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IT Strategic Planning for Medical Clinics

/IT Strategic Planning for Medical Clinics
IT Strategic Planning for Medical Clinics 2017-08-30T05:04:35+00:00

Project Description

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.

  1. Are you planning expansion of your clinic/s and services?
  2. Do you want to increase patient satisfaction with your practice?
  3. Do you need to ensure compliance with accreditation and audit requirements?
  4. Do you want to increase integrations with external and government health service providers?
  5. Are you embracing eHealth records?
  6. Do you want to improve privacy and security for patients and the clinic?
  7. Do you need to improve key medical equipment maintenance registers and systems?

Ongoing Review and Maintenance

Practices need to regularly review their plans and strategic direction and adjust to new information as it arises. The IT world is an ever changing atmosphere and having the right people in place to monitor, maintain and advise is an inevitable application.

IT4GP can help with your IT Strategic Planning for your practice, with our skilled team working with you to create a clear, understandable and actionable IT strategy.

Your IT Goals

By understanding your overall goals and current situation, you will be in a better place to determine what your practice needs in the way of skills, systems, applications and networks.

These IT goals need to be clearly identified and prioritised, with funding and resource plans created to meet the goals.