Achieving greater efficiency in day-to-day operations has a ripple effect across a health system — from reducing the cost of healthcare delivery to improving clinician experience as well as resulting in better outcomes and improving the patient experience. For CIOs in health systems, the pressure and opportunity to drive increased efficiency with technology is higher than ever.
Why You Need Managed IT Services for Your Health System
The intersection of technology and healthcare is here to stay. More clinicians have come to rely on electronic health records (EHRs) and other clinical applications to streamline patient care processes throughout the care continuum. To put it simply, there’s more to manage and maintain than in the past, combined with the expectations of technology being as easy to use as a cell phone. The ongoing challenge: providing healthcare technology that’s as seamless as possible and gives caregivers more time with patients at the bedside.
Emerging Trends in Healthcare IT Services
Results of the 2021 online survey* of healthcare executives, all College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) members, indicated the use of managed services is one of the fastest growing models used by healthcare CIOs to deliver valuable IT services to their organization. Managed services of specific interest includes these areas:
Benefits of Healthcare IT as a Managed Service
Considerations When Looking for Managed Healthcare IT Services
Finding an IT partner to take on operational IT tasks can help you run as efficiently as possible and give you the bandwidth to focus on strategic IT imperatives. Though you may feel reluctant to consider managed IT services, analyze the opportunity for cost savings, satisfaction, and operational efficiency, then identify some quick wins. Some key qualities to keep in mind when researching IT partners:
Bottom line: There are many types of managed services required to keep a health system running – from laundry services to lab testing. Having the right managed IT partner can keep healthcare technology operating as smoothly and as efficiently as possible, while allowing CIOs to take on the transformational work without distraction. The ripple effect of smooth healthcare IT services touches clinicians and ultimately patients.* 2021 data is based on responses of 50 CIOs in April 2021.