When implementing MEDITECH 6.1x in acute and ambulatory environments, there are multiple phases to take into account:
- Process Review
If you missed our first post on planning, you can click here to catch up. Today, we will be covering the “process review” phase. This phase typically takes 1-2 months to complete and it provides a basis for how new system is implemented. Here are 3 key components to keep in mind:
- Current process review: This involves reviewing current key processes from various Acute and Ambulatory areas. Information is gathered via questionnaires, interviews and shadowing and provides insight into how current processes are completed and how the current system supports those processes. Deliverables from this review include documentation of systems, interfaces, reports, key metrics, key operating structures and state process documentation. We use this information for development of future processes and to determine how a new system is implemented.
- Future process development: Organizations need to take time when implementing a new system to do a thorough review and development of new processes. The future processes do incorporate a combination of both process and system changes. Deliverables from this development include documentation of new system components and future state process documentation.
- Gap analysis: Compares current system functionality vs. new system functionality. The gap analysis provides comparative information that can be tracked throughout implementation. This data allows your organization to better understand the impact of new system and how it handles various processes. It’s utilized during the design and implementation of new system and is a living and breathing document throughout implementation. The ultimate goal is to close all the gaps.
If you are considering implementing a new system or upgrading your current MEDITECH environment, our team would be happy to provide specific insight depending on your needs and answer any questions you might have. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (855) 276-9112. We also encourage you to subscribe to our blog to catch more insight on the remaining phases in this series on implementation.
About The Author:
Craig McCollum is AVP of Professional Services at Parallon Technology Solutions. In this role, he is responsible for implementation services and project delivery for PTS’ clients. Craig has more than 20 years of healthcare IT and finance experience, including practice leadership, business development, EHR project leadership, EHR implementation and financial management.
Craig is a member of Medical Users Software Exchange (MUSE) and Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Craig is MEDITECH READY certified in project management, general financials, supply chain management and human resources planning. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Fresno State University.