Implementing a Health Information System
Although change is inevitable in the field of health care, the introduction of a new information system can nevertheless bring considerable stress to an organization and its staff, especially if the implementation strategy is not well defined and the actual implementation of that system not well planned. The more care that is taken to identify and address even small details and concerns up front, the less likely it is that there will be major headaches later on.
To prepare for this Discussion, consider the types and purposes of systems that are implemented in health care organizations and the needs of the diverse stakeholders (including providers, staff, and patients) who use these systems. Then select a specific type of system that is used in a health care organization.
By Day 4, post a comprehensive response to the following:
· As a member of a cross-functional team charged with leading the implementation of this new system at your health care organization, what are two challenges that your team might expect to encounter during the implementation process? Why?
• What do you consider to be two critical factors for the successful implementation of that system? How do you think these two approaches will help mitigate the anticipated challenges?