Automated warehouses are popping out more and more often. But why?
The trends in healthcare emerge in response to the changes - and challenges - in society and environment. The challenges may vary according to the characteristics of the local market, but we feel that there are some recognisable pervasive influences which affect major parts of the market.
Agile in Medical
For quite some time, a very common misconception was that Agile software development and medical software development are a contradiction in terms. This is an industry, after all, where adhering to regulations is practically as important as the product itself - even a breakthrough product is of little gain if it is not compliant and thus not marketable.
Have you ever been asked if you can achieve zero bugs in a product? A younger me would have laughed and said it’s not possible, but not all projects are the same. We once worked on a military project where budgeting is on another level and where there was no expense spared starting from documentation and planning (both under heavy testing and monitoring). Or you might be dealing with the medical industry, where a bug doesn’t mean an angry customer but the difference between life and death.
It has been more than 30 years since the first medical tests were performed outside of conventional clinical laboratories. Today, point-of-care testing (POCT) is estimated to grow on average more than 10% per year, on track to reach 37 billion USD by 2021.