The Year of Getting Ahead, Not Catching Up

For most of America, a new year brings new opportunities—getting healthier or being more financially responsible.  But a new year in the IT Department of a healthcare organization brings panic—tighter budgets, federal deadlines, increased regulations, and more. The list of things that should have been done yesterday are already starting to rack up:

  1. Thinking of new and creative ways to do more with less under this year’s budget cuts that your CFO is likely already brought to the department’s attention.
  2. Stakeholders are wondering when they’ll start seeing the ROI on the multi-million dollar EMR investment, and they’re looking for cold, hard cash, not any anecdotal returns like improved patient safety and process adoption.
  3. Government deadlines are right around the corner, and poor compliance means missing out on invaluable MU incentives.
  4. Software vendors aren’t making your job any easier as you try to rally multiple upgrades, service packs, and capital improvements.
  5. Care providers are not adopting to the new-fangled multi-million dollar EMR investment…not helping #2
  6. The everyday tasks and challenges of change requests and other

Seems like CIOs, CMIOs, and IT Directors across the entire country are struggling to stay above water, tackling one task at a time with an understaffed and overworked team (yourself included), working 60-80 hours a week just to maintain.  If these struggles are resonating, you’re not alone—thousands of organizations are going through the exact same thing, working through the same challenges and striving for the same goals.

Some of the biggest challenges facing IT Departments today are money, staff bandwidth, and money.  It’s no secret that everyone is skimping on department budgets, and especially after that multi-million dollar EHR investment, the Board of Directors and CFO are thinking the IT budget has been exhausted for the next ten years.

Chances are the staff you do have are passionate about their jobs, but at times discouraged; they’re educated, but like everyone they’re having a hard time staying motivated when they’re stretched too thin. Additional training seems nearly impossible to ask for in the budget, and your staff hardly has the time for that additional training.  Prerecorded, computer-based training is generic and generally invaluable, and let’s face it, your staff isn’t going to use their lunch breaks and free time to watch another mouse on a screen click a few buttons. New hires are a messy, political HR ordeal, and take too long to onboard and train.  So…we do what we can with what we have, and hope for the best?

Or…we could do better with what others can offer us.  Divurgent’s cohesive practices offer the expertise and industry knowledge to successfully deploy any healthcare initiative. Whether it’s meeting HITECH requirements, implementing go-lives, transforming care processes or developing ICD-10 strategies, our Leadership Team and consultants can provide out-of-the box, cost-effective solutions that deliver measurable results. If you don’t believe me, click here to see what Divurgent clients are saying.

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