A Few Thoughts on ERP in Healthcare
Many healthcare organizations have been focusing on their clinical system refresh and ignoring their obsolete ERP systems. ERP technology is currently more popular in non-healthcare related organizations, such as financial accounting, supply chain management, and human resources management. However, hospitals and other healthcare organizations can also benefit from ERP technology. It is becoming more important for healthcare organizations and hospitals to implement a robust ERP system. With real-time integrations to clinical systems and bi-directional flows of data, ERP systems make healthcare organizations more efficient and prompt at delivering their services both internally and externally.
Healthcare is a busy sector of our rebounding economy - it has a constant influx of new patients and new technologies, and therefore the existing systems need to be upgraded regularly for efficient performance and functionality. There is some user resistance to deploying a new ERP in the healthcare industry, as adapting to a new ERP system requires a significant change in work processes and can be perceived as a highly complex system and carrying a “big price tag.” Many healthcare organizations are also just finishing their new clinical deployments and are overwhelmed by the thought of another implementation not realizing that an ERP system can help control their costs without carrying the big price tag.
Running a healthcare organization can be an expensive undertaking and ERP technology can help them maintain these costs. An ERP system can provide real-time data to a healthcare organization or a hospital. This can help departments make critical decisions related to patient care or materials management. ERP technology can also help healthcare organizations breakdown their departmental barriers with reliable information and can help healthcare organizations move beyond their slow paper-based procedures to automated solutions.
A new ERP system can enable healthcare organizations to focus on their primary concern – patients. It can also help the organization stay competitive in the ever changing healthcare arena. Now that the clinical system refreshes are almost complete, it is the time to update the obsolete ERP systems in healthcare to gain control of your costs.
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