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What are Custom Healthcare Softwares and why should you know more about it?

Lester Diaz
28th Mar 2019
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Custom Software Development is a thing of the present and the future, companies are beginning to realize what they've missed out on and why the word Custom has a price tag attached to it. The word 'Custom' had been thrown around many times in the past but it's only recently attached to many different words, but it's latched on to one in particular that is Software Development.


Let's take a look at Custom Softwares, and why is turning it into a norm.


What is Custom Software? what will it be? and why choose it? The answer is, custom software development is the development of a software product to meet specific needs instead of adapting the business to pre-built software products. Custom software development can be complex, i.e. to satisfy a whole process of work (employees, end clients, intermediaries) as well as to target a certain group of people, for example, workers in a company, to satisfy their business requirements, many companies are turning over towards Boutique Software Development companies as there's a more closer bond between the developers and the clients in such environments.


A company choosing custom software development over a non-customized software is the one that knows of it's business goals, knows the benefits that it provides over pre-configured products and knows the advantages it can give over its competitors.


There are some advantages and disadvantages that it provides, but all in all, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages if done right.


Advantages:


1. It contains only the required functions as the client needs.

2. Provides improved security.

3. It's very flexible, it can adapt to the growing business needs.

4. Competitive advantage over its competitors.

5. It's easier to implement since it's built around the companies business process.

6. Keeping long run goals in mind, Custom Software is more favorable for the company's business environment.


Disadvantages:


1. High development costs.

2. The user requirements are not always identified correctly by software development companies.

3. Sometimes the choice of the development company can be a mistake and cause a setback.


The best part about Custom Software Development is that when compared to legacy softwares, they are much better, the reason being that by the time these legacy softwares reach the store shelf they're already gone out of date -- this does not happen with customized software.


Now let's take a look at what has custom software development got in store for Healthcare? Currently, we know that Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industry currently growing at an annual rate of 5.4%, companies in this industry are all ready to shell out for their requirements, Custom Healthcare Software Development has brought the required change that was needed -- Innovation.


software-development-process

This image shows the progress of a software from it's initial phase to the resultant phase.



The process of developing a custom healthcare software starts with Ideation of a project followed by the Requirement Gathering phase where all the requirements of the client are noted down and planned out to implement in the system. After that, two of the most important phases of software development come into action: the Architecture Design and the actual Software Development all the necessary steps are taken here to ensure protocols are followed correctly and the final step is Software Testing where the almost finished product is tried and tested in a controlled environment where glitches and errors are fixed to provide a polished product.


Some of the growing challenges and solutions to Custom Healthcare Software Development currently are those such as Data Management, Platform Integration and Market Trends, these problems can be solved using technologies and tools such as Revenue Cycle Management, Cloud-Based Solutions, Internet of Medical Things and much more.


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