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Due to the vast amount of digitalization in the healthcare industry and remote diagnosis capabilities especially emerged during Covid 19 pandemi, the penetration of information technologies (IT) in every corner of healthcare solutions has been accelerated. The healthcare IT sector is expected to reach $280.25 billion by 2021, with an annual growth rate of 15.9%. This enormous growth has brought the necessity of proper testing of these life critical IT systems.  
Apart from the testing of IT solutions of other industries, healthcare IT solutions require specific needs. Usability, interoperability, performance, and compliance with industry regulations are some that should be taken into consideration and fine tuned according to the project needs while testing healthcare software.

Usability Testing

The diversity of different users, roles, user permissions and regulatory issues create the need for a very diverse and comprehensive set of usability test scenarios. These test scenarios can be derived from user stories by using special test design techniques. In addition to day-to-day user stories, scenarios may include alternative and exceptional scenarios such as:  

Filling in an admission form and signing a consent form with wrong identification number

Recording a patient’s vitals with wrong surname

Examining, diagnosing, and treating a child patient

Scheduling the next visit for a nonstandard date

Interoperability Testing

Part of a complex ecosystem, healthcare software’s functionality should be tested according to its interactions with other systems. Although it seems obvious, interoperability testing requires great effort to make other interacting components or systems be available, or to develop necessary stubs. Thus, interoperability testing requires very good test planning, risk identification, risk management, and prioritization of the systems to be included in testing.  

Performance Testing

Healthcare software should ensure consistent performance, especially when immediate actions are to be taken, for instance, a patient’s allergies need to be looked up right away. Therefore, healthcare software should become subject to comprehensive performance testing.
During performance testing the capability of the healthcare software to provide appropriate performance, relative to the resources used, under specified conditions are monitored. Performance testing of a healthcare software can be further broken down into:


Time behaviour, the capability to provide appropriate response and processing times and throughput rates when performing its function

Resource behaviour, to use appropriate amounts and types of resource when the healthcare software performs its function

Ensuring compliance with healthcare industry regulations

Many healthcare organizations experienced cyberattacks, and in 2022, the rate of attacks on healthcare facilities is predicted to grow further. To secure and ensure proper handling of personal health information, healthcare software should be verified for KVKK compliance.

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