Making an application that suits the users needs in the healthcare environment, or at least what they think they need, by providing meaningful, reliable information and functionality that withstands user testing and allows scalability is a challenge. There is also the chance that someone has tried to implement a similar idea and failed (and hopefully they know why and will tell you), or worse, someone has tried and succeeded. The latter may require a better idea, better infrastructure, or better marketing to be successful if you are trying to sell something. App integration with other hospital systems is often a key to success. Delivering an app that both (a) adds significant value in healthcare, and (b) operates in isolation from other institutional systems is rare. Intimate knowledge of the interfaces and protocols required to exchange data in real-time, and still uphold the required security to preserve and protect patient health information (PHI) is more easily leveraged when the requesting system lives inside the institution, and when the added headaches of platform fragmentation have been side-stepped.
Last date updated on June, 2014