A major American hospital group relies on Cerner applications to drive efficient operations and continuously optimize patient care. However, their manual testing approach could not keep pace with Cerner’s rapid release schedule. The constant testing of updates was disruptive, and each test cycle was painful without tools providing insight into what changed and what to focus on.
They knew that Cerner tested each new release. However, Cerner does not disclose exactly what was tested, and with what rigor. Moreover, each Cerner customer needs to perform their own testing to understand how Cerner’s updates impact the highly-customized workflows that hospitals build upon Cerner’s prepackaged functionality.
Even beyond testing Cerner updates, the organization’s manual test tracking and execution process was not meeting their expectations from a reporting, status, coverage, and release traceability standpoint. It was clear that addressing these issues required test automation embedded within a more robust, mature, and streamlined testing practice—as well as a better way to organize test cases and results.
Tricentis helped this major California hospital group advance from manually testing Cerner updates to applying a risk-based automated testing approach that provides more effective testing with significantly fewer resources.
- Testing of several Cerner application areas automated, including First Net, Power Chart, Lab, and Revenue Cycle
- Implemented a risk-based test automation framework
- Project details can be provided in readable formats (rather than in compiled code-dumps or bunches of syntax), which is great for management and above
- Better analysis and tracking of testing from release to release
- Improved, streamlined regression testing
- Workflows can be visually mapped, end-to-end
- Minimal learning curve for moving from manual processes to test automation
- Data-driven tests increases test coverage while reducing testing effort
- Real-time visibility and reporting on testing progress
- Expanding automation to additional areas of Cerner
- Expanding automation to additional application areas across the enterprise