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Testing Healthcare Applications: How to Set up a Load Test on a Healthcare Application

Healthcare Application Testing


The proper functioning of your critical healthcare applications is an important part of your business. If an application is slow and does not reliably perform all the tasks that it needs to perform, that directly affects the users of the application along with the customers that they serve. Given the high stakes in the healthcare industry, it is especially important that you know for certain that your applications will perform when they go live.

This is why load testing is so important. Load testing allows you to test how the application will perform when it goes live and is being used by many users. You do this by stressing the application in a similar way that it will be stressed when it goes live by using a load tester.

Unfortunately, many load testers on the market today are expensive, time-consuming, and ineffective. When you manage to get past the high upfront costs, setting them up is extremely difficult. You need to calibrate the load test to the specific protocol on which the application is running. This usually involves purchasing very specific types of load testers and paying enormous consulting fees to set them up.

It can take months to set up a load test using a traditional load tester. Making adjustments is even more difficult, and the results they give are oftentimes not very useful.

Setting up and executing a load test on a healthcare application using a traditional load tester is not a very appealing option. You may judge that the cost in time and resources is simply not worth it.

There is an alternative on the market today to traditional load testers: AppLoader. Unlike traditional load testers, AppLoader is protocol independent. What this means is that AppLoader will run the same way regardless of what type of application you are testing. AppLoader supports all types of healthcare applications, including Citrix, McKesson, Eclipsys, Epic, GE Healthcare, Meditech and Cerner. This reduces costs and makes AppLoader much simpler to set up; no high consulting fees required!

Indeed, a load test can be set up and executed in hours, rather than weeks. Making adjustments to your load test is also very straightforward using AppLoader. In addition, testing for different types of loads is easily done using AppLoader.

AppLoader performs most of its tasks automatically, which is why it is so efficient. All it needs to know is the application that it needs to stress and what level of stress it needs to put on the application.

Perhaps most importantly of all, AppLoader gives you the data that you need to best determine the performance of your application under different levels of stress. Again, this is all done automatically.

If you use AppLoader, setting up load tests on your healthcare applications does not have to be expensive and time-consuming. AppLoader gives you a cost effective alternative to traditional load testers that simply works better with your healthcare applications.