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HP ALM System Can Advance Healthcare IT

Application Lifecycle Management 11 may enable healthcare IT staff to automate the critical activities of modernizing software applications from requirements management to quality and performance.

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Hewlett Packard on Tuesday introduced the first unified system that unites and automates software applications and services across heterogeneous environments. The new system, HP executives say, can help healthcare organizations better manage their applications, cut costs and improve efficiency as they adopt electronic health records.

The new HP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) 11, which was launched at the HP Software Universe 2010 conference in Barcelona, Spain, will allow healthcare IT staff to automate the critical activities of modernizing software applications from requirements management to quality and performance. The system also automates the workflow processes within and across application teams, enforcing and accelerating best practices.

As healthcare delivery organizations move from paper-based systems to digitized medical records, and as demand among healthcare providers and patients grows for health related applications embedded in mobile phones and other telehealth devices, Mark Sarbiewski, vice president, Products, HP Software, told InformationWeek that the need for simplicity and application flexibility will be a powerful way to cut through the complexity that faces the healthcare industry.

"This announcement is significant for healthcare organizations because it can help with their application modernization initiatives, such as updating to electronic medical records," Sarbiewski said. "As healthcare organizations rely on applications to perform business-critical functions, HP ALM 11 will allow them to gain control over complex processes, accelerate the delivery of applications, lower application costs and achieve business alignment without sacrificing quality."

Executives at healthcare information technology vendor, McKesson Corporation, have used previous versions of HP ALM to help lower costs and free up resources for new applications and services.

Todd Eaton, director, ALM Tools and Services, McKesson, noted that multiple requirements and tests, running across different platforms and coupled with new technologies can significantly affect application quality.

"Implementing HP application modernization solutions across the entire lifecycle helped us realize savings of several million dollars over a three-year period," Eaton said in a statement.

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