How to Succeed with Health IT Change Management

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Making Organization Change Happen Effectively 

How do you keep ahead of your competitors in a world where nothing stays the same for more than a moment? How do you get a workforce and a company to shift directions fast to face a future that is almost unknowable?

"Change Management" is a structured approach to shifting/transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations from a current state to a desired future state, ensuring that changes are thoroughly and smoothly implemented, and that the lasting benefits are achieved. It is an organizational process aimed at helping change stakeholders to accept and embrace changes in their business environment.

Change Management entails thoughtful planning and sensitive implementation, and above all, consultation with, and involvement of, the people affected by the changes. If you force change on people normally problems arise. A proactive change must be realistic, achievable and measurable. 

Change Management Into Clinical Health IT. Why It Matters?

Managing change is tough. When it comes to technology, programs and devices are only effective if clinicians use them and adopt them into their workflows. The big question is, "How do CIOs manage a culture shift successfully?".

Good project managers must act effectively to ensure project success, avoid the loss of valued employees, and minimize the negative impact of the change on productivity and a company's customers.

Changes to services and organisations can often be difficult, especially for nurses and doctors. Top down change can feel threatening and destabilising. Many colleagues find it difficult to see the potential benefits. The changes may impact on the role, position and the status of individuals and therefore may test levels of self-confidence and confidence in others.

Change may require new clinical responsibilities, time for training and development, and an openness to new ways of doing things. It also requires letting go of previous practice. May require significant investment in people, systems, equipment and facilities, and is therefore likely to require financial backing. These challenges make the planning of the change process a prerequisite for success.

Today's Health Care manager occupies an extremely challenging position : How to maintain a competitive edge in the health care market while leading an organization through constant change. Rapid change is occurring as Health Care Organizations (HCOs) strive to adopt new technology such as the Electronic Health Record (EHR), implement quality improvement initiatives, and institute pay-for-performance plans. To deal with this change and help employees transition to new ways of doing things, managers need an edge.

In the video below, Glenn Tullman, CEO of Allscripts, Andrew Litt, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Dell, and David Hamilton, Senior Vice President at Siemens, share their thoughts and recommendations for implementing change management in a healthcare environment.

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