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What is our testing approach?

Comprehensive system testing is the key to a successful go-live. Testing should be methodical and begin weeks before the go-live. This is an area where vendors may take the lead and provide testing scripts as well as plans for execution. Normally, the vendor plan is limited to their application so additional test scripts will need to be developed if the health IT system needs to be integrated with other products.

In addition to testing the various aspects of the application, a comprehensive system test includes any other applications that are integrated with the new health IT system, for example, a practice management system that is being integrated with an EHR. The staff assigned to testing the system should ensure that they are able to complete all the test scripts without any problems. Any issues that are encountered during testing should be documented and resolved with the aid of the vendor. System backups and downtime procedures should also be tested and validated.

Resource on testing and implementation:

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