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How Azure DevOps can drive better digital products in the healthcare industry

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Azure DevOps is an invaluable tool in the workflow of digital healthcare product makers in developing effective software and minimizing the time to market for new products and features. By helping companies save time in development, it can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful product launch.

The healthcare industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the world. With new regulations and compliance standards being introduced all the time, it can be difficult for healthcare companies to keep up. One area where many healthcare companies struggle is with digital product development. In this blog post, we will discuss how Azure DevOps can help improve digital product development for the healthcare industry.

Healthcare as a digital product: Delivering value to customers online

The healthcare industry is in the midst of a digital revolution. An increasing number of digital healthcare products are available, and patients are increasingly turning to the internet to access healthcare services. This trend has implications for both patients and healthcare providers. For patients, digital healthcare products offer increased convenience and accessibility.
Digital healthcare can be defined as any service or product that uses internet-enabled devices and applications to provide patients with convenient access to information, resources and providers anytime they need them.
Digital healthcare products are delivered using the internet and mobile phones (phones can be used as both). Digital healthcare products include:
• Telemedicine platforms to buy medicines and devices for monitoring vitals
• Digital consultation platforms to speak to doctors and specialists using text, video, or VOIP for instant support for simple diagnosis or emergencies
• Applications for managing chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or asthma
• Apps that help patients manage their own care by tracking symptoms, medications, appointments and test results
Further, digital platforms can also be used to book appointments, track medical records, and even order prescriptions. For healthcare providers, digital healthcare products offer a new way to engage with patients and improve patient outcomes. In addition, digital healthcare products can help to reduce the cost of care by improving efficiencies within the healthcare system.

The rise of digital healthcare products is changing the landscape of the healthcare industry, and it is having a positive impact on both patients and providers alike. In many ways, the industry has been ahead of the curve when it comes to delivering care digitally—just look at how many people now manage their own health via apps and wearable devices like Fitbit or Apple Watch. The fact that these devices and the data they can hold frequently help doctors and emergency caregivers save people’s lives makes the business case for healthcare providers to deliver digital products and manage and use data digitally, stronger.

Faster delivery means more revenue through subscriptions and lower churn

The healthcare industry is one that has to work hard continuously to innovate and provide fast, high-quality services so that patients can get better faster and stay healthy longer. And healthcare organizations need to do this while working within tight budgets, demanding regulations, and technologically evolving environments. Moreover, as with any other product, it’s important to understand what your customers want and why they want it. You’ll also want to know how your product compares in terms of price, quality, and functionality with other competing products. Once you’ve identified these factors, you can build a roadmap for digital healthcare products—one that will help you get where you need to go. To keep up with the pace of change, you need to deliver new features and services quickly. This means your team needs fast access to a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform that can help them build, test, deploy and monitor their code throughout the development process.

Azure DevOps is a leading CI/CD platform that offers an end-to-end solution for modern software development processes including application lifecycle management (ALM), testing automation and monitoring services. Azure DevOps provides everything you need to build great software faster—all from within one integrated experience in the cloud. With Azure DevOps, it takes just minutes to get started building your next app or service with additional functionality such as source code management (SCM) or agile project management tools like Kanban boards or business intelligence dashboards for reporting on progress against key performance indicators such as velocity metrics.

How can Azure DevOps help the healthcare industry?

Azure DevOps is a powerful suite of tools that help you build, test and deploy your apps. It makes it easy to work with modern development processes like agile, DevOps, or waterfall. Using Azure DevOps allows you to focus on building better software faster. This means less time spent on manual testing and more time spent making improvements based on customer feedback. With Azure DevOps you can:
• Build your product in any language using any tool
• Automate the entire application lifecycle so everyone knows what needs to be done next at every stage of the process
• Monitor application performance during development, testing and production.

Azure DevOps lets you build, test, and deploy any app at any scale

Azure DevOps is a cloud-based platform that helps you build, test and deploy any app at any scale. It lets you work with your team in real-time to automate the building process and improve quality and reliability while reducing costs across the entire lifecycle of your project. Azure DevOps supports Git, GitHub, and other open source tools; offers integrations to popular IDEs like Visual Studio; allows for easy development of custom extensions (e.g., import from Jira); gives you access to all of our other services such as Azure App Services or Azure Logic Apps through the same user interface; includes rich dashboards for monitoring progress across all projects in one place; provides a marketplace where users can find pre-built extensions that add functionality directly into their pipelines (e.g., import from Salesforce). Lastly, but quite importantly, it’s available for free for small teams.

Azure DevOps also has a great set of tools to help developers create new applications quickly. If you’re looking to get started with Azure DevOps, you can import your existing process templates and workflows from other systems. Or, if you’re starting from scratch, Azure DevOps has out-of-the-box templates for each of its three supported processes:

• Agile – A cross-functional approach to software development that is iterative in nature. Responsibilities are divided between different groups (teams) who collaborate on delivering features. The goal is to deliver working software frequently in small increments (iterations).
• DevOps – A cross-functional approach to software development focused on improving collaboration across developers and operations teams. Its main focus is on automating infrastructure changes which require both teams’ involvement throughout the entire lifecycle of a project or feature set (process).
• Waterfall – A linear approach where each phase leads directly into the next phase as tasks are completed sequentially by different people in an organization (team). An example would be: Requirements gathering, analysis & design; coding & testing; deployment & maintenance.

How can Azure DevOps improve healthcare apps?

Azure DevOps helps you to build and test your healthcare app faster. With the cloud-based version of Visual Studio, you can build, test and deploy your healthcare app from anywhere. You can even create a development environment in Azure DevOps where you can develop and test code as often as necessary.
Azure DevOps has everything needed to set up continuous delivery pipelines for your healthcare apps:
• Deployment options include Kubernetes, Docker Swarm or Mesos clusters; or on-premises environments like VMs or physical machines with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) integration enabled
• Automatically detect dependencies between projects in the solution tree so that you don’t have to manually link them together during deployment The integrated toolset gives teams collaboration features such as work item tracking & visual project management on one platform


Healthcare is a complicated sector. But no matter how complex an organization’s operations are, they can benefit from the tools and services that Microsoft offers. Azure DevOps is powerful, flexible and robust enough for any development team to use—even those working with legacy processes like waterfall or scrum. Getting started today means setting up your project in under 15 minutes, then deploying and testing changes as frequently as every five minutes. The result? A faster product delivery cycle means more revenue through subscriptions and less revenue loss due to bugs or crashes—and we all know that’s what drives any business.

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