Hard for us to believe, but we are entering our 12th year in business – over the past 11 years our services have grown and evolved as healthcare IT has progressed. Our team of experts started out providing mostly surgical and anesthesia information system selection and implementation support and then moved - along with our clients - through their upgrades. While the upgrades continue to occur year after year (as do the occasional surgery and anesthesia information system selections) we have been increasingly busy in the area of system conversions, and data/workflow and data assessments.
What are the key drivers increasing this activity?
Based on the abundant healthcare merger and acquisition news and future trends, we expect that most of our current and future clients will be somehow impacted by this trend whether they are the merged, acquirer, or the acquired. Regardless of which role our clients fall into, the activity typically brings new processes, strategies, responsibilities, integration challenges, levels of scalability and monthly reports.
While this activity is daunting and stressful, the transition does provide a tremendous opportunity for standardization. These mergers and acquisitions – as well as increasing government regulations- are compelling organizations to share information with their new partners and to do so in a meaningful way.
Regardless of whether or not this activity leads to a surgical information system conversion, the following are some recommendations to leverage the benefits that such a transition can bring, should you (or when you) find yourself in the middle of this activity:
These recommendations may sound obvious… but we continue to be amazed at how little attention is paid to these areas post-merger/acquisition despite the significant benefits that can be achieved and the value that perioperative services bring to an organization as a whole. Good luck and make the most of the journey!