It was with great interest that I read a SearchSoftwareQuality.com editorial written by editor Michelle Davidson entitled Don’t Shrug off Buggy Software. In her article, Michelle writes how often, software development teams are in fact, working with projects that can have a life-and-death effect on people. She states , “If something is not done properly, not tested or not fixed, people could actually die. Software defects on planes or automobiles can cause deadly crashes, defects in air traffic control systems can leave pilots unable to fly safely, and defective software in medical devices designed to help people could actually hurt them.”
Talk about application value!
Once again, I find myself wondering – how would one establish the value of such an application? I seriously doubt that any of us would say it’s not a job worth doing right, or that it doesn’t have value. Just how much is a life worth? I’m sure you’ve experienced with each visit to your doctor, the increasing use of computers, and thus software. My Dr. has been dedicated to the latest of technology well before the time that doctors began to recognize the value of computer systems, and networks for small offices tended to be a nightmare.
I’ve had an opportunity to speak with him about the application program which he has been using for the last two or three years, and interestingly enough, the software he uses was originally designed by a doctor during his internship. He was particularly impressed with the software because it just seemed to provide him with everything that he wanted at the time.
Designed by a doctor, for doctors. I believe this is a software ideal not only in the medical field, but also for most industries.