Through our continued research and development to try and improve, we understand that sometimes change is not easy. Sometimes, however, it is often necessary for the long run. Within policy management software making changes should be as easy as possible, without compromising reliability. It may be that for your organization our software is suitable for doing the changes you need, or it may be that you find another provider’s software is easier for you, and that’s important to establish.
Making changes to any type of software can go from being extremely easy to almost impossible, depending on a couple of factors that I will be listing in this article. Before we start listing these factors, it would be wise to address the following question, “Why should a company promote changes to its policy management system?”
Primarily, the answer to this question is that a company should promote changes whenever the software is not flexible enough to accommodate their requirements any longer. A good software platform should be flexible enough to the point that it can be adapted to most, if not all, types of organizations.
“What Would Impact The Viability Of Promoting Changes To A Policy Management System?”
- Promoting changes to a flexible system would, probably, not require more than a few minutes work. For example, creating a new metadata field for software that has customizable fields is extremely easy and would take about 2 minutes to be accomplished. However, the same kind of change when applied to some other application, which is not prepared to accommodate such a requirement, would need some engineering time.
- The nature of the change is something that impacts directly on its viability. For example, if it’s a structural change or a navigation flow type of change, it is probable that it would require engineering time as well as require analysis and testing time. On the other hand, if it’s a simple message or spelling mistake type of correction, it should not require much time at all.
- Some changes may start a cascade effect, which in turn affects multiple areas of the application. These types of changes require a lot of tests due to the fact that they may impact different areas of the software. The types of changes that cause such cascade effects need a high level of focus from the engineering team and are mostly recommended to be performed through a major release. This is only after performing all the types of tests possible.
Promoting Changes To A Policy Management System
Promoting changes to a software platform are critical, especially if the changes are to provide a better marriage between the client needs and the software capabilities. However, it should be done very cautiously in order to avoid a bigger problem.
At PolicyMedical we always strive to make our software as flexible as possible for healthcare providers because a more workable solution results in a greater focus on patient care. For some healthcare providers they might find our software right for their needs, or in other instances they may not. In order to help make an informed judgment on this please feel free to contact us to discuss more. It is also possible to explore the wide range of content in our knowledge center or request a no obligation demonstration to see PolicyManager in action.