Benefits of DevOps for the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare has always been a thriving industry in the United States. Organizations related to healthcare and medical aid are constantly attempting to achieve breakthroughs, introduce new types of services and deliver powerful healthcare solutions. Implementation of DevOps can be a very good step for these initiatives. DevOps is not a tool or practice; it is a concept that sees developers as well as operations teams breaking down silos and working together to innovate faster. 

DevOps integrates developers and operations teams for an increase in productivity. This is done by automating infrastructure, workflow and continuously measuring application performance.  See it from a healthcare organization’s perspective. Every large-scale organization will surely have an Information Technology department and so will a medical provider.

A specific healthcare or medical aid organization may need the development of a new software application. Examples are the need for an online database application or mobile applications that will connect patients with medical professionals. This healthcare body may hire a separate software development company to do the technical stuff, while its staff may use the software and another team may maintain the software.

The process from establishing the need of a software application, to developing it, testing it and finally maintaining it will take a long period of time. Besides, there will be several instances of discrepancies and errors in the final application. DevOps removes these uncertainties by collaborating and automating all steps. Agile method and automated testing are the foundations of DevOps competency. 

The healthcare industry is rapidly developing data-driven technology solutions to further patient-centered care while reducing costs. With the healthcare landscape shifting to an on-demand delivery system of medical services and solutions, healthcare providers and hospitals are turning to DevOps in an effort to advance healthcare innovation.

The exact benefits a DevOps can give organizations in the healthcare industry are:

Improving efficiency:  DevOps enables managing the resources of a healthcare organization more efficiently. It eliminates the gap between the development team and the operations team.  That is, the team that develops software applications for a healthcare organization and the team that operates the final version of the application work on the same side. There will be a smooth transition of projects from the development to the operations phase. Besides, more advanced versions of the same software can be released instantly after any change or modification is made.

Managing Data: A healthcare provider will surely handle massive amounts of data that range from EHRs (Electronic Health Records), medical devices, pharmacies, lab reports, and insurance claims to wearable devices. All these have to be organized efficiently in the central system of healthcare provider to ensure apt delivery of services. DevOps can assist in the seamless implementation of big data tools to manage all these forms of data.

Data Security: A DevOps-based hosting solution creates a standardized, repeatable platform that will help in ensuring Data Security in compliance with rules set forth by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).

SGS Technologie provides DevOps as a Service to healthcare providers and medical institutions across the United States. Contact any of our consultants or drop us a mail to know more.