Building apps in healthcare, particularly those that connect to EHRs is different and difficult. From the reasons we do it, to how we develop and get it in the hands of users, creating technology in healthcare is its own beast. Here are three reasons why building healthcare apps are difficult and different from other industries.
We’re on a mission.
First off, most of us are in this for more than a quick buck. There’s often an intrinsic driver rooted in some personal healthcare experience that motivated the project. Most of the entrepreneurs and app developers I talk to have a healthcare story that opened their eyes to some inefficiency—or injustice, as it often feels when a loved one is on the table. It’s about saving lives in the most fragile settings.
We’re in it for the long haul.
Healthcare organizations aren’t risk takers. They live by the Hippocratic mantra, “First do no harm.” This is inherently a risk averse statement. Many entrepreneurs complain about the year-long sales cycles and sluggish adoption of new technology. And although I believe there are tremendous gains to be had from technology enabled healthcare, I also believe that this struggle to sell is a necessary balance. Let’s not move too quickly. Let’s not cause harm.
Our tech is different. Particularly EHR integration.
Health information is protected, as it should be. We have to build our applications to surpass regulatory guidelines and industry best practices. Additionally, the clinical source-of-truth is a database in a data center managed by the healthcare organization: the electronic health record. Providers are referencing their EHR for patient information before each encounter. It helps keep track of diagnoses and treatments. It handles the hairball of public and private insurance reimbursement processes. The EHR has become the backbone of healthcare organizations and it isn’t going anywhere. This is the technology landscape we get to innovate within.
Redox has partnered with Kinvey to help solve some of these problems. Redox builds standardized APIs to help integrate with legacy EHR systems at the health systems you work with. Kinvey’s HIPAA compliant app cloud allows developers to rapidly build and deploy applications in a HIPAA-compliant and scalable environment. Building healthcare apps is hard, but we’re here to help.
If you’d like to learn more, join us for a webinar on 3/21 and we’ll talk through how our platforms can be used to accelerate developing and deploying HIPAA compliant applications in healthcare.