In today’s world, no one questions the need to incorporate information technology into key clinical and administrative processes of hospital settings. There is a clear consensus on the need to introduce the Electronic Health Record as the number one game-changing project in hospitals and health centers. This technology is rapidly becoming the cornerstone of complete overhauls of healthcare systems in cities, regions or countries. This, coupled with an avalanche of innovation through the confluence of various technologies, has led us to this special moment of transformation in the hospital industry.
Therefore, the implantation of information technologies in healthcare centers is no longer something that is nice to have, but something that you need to have. According to a study published by the MIT Sloan Management Review, the vast majority of managers (78%) believe that achieving digital transformation is critical for their organizations. However, 63% feel that the pace of adoption in their organizations is too slow.
A slow pace sets in after the initial enthusiasm, excitement and wholehearted conviction wear off and the time comes to take action. How do we effectively implement the information technologies in the hospital in a way that is consistent with the overall strategy? How do we start a computerization process with the Electronic Health Record? How do we go from paper to electronic and avoid falling into the trap of inefficient processes designed for another time and context? How do we involve our patients in this transformative movement, the ultimate goal being precisely to improve their care? How do we reconcile these initiatives with the day-to-day running of an organization that operates 24x7x365? How do we take it on with our budgetary constrictions? How do we actively involve our healthcare staff in this transformation process and have them take a leading role? How do we put order and integrate all the information being generated in our technological “Tower of Babel”? These and many other similar questions cause major headaches for many industry executives.
In this Whitepaper we will address the top challenges facing current healthcare organizations in their digital transformation process, with the incorporation of key systems to modernize their operations, notably with the Electronic Health Record. We will review the most common barriers and problems facing hospitals and propose our technological adoption model that establishes a methodological basis, through planned and progressive evolution, that guarantees the success of these implementations.