February 2019

EHR testing getting more and more important!

Why EHR testing is becoming increasingly important?

A hospital has the primary task of providing care. The fact that more and more automation is involved here is no secret. Patient data is shot back and forth between practitioners, general practitioners, nursing staff, health insurers, etc … But how do you know that this daily amount of privacy-sensitive information is processed, distributed and consulted safely and correctly?

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EHR testing and more…

Medical errors are bad enough for a patient. Let alone that these are caused by an error in the automated systems. This means that there must be a continuous process of software testing. Crucial moments here are implementations, migrations, updates and linking of systems. In our ‘Let’s Talk About Test‘ section of October 2018 you can read:

Problems with the EHR can have major consequences for patients. The IT department must therefore have a controlled process for the realization of system changes and the execution of tests, which show that the quality of the system can be guaranteed.

The same goes for the EMD (electronic medical record), the HIS (hospital information system), the LIS (laboratory information system), etc … Investing in a thorough test process for these systems is of vital importance!

Complete test process

Whether it concerns Epic, HiX, Nexus, SAP or another EHR, alertness to errors and data leaks remains a major responsibility for the healthcare provider. Updates, new releases and new links remain a potential danger for the occurrence of risky situations. Part of the solution seems that hospitals in collaboration with each other distribute the test work for a new release. It is not a bad initiative in itself, but it is not conclusive. Because whether hospitals USE the same EHR system, there will always be differences. Think of customization, difference in the use of modules and links with other systems. So again a plea for setting up a controlled and complete process for EPD testing per individual hospital.

In practice

Despite the theory as shown above, in practice we often see an opposite movement. Especially when a hospital decides to purchase a (new) EHR system. The management of a hospital often seems to be overwhelmed by the impact of the implementation of a (new) EHR system. Not in the least driven by cost control. The go-live and the accompanying continuity (and cost control) of the services come first. The result is that the test manager becomes of lower importance. And at this point, Boehm’s law comes into force: Recovery costs increase exponentially with each step that an error comes closer to the production environment.

Want to know more about EHR testing?

Do you want to know more about the process of EHR testing? Then visit our stand 10A 056 during the Zorg & ICT congress (Care & ICT) from 12 to 14 March in Utrecht (NL). Click on the image below to book your free tickets.

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Who we are?

As a leading player in the test tool market, Testersuite is continuously working to help organizations take the testing process to a higher level. Would you like to know more about Testersuite and the experiences of our customers in the healthcare market? Then click here or request a demo below.

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