A point solution addresses a single specific need and is typically used when a quick, inexpensive fix is required. It usually functions in isolation and does not address the larger context to which it belongs. It can be a perfect fit, a temporary solution while a more comprehensive approach is developed, or it can be problematic.

As opposed to a platform, a point solution fulfills only one part of the process. The upside is that the solution can be deployed fast. The downside is that the solution may not integrate well, causing friction among patients and other stakeholders. While a comprehensive platform is the gold standard, many companies have to occasionally use point solutions to keep moving forward.

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