Life-saving applications is specialized computer programs that are designed to provide individuals with all the necessary information, tools, and ideas they need to stay healthy and cope with emergency situations. These include issues such as checking vital bodily indicators such as blood pressure, where to access first and in times of emergency, and information concerning the nearest health care facilities among others.
Typical examples of life-saving applications include Airstrip OB, CPR & Choking, Close Call, Pocket First Aid & CPR Guide, iBP Blood Pressure, Emergency Radio, and Pet First Aid, to mention but a few!
Like every other computer software, they too must be tested before official launch. The proceeding discourse endeavors to highlight and explain in details the importance of software testing in life-saving applications:
To Ascertain the Suitability of the Software to the Tasks Intended
Life-saving applications are designed to carry out different purposes. Some are designed to check bodily vitals; others are designed to relay crucial health-related information to users, and so on. Testing ensures that the software carries out its stipulated functions as expected.
To Ascertain the Compatibility of the Software to other Systems
These applications are installed on cell phones, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. They require an operating systems, inputs, interfaces, hard disk space, memory, and other co-operant hardware and software to be able to discharge their mandates. Testing ensures that such applications are compatible with these other systems to guarantee their efficacy.
To Check the Quality of the Software
The quality of the software refers to how efficiently it carries out its stipulated objectives. It is measured by a number of parameters such as load that is the number of potential users that the software can accommodate at any given time; stress which measures the responsiveness of the software to high loads; endurance which gauges the software’s capacity to withstand high loads over longer duration; and scalability which is the ability of the software to adjust to higher loads. Testing the software enables developers to ascertain how effective it is most likely going to be insofar as the discharge of its mandate is concerned.
To Prevent Errors and Mishaps
Testing of the application software before launch prevents errors and mishaps from arising out of the use of the software. This helps in safeguarding the well-being of the users and also protects the reputation of the firm that issues out the application.
It is worth noting that the aforementioned importance of software testing in life-saving applications is by no means exhaustive since there are innumerable others which, owing to space constraints, could not be fully enumerated.