Technology is shaping every industry, regardless of the work involved! The Healthcare digitalization is one of the most important example of tech evolution across an industry that is reshaping the way we interact with healthcare professionals, share medical data or make decisions related to treatment and outcomes. This evolution in the healthcare industry can be defined by the acronym ‘Health-Tech’. According to a report with an expected CAGR of almost 25 percent from 2019 to 2025, the digital health market should reach nearly 660 billion dollars by 2025. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which sharply increased the need for digital health tools to be used, consumers’ adoption of digital health had been steadily increasing. 42 percent of Americans reported using digital health tracking.
Some of the majorly adopted and recognized Health-Tech solutions/strategies are:
While developing these tech-based solutions, the team needs to follow certain best practices to ensure that:
Agile-Waterfall Hybrid Adoption:
Both Waterfall Project Management model and Agile model have their benefits and drawbacks. For a software development team developing health-tech-focused software for various use-cases, a hybrid Waterfall-Agile approach is usually recommended. In a hybrid approach, teams leverage the best aspects of both techniques with a heavier focus on agile, but enough waterfall planning to provide a clear roadmap to key stakeholders and senior leadership. This has been very successful in making sure that the product ultimately delivered is one that stakeholders are happy with and have been involved with throughout the process and it is completed in a reasonable timeframe.
While every organization and project is unique, this hybrid approach can be effectively applied to outcome improvement projects. What this might look like is having a team create a Gannt chart that shows the high-level timeline of the project, an overall breakdown of work in phases, and any dependencies that exist. This chart would then be presented to senior leadership and clinicians in order to get buyoff. For the improvement team, each phase of work would then be broken down into a more detailed set of tasks, typically applying agile principles with sprints outlined and team member commitments specified. If a team is working on developing a sepsis outcome improvement application, for example, they might set out to complete the effort in three months. The project might be broken down into three separate iterations each lasting approximately one month in duration.
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