Keeping up with the times does not mean chasing after every trend. This distinction is important. Since it draws the line between those companies that want to develop stable, reliable solutions for long-term partnerships and those that are only after quick profits. And their product strategy is guided by management buzzwords and potential subsidies rather than by improving the quality of medical care and unburdening the actors in healthcare – including patients.
VISUS keeps up with the times – and has done so time and time again for almost 25 years. Accordingly, we already have a well practiced routine for dealing with changes and new topics. This experience serves us and our clientele well, precisely because we now have to cope with a large number of changes. But how accurately does Management of a successful change work? Rule number one reads: Identify and focus on the really relevant topics.
Evaluate what is really important
This sounds – as usual – easier than it actually is. One example: Which challenges will arise from the hospital reform proposal with the focus on switching of services to an out-patient basis for IT is still not entirely foreseeable at present. What is clear is that the proposals require even tighter networking of the individual actors with one another and even more reliable communication of medical information. At the same time, care in the in-patient area will presumably be straightened out and reduced to what is essential. What does this mean for the IT infrastructure and the individual systems? Are large, complex IT solutions tailored to one institution then still up-to-date?
Presumably not. It is foreseeable that IT systems will indeed have to be functionally effective but at the same time, standardized, reproducible and capable of being implemented rapidly. The current trend in establishment of chains of registered private practices also supports this theory. If IT is centrally controlled to increase efficiency, IT concepts must be applicable and scalable to all units. Rapid, simple and without lengthy familiarization time or considerable administrative expense.