The healthcare sector is growing leaps and bounds with constant innovations happening in the information technology domain. Custom development has opened new avenues of opportunity and growth in the healthcare sector. Implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make leading-edge solutions a reality is transforming the landscape of the healthcare industry.
For end-to-end implementation, the healthcare software developer has become crucial for healthcare enterprises. Developers herein should have the skill to understand the detailed requirements of a healthcare provider and create a digital experience and platform accordingly. It would require a thorough understanding of applications and the system that is required for the execution. The developer should have the vision of enhancements that may contribute to the efficiency of operations. Besides, developers also need to consider the user experience while planning the development script to incorporate users’ point of view.
Here is the list of essential points that every healthcare developer must consider.
1. Revenue Cycle Workflow
Developers need to have holistic knowledge and understanding of how revenue cycle workflow works in the healthcare sector. It carries a few essential components including claim fields, billing schedules, payment models and superbills among others.
A thorough study of the pre-registration framework, regulatory compliance like HIPAA or HITECH and financial regulations including PCI-DSS should be done along with collections, submissions and coding. Third-party follow-ups and remittance processing are also essential components of the healthcare revenue cycle workflow.
2. Basic Knowledge of Healthcare Integration
Healthcare developer needs to have a basic understanding of whether the particular software or program meets the compliance of healthcare standards or not. It is critical because no healthcare app can be launched without meeting the requisite compliance, security and availability standards.
NCPDP SCRIPT, DICOM, HL7, FHIR, ANSI X12n 5010 and HL7 v3 CDA are some of the relevant healthcare integration standards and requisite ones must be leveraged by healthcare enterprises.
3. Integration Framework
Most leveraged integration frameworks include Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and now deprecated Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP).
Keeping the integration continuum ensures that healthcare organizations enhance their business outcomes through process optimization. Integration should be done from the very start of the planning stage and should be continued until the execution phase to ensure the delivery of seamless healthcare development.
4. Third-Party Integration Ability
Healthcare developers must understand that no solution can be implemented single-handedly to provide end-to-end support to the care delivery workflow in its entirety. Developers need to make strategic partnerships with third-party liaisons to make the platform solution integration bulletproof.
Third-party application integration enables the healthcare developer to have enterprise-wide smooth interoperability without any hassles and glitches. Hence, this step should be taken with utmost seriousness to ensure efficient organizational functioning through customized healthcare software.
5. Efficient Code Implementation
Efficient code implementation is the backbone of custom software development and the basic job description of any healthcare developer. To avoid errors and gaps, coders need to pick smaller modules that are gradually deployed and tested in the larger framework. Here automation testing can also assist to ensure accurate implementation of the code and avoid deployment of flawed functionalities.
6. QA Testing and Validation
Quality assurance and software testing is the phase where every bit of planning and execution is thoroughly validated to ensure everything is functioning and delivering results as per the initial planning. Developers either opt for stage-wise testing or simultaneous testing.
This step is meant to reduce the possibility of bugs and security gaps in healthcare application development. Functionality testing, unit testing, system testing, performance testing and integration testing amongst others are all essential components of quality assurance.
7. Quality Framework and Metrics
Having a framework in place with well-defined quality metrics is a great help for any healthcare developer from the very start. One of its major benefits is that it brings in faster process execution and functionality.
Developers can define these metrics on the basis of different requirements and capabilities of the software. QA test engineers can be deployed to constantly monitor and test the code quality and accuracy of execution.
Mastering above mentioned points can significantly enhance the efficiency of a healthcare developer. Use these points to make the development more robust and logical.