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3 Keys to Improving Your Healthcare Organization’s Technology Implementation

Prioritize education and planning to bolster success.

Exploring ways to improve patient care is always at the forefront of what providers like Sauk Prairie Healthcare do as organizations. Everything an organization thinks about on a daily basis, operations project-wise, is about the patient.

When the decision was made to build a new hospital building, leaders at the Prairie Du Sac, Wis.-based organization recognized a unique opportunity to create a robust infrastructure that could support the applications needed to enhance outcomes, improve the patient experience and achieve patient-centric goals

Three keys to success for Sauk Prairie included:

1. Plan Ahead

As a small rural hospital, Sauk Prairie needed to identify a budget to keep costs contained. Working with CDW Healthcare, the organization was able to pinpoint its needs to implement an effective plan. Those needs included a redesigned data center to accommodate growth and technology that promoted patient-centric care, such as a nurse call system that integrated with Cisco IP handheld devices.

2. Involve End Users

The better clinicians understood the capabilities of the technologies, the smoother their buy-in. All of the key players were involved early on in the process to ensure the tools would meet their needs and were customizable to their workflow.

3. Provide Solid Go-Live Support

Stakeholders knew exactly what to do and where to be on day one, day seven and day 14. A big reason why? CDW Healthcare held intensive training sessions for every department set to use the new communications system. The hospital also provided classroom training, “cheat sheets” and hands-on practice with simulated scenarios before going live.

Wondering how technology and planning can improve your hospital? Watch the video to learn more.

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Jan 29 2017

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