We recently tackled the subject of how digitizing your medical clinic can greatly improve workflow, doctor-patient relationships, as well as overall security. Nowadays, implementing top-tier medical software solutions for businesses is a must, and finding a suitable partner to help you on your journey has become much easier. If you’ve been thinking about implementing certain technologies in your clinic, hospital, or research center, reading an effective guide on how to choose a software development partner is a great place to start.
For you to choose the best fit for your specific business needs, you have to weed out the companies that don’t align with your vision and plan. Additionally, if one software development company is the number one choice for a business, that doesn’t mean it’s also the best choice for yours, but with the right information at hand, you can be on the right path in no time.
A feasible partnership begins with both components having a mutual understanding of vision and priorities, as well as good communication. Here at SMEDIX, we’ve put together a helpful article to guide you in choosing the right software development partner for your healthcare business.
Read about the top 5 steps to follow below, and learn what you should pay attention to when choosing to work with a software developer partner.
1. Ask yourself why you are looking for a software partner
The first step is making a comprehensive list of reasons why you think your medical business needs a software development partner. Think about what services you would like to implement, what solutions would be beneficial for you, and how much money you’re willing to invest. Define your goals and be specific on what you are looking for, so the search for the right company can start with a little bit of groundwork already in place. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the specifics right off the bat; once you start talking to companies, you can also start refining your needs list.
2. Take the time to search for and research companies
Now that you have your list of priorities and business needs all set up, you can start searching for potential candidates. There are a few ways you can go about this. You can search for your ideal medical software development company online. The easiest way to start is on Google, or websites like Quora or Reddit, and start searching for companies that focus specifically on medical device software development. Once you have a few leads, make sure to check out their website to gain more insight. You can also ask other medical specialists for their recommendation, or head to platforms like Clutch to read client reviews. The more research you do, the better, so make sure you give yourself enough time to go through different potential candidates before you commit.
3. Make a shortlist and start contacting candidates
By now, you’ve probably put in a lot of effort in doing your research, and selected a few potential candidates that you could see yourself partnering with. Your shortlist shouldn’t contain more than five or six companies, and you should prioritize those that fit your requirements best. You can create a spreadsheet and include the names of the companies, services, products, technologies they use, and more. Once you start contacting them and collecting information, you can start filling the spreadsheet with specifics and even personal ratings to help you make a decision when the time comes. Don’t be afraid to ask these companies for any details that are important to you or that you’re not sure of.
4. Start the evaluation process
Once you start talking to these companies, you’ll have a pretty clear vision of what each of them can offer, their price and availability, skill, communication, track record, completed projects and much, much more. All these things will factor into your final decision, and you should evaluate each companies’ presentation and skills accordingly. This is also a great time to ask questions, factor in compatibility and responsiveness, as well as price. Keep in mind that you are looking for a partner who’s going to be the best fit for you and your business needs, so don’t just pick the largest or lowest cost contender on the list without factoring in all the specifics.
5. Make a decision
If you still have a couple of loose ends to tie up and want to ask more questions before making a final decision, make sure you follow through, so you won’t have any second thoughts later on. Even if making a decision seems hard, it’s actually the easiest step, because when you arrive at this point, you already know who’s the best fit for you. The groundwork you laid out paid off, and now you can focus on the future of the relationship between you and your medical software development company.
Looking for a medical software solution for your healthcare business?
If you’re in the middle of researching potential companies to elevate your medical business, feel free to reach out to us here. We can set up a call and walk you through the essential steps, and answer any questions you might have about what we do. Here at SMEDIX, we work with cutting-edge development tools and provide medical software solutions that can improve relationships with patients, physicians, as well as staff members.