With manual processes proving less and less reliable, test automation has become a must-have asset in today’s healthcare environment. But, before executing test automation across their IT systems, organizations need to decide what will be tested in and outside the EHR, and how often they will test.
These and other considerations should be included in a comprehensive test automation strategy. Below are some of the major factors to address when determining a strategy that works best for your organization.
Test automation allows you to change the way testing has always been done, and significantly improve your EHR project with streamlined processes and higher employee morale.
Below are the primary benefits you can experience from test automation with the proper tools in place:
- Greater test accuracy
- Expanded scope and test capacity
- Reduced time and effort
- Cost savings
- Decreased risk
- Higher satisfaction
- Sustainable value
As you move forward with a test automation strategy, keep these benefits top of mind, and you’ll realize a positive impact across both your IT and business operations.
Once you’ve decided to implement test automation, you’ll need to decide which test activities should be automated and which ones should be completed manually, as some human judgment will still be needed. Keep in mind the following guidelines when you’re making these decisions.
Automation should cover: 80% of all testing activities in an EHR implementation or upgrade, and virtually all activities requiring keyboard or mouse functions.
Manual testing should cover: the remaining 20% of EHR testing activities, or tests against a specific build that would not be used with each subsequent release.
In general, the 80/20 rule provides the parameters your team needs to appropriately prioritize automation activities. Use this as a guide when executing your automation plan.
As you’re deciding how to approach test automation, it’s important to consider the benefits of bringing on an experienced partner to help. A partner can be integral in outlining the plan, integrating test automation software with the EHR(s), automating your entire library of tailored testing scripts, and running the initial wave of automated tests.
Below are factors to consider when determining your need for experienced help:
- System expertise
- Cost savings
- Scripts library
- Test coverage
- Staff availability
By tapping a third party consulting firm for the planning and execution, you’ll have access to outside knowledge and resources that can ensure the process runs smoothly and is effective.
Test automation has changed the way healthcare organizations implement and upgrade major IT systems, and Santa Rosa Consulting has been part of making this change happen for numerous clients. We have more experience leading test automation than any other firm and proven success in helping hospitals and health systems save time and improve project efficiency.
Through our test automation services, we can provide a proactive, ROI-driven solution that meets your organization’s specific EHR implementation needs.