As consumers demand higher-quality personalized care, improved transparency, and more robust data security, healthcare providers are turning to custom software solutions to address challenges efficiently. Developing innovative technology solutions to meet these demands requires an understanding of the changing landscape of technology. Currently, five custom software trends are poised to revolutionize the industry.
Multi-specialty and niche specialty EHRs address unique workflows, processes, and data.
The Electronic Health Record (EHR) has come a long way since its early incarnation as Lockheed’s Cold War-era Clinical Information System. While this early computer-based information system offered a revolutionary means of centralizing patient data, it was general purpose with functionality necessarily limited by technological capabilities. For the most part, the evolution of the 1960s proto-EHRs has consisted of fine-tuning rather than expanding, but that’s changing with the advent of multi-specialty and niche specialty EHRs.
Those early experiments are finally giving way to EHRs that address the unique workflows, clinical processes and data collection of medical specialists. By developing custom software, specialists are able to maintain the interconnectivity advantages of a general EHR and add the more specific functionalities that optimize the operations and patient experience of niche medical offices.
Enterprise software gets a UX upgrade.
With each new iteration of consumer-grade software, the user experience (UX) has improved substantially. Tech companies pride themselves on their streamlined, elegant software, and users becomes brand advocates, swearing by the UX of their favorite products. Legacy enterprise software, on the other hand, has remained confusing, frustrating and clunky.
Custom software solutions empower healthcare providers to integrate consumer-level UX with enterprise-level functionality. At Antares, we help our clients overcome the hurdles of training staff on new software to make the transition from outmoded legacy systems to software that is as easy to look at as it is to use.
Blockchain solutions address the issues of interoperability and security.
Improved security is an issue for every industry. The U.S. power grid was attacked by Russian hackers in March, and the NSA has faced new security breaches for six years running. Building security into software is a new requirement for any software development project. Likewise, there’s an increasing need for interoperability in every industry that serves the public sector to eliminate redundancies, improve information exchanges, and connect disparate systems.
As Blockchain becomes more reliable and mainstream, it will create the capacity to address both of these issues simultaneously. Custom-built blockchains will transform the healthcare industry by streamlining the coordination of medical records and securing sensitive details from hackers.
Proactive patients are empowered with patient portals.
Modern patients aren’t content to be served diagnoses and treatments. They want to be active participants in their health management. The Internet of Things (IoT) has equipped these consumers with tools for assessing and improving their dietary and fitness choices, and they want the same functionality from their healthcare providers.
Custom patient portals give consumers instant access to their medical records, which empowers them to become the guardians of their own healthcare. With portals, they can find and correct errors and become more engaged in their treatments. Online portals make it possible for medical professionals and their patients to connect from anywhere and for specialists and general practitioners to easily coordinate on matters of patient treatment.
Custom software development becomes more agile through continuous software delivery.
The evolution of information technologies continues to accelerate, and with this rapid rate of change comes a need to respond rapidly. The days of protracted development cycles have been replaced by a need for continuous software delivery that allows organizations to address new challenges, objectives and requirements immediately.
Antares relies on a modified agile approach to develop and finetune custom software for the healthcare industry. By working in continuous, abbreviated sprints, we’re able to work with our clients and decide together the features and requirements that have the highest value to their business, and which of those will be delivered at the end of the sprint. This short development and feedback cycle empowers clients to be in charge of the functionality and direction of their project.
Contact us today to learn more about Antares’ agile approach to software development and how we help healthcare providers take advantage of emerging tech trends to satisfy the demands of their clientele.