Are You Ready to Upgrade?

Are You Ready to Upgrade?

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With all of the advancements in healthcare it’s important to ask yourself if you’re reaching your full potential. Are you using the best software to suit your needs? And if you choose to implement a new system or software, how can you do this and create the least disruption to your current processes and staff?

Upgrade?First, I’d recommend designating a Project Manager. An experienced Project Manager can help to smooth this transition and carefully plan the best way to develop and begin implementation. It can be very helpful to go through this new transition with a ‘veteran’ of the trade who has already successfully implemented new systems and knows what to look out for, make sure you are thoroughly prepared for this new technology and basically make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. Their background knowledge and experience can also help to determine if you have chosen the best software to meet your needs and they can facilitate good communication with your staff and IT department to ensure you are ready for an upgrade or new system.

One challenge we face with a new implementation is introducing this new software to our staffs and keeping them assured this is a positive transition that they will benefit from as well. Mobile technology devices such as iPads, iPhones and tablets are now a great resource in the medical field and combined with an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system, for example, can improve efficiency and reduce the number of errors on patient records improving work flow processes and patient safety. This will give your staff more time for patient care and other responsibilities. Proper training for your staff is a necessity before any new technology is implemented so they will not only have the technical level to use the software systems but are also comfortable and ready for the transition.

One of my favorite quotes came from Michelangelo, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” With proper planning, communication and support don’t be afraid to reach a little higher and introduce positive change and advancements into your environment and reap their rewards of their benefits.

 ~ Danielle French