How to Keep Your Company Staffed in Health Information Technology

August 24, 2018

How to Keep Your Company Staffed in Health Information Technology

With increasing patient demands and evolving technology, it’s important that healthcare organizations are fully equipped with effective health information technology solutions. According to Harvard Business Review, IT and business leaders are often faced with the task of upgrading workplace technology and infrastructure—and also overcoming user resistance to new ways of working.

Start with these solutions to fulfill your health information technology need.

Evaluate your needs.

Before you can implement an IT solution, you need to evaluate your organization’s needs. This involves determining which departments need certain resources, such as more on-site staff or updated technology platforms. There are several functions of an effective health information IT department, so a comprehensive audit can be beneficial in assessing your needs. Going through an auditing process will allow you to reassess your current technologies and evaluate how they affect your employees’ experience.

Utilize the best workflow IT services.

A range of technology solutions are available for hospitals and healthcare providers of all sizes and specialties. To improve your employees’ productivity, optimize performance, and improve quality of patient care, make sure your facility has the most updated and advanced imaging and workflow IT services.

When implementing new IT solutions, there are many factors to consider, including the following:

  • Where do your employees work? Are they highly mobile? Do they work with outside partners or vendors?
  • What devices do they use now? What might they use in the future?
  • In what ways do your employees work together and collaborate? Or do they work in silos?
  • What processes can be improved through automation?
  • Are you maintaining the highest degree of security and protection?

Outsource services where needed.

Many thriving IT departments do not operate without outside help. To improve productivity and efficiency, consider outsourcing needs that your internal department can’t handle entirely on its own. Depending on your staffing levels, you may want to consider outsourcing tasks like website updates, cybersecurity, and certain business applications. As noted in Business News Daily, it’s important to realize your IT workers are not experts in all types of technologies. Many IT professionals have specific strengths and specialties, which means they may want to seek help from vendors for projects outside their areas of expertise.

There are many health IT solutions available, but it’s important to find the most beneficial ones for your organization’s specific needs. To do that, you’ll need to tap into how your employees work and make sure any changes align with culture, behavior, and user preference.

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About the Author

Andrew Moberg

Andrew Moberg is the Senior Director of Career Services at Ultimate Medical Academy. In his role, he works with advisors in order to help prepare and place UMA students in allied healthcare careers. Before his time at UMA, Andrew worked in the recruiting industry in various roles. His experience gives him unique expertise on the things job seekers can do to become competitive candidates.

The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Ultimate Medical Academy.

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