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Sep 3 2012   7:53PM GMT

Value Driven IT for health care organizations

Posted by: RedaChouffani
health care IT, IT partners, mhealth

Health care IT continues to be an exciting world. IT provides help with making a difference to patients, all the way to the ability to participate in true change in health delivery. But as we continue to see an increase in the number of technology providers and technology jobs, the health care market is getting picky about whom they are partnering with and hiring.

In the past, IT was constantly dealing with hardware upkeep, software upgrades and new installations. In some cases, this demanded a large number of IT folks to execute the work and keep the systems running smoothly in the health care settings. But as we continue to see the shift in using virtualization, cloud-based apps and virtual desktops, the market has been demanding less of the traditional IT support needs and more of proactive, consultative and value add services.

This is forcing technology providers to rethink their offerings and strategy to stay with the demand of the market. While there are several technology companies offering IT services and managed services, the market is looking for business value and how to maximize the use of existing systems and further align IT with core objectives. This simply means that technology partners must have a much deeper understanding of health care, and technologies in general.

The top 6 areas in which IT providers must provide strong value to health care organizations:

1.     A strong health care understanding, ranging from policy, clinical workflows, compliance, and regulatory requirements

2.     Emerging technologies such as mHealth, medical devices, telemedicine and other areas

3.     Upcoming technology hard and soft trends

4.     Seeing technology as an enabler for providing an organization with tangible value and not gadgets

5.     System integration abilities

6.     Strong project management experience especially around EHR implementations

The changes in health care continue to focus on improving patient care and identifying effective ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency. This provides technology partners with incredible opportunities to add value. Whether the partner is the internal IT department or an outside service provider, health care organizations will continue to be excited about how technology can help make a difference.

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