Answers for a Healthier World

In part one, we discussed how a perfectly executed go-live event can signal the launch of a new system, commonly one for managing Electronic Health Records (EHR). We also discussed how this event signifies a major milestone in a hospital’s IT modernization program. In this blog, we want to discuss how, with so much on the line, it’s crucial for hospitals to understand the process and make decisions about the level of autonomy that support teams and consultants will require.

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A perfectly executed go-live event signals the launch of a new system, commonly an Electronic Health Records (EHR). It’s a major milestone in any hospital’s IT modernization program. By the time the go-live kicks off, hundreds-of-thousands - if not millions - of dollars have already been spent, along with countless hours of work. Project plans, communications plans, technology build and implementations, change management plans, stakeholder analysis, executive buy-ins, financial models, and endless meetings with leaders, managers, clinical staff and IT members have occurred. As such, the go-live must go smoothly.

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The benefits of skilled portfolio management are vast. If done properly, portfolio management can add visual control of an organization’s enterprise and unit level application portfolio to their Information Technology (IT) space. More importantly, portfolio management empowers organizations with analysis and visibility into the current state of their operations, whether that is vendor product management or application management, customer satisfaction or operational performance levels.

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2017 was a year of many great accomplishments and several key insights. At Leidos, we would like to sum up the year recapping some of the major takeaways that may help your organization better prepare for the challenges and opportunities of 2018.

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Collaboration is a main ingredient to successful execution within population health management. Recently, C-Level leaders within the health industry- such as CMOs, CMIOs, CIOs, Population Health VPs- met during a Population Health Exchange to discuss the strategic priorities of the population health field. The exchange is a yearly event run by HealthLeaders Media Exchange, a provider of healthcare business intelligence.

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Depending upon who you ask, population health may not be too popular. Some of the apprehension concerning population health concerns stems from the ability for Big Data to provide actionable insights that improve the level of care. Additionally, some apprehension around population health comes from the fear of a disconnect between quality care and financial success under new reimbursement models.

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Strategic planning is essential in healthcare- particularly when implementing and operationalizing an EHR. One key extension to proper strategic planning is project and portfolio management. According to the Project Management Institute, 89% of high-performing organizations value project management and 81% of high-performing organizations actively engage sponsors.  An overall Portfolio Management Framework, however, is a necessary component to effective project management since it can instill a programmatic but practical approach towards implementation and optimization initiatives. To sum it all up, portfolio management helps projects align with overall enterprise strategies.

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