Drupal 8: Transforming the future of healthcare industry

By | 25th Jan 2016 | 4 min read

The health sector in our country is undergoing rapid growth, throwing up a whole lot of possibilities and challenges for the industry. It is one of the largest sectors in India, in terms of employment as well as revenue. Today, the Indian healthcare market today is pegged at US$ 100 billion and is expected to touch US$ 280 billion by 2020.

However, one of the key bottlenecks in our healthcare system is that it is still unable to cater to our massive population.To be successful in the competitive healthcare market, what is primarily required is complex medical information management systems, focused business intelligence, and an IT infrastructure that meets the swiftly changing customer demands and offers cost-effective healthcare to the public.

Using a scalable and robust CMS allows physicians to offer service to more patients in less time. For example, in hospitals when a patient is shifted from one care to another, doctors can exchange and view medical records through electronic devices. This helps to save a lot of time and effort.

Telemedicine: Combining technology with healthcare

Telemedicine has become the popular method of medical consultation and treatment in the Western countries. In telemedicine, the medical information is exchanged from one site to another with the help of communication devices to diagnose and treat a patient’s clinical health. Though it began about 40 years ago through hospitals for extending care to patients in remote areas, today an increasing number of employers are looking to offer telemedicine as an amazing alternative to time-consuming patient-doctor visits.Therefore, to reach out to more patients and to enable interactions between medical practitioners in various parts of the world, the healthcare sector needs to build a flexible platform using complex software with numerous beneficial features.

Drupal: Revolutionizing the healthcare industry

Drupal has been active in entertainment, publishing, e-commerce and government sectors, but is yet to be adopted fully by the healthcare sector.Unlike any other industry, healthcare needs a sophisticated platform like Drupal for developing healthcare web applications to cater more to patients and medical staff.Drupal has evolved successfully over the years and, its latest version, Drupal 8 offers state-of-the-art features for healthcare sector to operate successfully.

Here are the top 8 reasons why healthcare needs Drupal 8:

Connectivity: With Drupal 8, you can connect the website and the digital assets with other networks. Thus, you can integrate your website with other platforms to share patient details and medical information with doctors and hospitals. In addition, patients would also be able to access their individual medical information. Drupal is an extremely secure CMS which provides permission settings that allows access to the data only for the right user.

Flexibility: One of the major benefits of Drupal is its ability to adopt new features with absolute ease. This flexibility allows you to manage digital assets conveniently. Since innovations are happening rapidly in the health sector, you can make changes and adopt innovations smoothly into your Drupal website.

Drupal 8 makes use of HTML 5: HTML 5 offers codes for managing dates, video, email, audio, and various other features on website and mobile. Patients and physicians can easily access the content, including the video and audio, readily.

Mobile first design: Smart phones are very common today, and a website which is easy to view and navigate on a mobile phone is a must. Drupal 8 comes with mobile-friendly themes which suits any screen size. So, you don’t have to build a separate website for mobile users.

Security: Drupal without doubt has the best security features, which is why some of the major government websites are Drupal-powered. Hospital websites store voluminous amounts of data, records and digital assets, and with Drupal all these assets are well-protected.

Customized patient experience: Another major reason why we suggest Drupal 8 for healthcare institutions is because of its capability to deliver customized and valuable content to patients and physicians online. The enhancements made in Drupal 8 speed up the delivery of medical content.

Multi-lingual features: Our country has 22 official languages. Having a website which translates quickly is helpful for patients within our country as well as for those from other countries. Drupal 8 is built with extensive language translation features which tackles this issue.

Better user experience and engagement:Visitors want instant loading of web pages and content. This is a must to ensure better interaction with patients and to offer them uninterrupted communication online. Drupal 8 has increased the page load speed by integrating Symfony into its core, which has enabled streamlining of the custom Drupal core code.

With a fascinating array of features, Drupal 8 is the right choice for creating an engaging and user-friendly website for healthcare sector. If you need a healthcare website, we, at Zyxware, will help you build an efficient and affordable one that serves your patients and physicians better.Please get in touch with us to know more about our Drupal development services.

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Healthcare Industry in India