Internet of Things (IoT) has not only created a technological stir in the IT industry but also achieved a revolutionary milestone in all its operating industries.
One such industry to experience IoT’s dynamic influence is healthcare. Due to the interconnection of computing devices, the pace of processes is speeded up. A robust and well-integrated healthcare system has been set up with facilities like remote monitoring, smart sensors, device integration and smart pills.
IoT software testing companies have ensured that IoT systems work seamlessly to support the needs of hospitals and patients.
We list 5 pivotal tests performed by an IoT software testing company for healthcare projects:
1. Usability Testing
IoT usability testers check the user interface of a medical healthcare device. For example, a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) is used to monitor blood glucose levels for diabetes patients. A CGM display must be big and clear to generate legible results, date and time of test, especially for the elderly. If there are any errors or warnings, the machine must notify them.
2. Compatibility Testing
IoT compatibility testers check software configuration of different healthcare devices when used in conjunction through the IoT system. For example, in remote patient monitoring, data is collected from a patient at one location and reviewed at another, on the basis of which the patient is advised by the medical practitioner on the suitable course of action. The IoT tester checks software components of both devices, ensuring they recognize incoming data and send it back and forth without losing it. Testers check syntax and data format compatibility to assess the ability of the software to exchange and apply information through real-world crowd testing and lab testing methods.
3. Scalability Testing
IoT scalability testers ensure that the software can handle a projected increase in user traffic or data volume. For example, a healthcare domain system must be scalable for the entire hospital including all its various departments. An IoT software tester is likely to conduct the test for 5-15 patients. The data is pushed to 20 devices. Then, the full hospital is brought on board, the data spread to 300 patients. An IoT tester ensures that the system works with this huge load of data.
4. Security testing
IoT security esters conduct threat assessments to identify vulnerabilities in coding practices and network. They setup a defense process to prevent hacking. For example, to secure an infusion pump setup, a tester ensures that entries on the pumps are documented. A tester checks that each pump is connected to the network and has a secure password to access the wireless network authentication. Pumps are configured to use individual certificates issued by the wireless network authentication.
5. Performance Testing
IoT performance testers ensure data transmission is unaffected by disruptions in the user’s internet connection. All Protected Health Information (PHI) data is backed up before transferring and is erased after it’s been sent successfully. IoT testers test the process with one patch, followed by updates, so they are integrated smoothly into the device operation. IoT testers monitor healthcare devices to ensure the diverse protocols (MQTT, HTPP, CoAP, DSS, etc.) are continuously communicating with servers.
Ray Parker is a senior marketing consultant with a knack for writing about the latest news in tech, quality assurance, software development and travel. With a decade of experience working in the tech industry, Ray now dabbles out of his New York office.