Importance of Bug Management Tools in the Healthcare Industry

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By Ray Parker

Bug management tools have gained a lot of popularity in recent times, thanks to growing software dependency all around the world. Problems are now more complex than ever and even the smallest of them can have huge consequences. No matter how complex they are, every problem has a solution and that’s what bug management tools are. In simple words, these tools enable digital teams to report, manage, track and resolve bugs.

Digitalization is enforcing the use of these tools in all the industries. These tools play a crucial role in industries such as healthcare and the military. The reason for its importance in the healthcare industry is that there is no margin for error and the slightest mistake can have huge consequences, directly or indirectly affecting the patients. For example, during the period 1985-1987, a software bug caused a radiation therapy device to malfunction and overdose patients up to 100 times the intended those. This cost the lives of 3 patients.

Considering the current situation, the following are some of the reasons why bug management tools can be useful in the healthcare sector:

1) Information-Rich Format

An interactive dashboard lets you report and track bugs effectively. These defects must be tracked back and forth within the cycles. They are also connected with the referenced test cases.

2) Create Custom Defects Report

The feature of creating customized defect reports can enable you to attain the advantage of the two-way integration with the assistance of defect management software such as Jira. In this way, you will be able to use customized fields to make this integration more suitable under business context.

3) Jira Integration

Effective bug management tools incorporate tools like Jira. They enable you to sync your defects with Jira through easy setup selection. This scenario is ideal for agile teams as it enables business analysts and testers to coordinate between various tracking tools. The issues or defects created on one platform are logged on the other.

4) Flexible Reporting

Defects can be logged independent of test cycles and modules and can be utilized repeatedly, because of decoupled architecture. Defects are required to be created repeatedly in one case or module.

Conclusion

The healthcare sector is getting special attention around the world. Improved and quicker results are demanded which are being provided by advancing technology and the introduction of machine learning. An example of this is the introduction of AI diagnosis equipment by Google that predicts major medical events 48 hours before occurrence. This is just the start of software involvement in healthcare. And when you’re incorporating software, bugs come with the package. Therefore, it’s very important to use bug management tools to manage bugs.     

Ray Parker is a Senior Marketing Consultant with a knack for writing the latest news in tech, quality assurance, software development and testing. With a decade of experience working in the tech industry, Ray now dabbles out of his New York office.