Hospital ERP Systems Driving Future of Health Care
Published: June 19, 2014
There are few sectors more complex and unpredictable than health care, and executives in this field can never rest when it comes to improving their IT infrastructure. And while countless medical applications and specialized digital tools have saturated the market in recent years, health care professionals must be able to rely on a centralized platform that coordinates workforce, financial and supply chain management processes for maximum control. Hospital ERP systems not only offer these features, but also provide a foundation on which to build a completely digital ecosystem.
Putting Health Care Tech to the Test
Many health care professional leverage cutting-edge technology expecting their daily lives to be instantly improved and the patient experience streamlined in front of their eyes. Although certain tech tools can certainly enhance many critical processes, I find that too few hospitals are willing to integrate their IT services for optimized performance. An application here, a mobile device there - most strategies seem disjointed and lacking a meaningful direction toward a better future. A recent article from Forbes hit the nail on the head, explaining that the health care pros of the future will need a proactive plan to succeed.
"The big question will be how do we provide tools and technology so that regardless of location, patients get the care they need?" asked Karen Thomas, senior VP and CIO of Main Line Health, according to the source. "When this reimbursement model comes into play, the main concern for hospital CIOs will be how to help caregivers keep up with patients when they aren't within a medical facility. CIOs will be tasked with finding ways to utilize technology to communicate with patients and fill in the gaps between doctor's visits."
Get a Team of Experts on Board
Of course, coming up with a strategy for future-proof enterprise resource planning in the health care industry is much easier said than done, which is why I continue to urge executives to develop partnerships with dedicated service providers early and often. Nothing beats expertise in a sector that demands precision and an eye for trending tech, and organizations of all sizes and niches can benefit from a little guidance now and then. Health care professionals that turn to IT consulting firms and create strong digital alliances will be poised to deliver next-gen care with confidence and command