IT Strategic Planning
Most medical clinics have some form of strategic planning for their practice, however we’ve found that often clinics miss one of the key aspects of planning for their success – IT Strategic planning.
After construction, fit-out and setup costs, IT infrastructure forms one of the largest capital expenses for any medical practice.
IT infrastructure is the main practice tool that helps to deliver better patient, clinical and business outcomes.
Analysis of your IT Situation
Once you know the direction of your clinic, you need to look at your IT systems and infrastructure. By performing a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats) analysis, you will be better of your clinics IT needs.
With Your IT Situation Analysis, you need to review the following:
Hardware: Is it ageing, working to capacity, capable of expansion?
Software: Are you running the most current version of all software? Do you need new software programs?
People & Skills: Do your doctors and practice staff have the right IT skills to deliver your goals?
Security & Privacy: What systems do you have in place to ensure patient and clinical security? Do you have disaster recovery systems in place?
Governance & Controls: Who overviews your systems to ensure legal compliance and ongoing management?
Risk Analysis: What are the potential risks and strategies for mitigating those risks?
Setting up the Clinic Strategy
We recommend IT Strategic Planning be incorporated into the second stage of the overall strategic planning process. The IT plan is a key part of detailing how the overall goals will be delivered.
Are you planning expansion of your clinic/s and services?
Do you want to increase patient satisfaction with your practice?
Do you need to ensure compliance with accreditation and audit requirements?
Do you want to increase integrations with external and government health service providers?
Are you embracing eHealth records?
Do you want to improve privacy and security for patients and the clinic?
Do you need to improve key medical equipment maintenance registers and systems?