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App modernization in healthcare

July 15, 2022

App modernization in healthcare
The way we program apps today is different than how it was done in the past. In fact, the old way of programming isn’t just outdated, it's obsolete. One of the reasons is because using previous coding architecture made it laborious whenever an update needed to be made to that code. Essentially programmers had to go through all the code to make their update, which in some cases could be millions of lines of code. This very centralized, vertical and linear approach is simply unsustainable in today’s fast-paced market that demands updates and innovations happen on a much quicker scale—especially in the healthcare market, where privacy regulations and other market factors force providers to update software faster than ever.
So what’s the answer? App modernization. Today, developers (especially those in large enterprise companies) have divided and compartmentalized apps, which has completely changed the way those apps are developed. So instead of the top-to-bottom approach with enormous libraries of code, developers now work with digestible chunks that are kept in “containers.” This modular approach to app development is more decentralized and horizontal, if you will. For an example of this approach in action, think of a website you frequent: a popular online marketplace or search engine. Components of that site, like a search bar, shopping cart, or product pages, can now be put into development containers, allowing developers to work on just the search bar when it needs updating. This means other parts of the site won’t be affected or break as the search bar code is updated.
Typically, the healthcare market has employed a lot of legacy apps, or apps that use the old method of development. This can pose a huge problem when those apps need to be updated. The healthcare industry also generates a lot of sensitive data that should be protected at all costs. App modernization and development containers are helping to address these potential issues, as well as segment code into more digestible sizes for data analytics, another huge opportunity within the healthcare industry. Security is another benefit of this new approach, with containers providing additional layers of protection thanks to their compartmentalization.
One of the main challenges preventing more widespread adoption of app modernization is simply a lack of awareness among network admins. Developers typically are onboard and welcoming this new approach with open arms, but they aren’t the data center decision makers. It’s important to educate and spread awareness among the gatekeepers so they can in turn enable the developers to expand app modernization to their entire software catalogue. For more information on Ingram Micro’s app modernization services and solutions, read our playbook below.
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