Currently, the healthcare industry is one of the biggest industries across the globe. Did you know that the value of the global healthcare market is more than $7.7 trillion according to a study by Deloitte? Well, given the fact that the healthcare industry includes all organizations and healthcare institutions that offer clinical services, health-related support, and other medical & drug equipment, the upward trajectory of the healthcare industry was not so surprising.
How custom software development is impacting the healthcare industry?
So far, Information Technology (IT) has transformed the way we live our lives in every aspect and on every level. So it is only natural that the healthcare institutions and companies also needed the IT touch to optimize their processes, simplify solutions, digitize health records, and many more. Also, with the sudden effect of pandemics, the healthcare industry is getting all the heat like never before. This sudden increase in patients has definitely resulted in the desperate need for the development of medical equipment and software that will allow healthcare institutions to provide better facilities and patient care.
The transformation of the healthcare software developers and development has already started a movement of its own that will replace the conventional paper-based system into an anywhere anytime accessible digitized format that will provide better patient safety and make the healthcare industry more efficient with digitized records. The global healthcare industry is likely to grow to $40.8 billion by the year 2025 at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 23.5%.
The benefits of custom healthcare software development
Before we dive deep into the advantages, let’s first take a look at the basic definition of custom software development.
So, what is custom software development?
When a developer designs, creates, deploys, and maintains the software based on a set of functions for a group of users is called custom software development. In contrast to the general app development process, custom software is developed based on a set of requirements for a specific group of people, allowing it to be packaged and commercially marketed, and distributed.
For some people, custom software fits their requirements and for some, is off the shelf. The thing about custom software is that it is designed based on a specific set of requirements. For every healthcare institution or enterprise, the requirements may differ depending on the type of customers they are serving and what their customers need from them which is very different from off-the-shelf software development.
Off-the-shelf software development is generalized in nature, not tailor-made. You cannot customize it as you want it. Whereas custom software can be customized. It is generally developed by the developers from the scratch and is usually a bit costlier than off the shelf which is why there is a huge difference in functionalities, usability, and performance of the software.
Since custom software is a bit expensive than off the shelf, customers will be able to customize it depending on the requirements and area of implementation. If you think your hospital has a bit different needs than other hospitals then it is better to choose custom software development than off the shelf.
In-house developers or outsource — Which is better?
According to a Deloitte survey, more than 72% of organizations prefer to outsource their software development requirement than getting it done by an in-house team. Wondering why?
Here are the reasons:
- Cost efficiency
- Access to global professionals and latest latent
- Focus on more productive business processes
- Saves time and increases productivity
So here are the tips for sourcing an effective team of healthcare software developers.
- Look for developers who have proven track record
When you are outsourcing a particular task, always look for their ranking on Google and review websites like Clutch. In addition, you can check their profiles on the LinkedIn platform and see if anyone had written reviews for the work they did. If you are still not satisfied, you can contact their old clients and get an honest review from them.
- Check with their workflow
Before you shake hands with them, you need to understand how the team works with the clients and how developers are assigned to a specific project. Ensure to hire a tram whose workflow you think matches with yours.
- Ensure their accessibility to recent codes
It always happens when the developer refuses to share the code due to some personal conflict. So before you even go ahead with the project, make sure that you have the access to the code at all times.
- Never opt for cheap quotes
The cost of app development or software development can be expensive. You might think you could save a few bucks if the quote is cheap. But it is important to understand that you must prioritize the ultimate results inpatient care than saving a few bucks. At times, the quality of the work can be told by the amount of money you spend. If you proceed with the cheap quotes, you might end up having to hire a second team to build the same software after spending months with the first team.
- Get periodical updates
Make sure to check with the developers every now and then to get periodical updates. It’s your software and you are the one who’s paying. So you need to know what’s happening and the progress of the software from time to time.