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3 ways to boost productivity in healthcare organizations

by ​Aline Liu
Are you facing added pressure to increase efficiency while also lowering costs and improving outcomes? Taking proactive steps now can help.

There is mounting pressure to boost productivity in healthcare organizations in order to deliver better outcomes in less time and at a lower cost.

While the benefits of successfully navigating these challenges can be well worth the effort, trying to figure out how to create this complex balance is no small task. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to turn this challenge into an opportunity to thrive.

As healthcare embraces new care delivery and reimbursement models, it will be increasingly important to equip your employees with technology that is agile.

Where exactly should you start?

Every healthcare organization is different, but these three focus areas are a good place to start:

Technology infrastructure – The tools and technology that support your healthcare organization should help increase efficiency, not slow you down. As healthcare embraces new care delivery and reimbursement models, it will be increasingly important to equip your employees with technology that is agile. Ask yourself: can my organization’s current technology and tools help achieve the following?

  • Efficient communication across disparate health information systems and formats including digital, paper, structured and unstructured data
  • Accurate consolidation of clinical and financial information to provide a complete picture of performance
  • Secure exchange of health information among care team members to improve collaboration and care coordination

Workstyle innovation – As hospitals are expected to do more with less, the way they collaborate within and across departments will likely have a big impact on pace and care quality. Real-time communication and collaboration demands information mobility - the ability to capture, manage and transform information when and where it is needed. Make sure care givers have remote access to applications, including from their mobile devices, and are able to find and integrate information from different platforms. 

Information management – Last, but not least, consider the way information travels throughout the enterprise. In many healthcare organizations, information is scattered across systems, departments and staff. A recent IDC Health Insights study1 found that 47.5 percent of healthcare employees need to access more than six data repositories for information. Yet only 16.2 percent of hospitals surveyed enable search across all data sources. Identify where gaps are occurring and unblock the clogs in your workflows so you can handle patient data as efficiently as possible.

Don’t let productivity hurdles slow down your progress. Taking proactive measures now is the first step to building an efficient, agile culture that can improve outcomes – both internally and externally.

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Aline Liu
Aline Liu, Senior Manager, Strategic IMC Planning for Ricoh’s Healthcare business, is responsible for developing content that address the challenges Healthcare companies face and provide insights on how to solve them. She brings over 15 years of experience in marketing communications, promoting content and solutions that are important to our customers.
1 Lynne Dunbrack, "Information Mobility at Hospitals Drives Accountable and Quality Care." IDC study commissioned by Ricoh, April, 2016. <a href="https://www.workintelligent.ly/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Ricoh-Info-Mobility-Hospitals-White-Paper_FINAL.pdf">https://www.workintelligent.ly/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Ricoh-Info-Mobility-Hospitals-White-Paper_FINAL.pdf</a>