Medical software development difficult beginnings. How to cooperate?
If your company is new to the medical software development industry, I hope you will find this text interesting. Below, I share my observations regarding the development of medical software from the application service provider point of view. In this post you will also find 8 matters which, in my opinion, should be taken into account at the beginning of this journey.
I guess everyone who comes up with an idea of a new product or service has got doubts similar to those indicated in the title. The problem becomes even more complicated if it concerns a product pertaining to as different industries as medicine and IT.
Sharing experience gained mainly in the Future Processing Healthcare, but also thanks to two-year work experience in a hospital, I will try to give you some hints which may turn out useful in the process of medical professional-friendly software development.
Global leaders of the medical software market (GE Healthcare, Siemens Healthineers, Agfa-Gevaert N.V, Hologic, Pie Medical Imaging*) are a proof that you can be successful and the interconnection between technology and medicine may bear fruit.
But where to start if we are not a big corporation, do not have millions to spend on R&D, do not have a long-standing brand, and still, we would like to deal with medical software development?
It is not possible to present in a short post (or even a long one) a golden mean which will guarantee success but there are some things which facilitate communication with a medical partner. I am going to focus on two aspects: the first one is the cooperation and mutual understanding of medical and IT industries; the second one regards the due diligence verification of the idea, taking into account both the market research and the analysis of internal processes of the entity aiming at creating the product.
This post will be focused on the attempt to achieve an understanding between IT and medicine industries, while in another one I will try to help answering the following question: Is my idea relevant?
Medical professionals and their attitude to software
Experts in medicine often have rarely communicated doubts and questions at the back of their minds. Therefore, I would like to present a list of doubts I have encountered during my work experience:
From the very beginning of cooperation it is worth providing your partner with necessary contents thanks to which the doubts will not appear or will be nipped in the bud.
Medical software vendors experience gripes as well
On the other hand, software developers which are interested in medical market (or are already present there) have quite different problems. Below, there are questions which drive us – the software providers – crazy.
It is our task to take those aspects into account, and realizing they exist allows to prepare oneself properly. For your own peace of mind try to consider those hints and, better, together with the medical partner. It can be done through mutual recognition and understanding only.
Finding answers to these questions in cooperation with the partner – 8 points that matter
Seemingly, it looks difficult to proceed, and that is why below I would like to present some observations based on my own experience. As a representative of the IT industry it is much easier for me to address my considerations to this party. So, fellow professional, please make yourself acquainted with the following hints.
Medical centres are remarkable partners, and the subjects of medical projects are often complex and complicated. I do not know what drives you, but for me co-development of software aimed at treating patients is satisfying enough, motivates me and compensates me for the whole effort.
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