to protect sensitive patient data and adhere to the changing industry regulations makes the development process prone to numerous alterations and additions. This may deteriorate the tempo of the process overall and lead to frequent redoing of the work.
As you know, sensitive personal data of patients can’t be shared with unauthorized persons. It is clearly stated in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Outsourcing contractors working on healthcare projects are to prevent the distribution of information.
Additionally, medical apps may have further levels of protection integrated. Failure to minimize data security risks leads to severe legal and medical consequences, like lawsuits against healthcare workers or physiological trauma due to data leaks.
Any medical-related software solution is to adhere to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards and policies. They are not obligatory, but outsourcing contractors are typically required to create software that meets them.
After all, app development in the healthcare industry is to serve patients and healthcare professionals. It includes compliance not only with HIPAA policies but with other clinical practice guidelines as well. It may concern specificities of electrical medical records (EMR) systems, the correct use of peer-reviewed sources and evidence-based practices, and other peculiarities of healthcare operation.
With respect to the concerns outlined above, the ways Agile methodology benefits software development in healthcare are the following:
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A trusted representative of Mindbloom, an innovative mental health company, requested from Postindustria to create a fully HIPPA-compliant digital product. This mobile-ready telehealth software was intended to deliver personalized mental health plans.
Based on this case, let us show you an example of SCRUM — an Agile framework in practice.
The CEO of Mindbloom chose to use SCRUM for healthcare app development because it is the most obvious and reliable approach. But let’s review a few of the exact reasons to complete the insight into this Agile framework:
Mindbloom followed the Objectives and Key Results (OKR) approach to project management. It allowed Postindustria to seamlessly integrate SCRUM into the company’s workflow without interfering with the headquarters (HQ) operations.
An integral part of Agile software development is communication. So in order to set up the process, there should be a concrete communication plan in place.
In our case, the key collaborations elements and touchpoints with HQ were held in the form of one-hour sessions, which included:
Additionally, we regularly ran clarification meet-ups, making sure that stories in the backlog were kept up to date. The project manager acted as the product owner during the development process, which secured a connection between the development team and the stakeholders.
As for the outcomes, the engineering team delivered the valuable increments of the software solution every other week. The release process took less than five hours to complete, excluding the regression testing.
The complexity of the process required us to prepare and follow a well-thought-out release procedure. It included the following aspects:
Postindustria experts integrated into the Mindbloom company’s culture. It resulted in the substantial efficiency of the development process overall, as the following metrics show:
Postindustria is proud of all our projects successfully completed. Let us share the feedback on the Mindbloom project we received from the client:
“We’re very happy with the work done for us by PostIndustria! The team has been responsive, flexible, reliable in their estimations, and produced high-quality work that has been critical for our business.” — Dylan Beynon, CEO at Mindbloom.
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