Success is achieved only after many failures. Some days these failures never seem to leave our rear view mirror. The fact is, even the most skilled and qualified program/project manager makes bad decisions through the life of a HIT project.
Winston Churchill once said,
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
This holds true in every aspect of life. From the time we’re born to the time we die, our natural instinct and desire is to succeed. While this is common to everyone, one thing that makes us different is the level of enthusiasm we have to succeed.
It’s easy to remember the failed attempts. However, it’s the paths carved by failures that bring value and lead us to big successes.
I’ve personally experienced these failures. I’ve witnessed the impact they’ve had on project teams. Technology teams, hospital operations, clinical staff, and physician teams alike have experienced major technological growth in the last 15 to 20 years, and through this growth came significant amounts of failure.
Never underestimate the impact of one bad decision on a project. Any large HIT project team that pulls off a successful project with minimal issues should be celebrated.
In fact, when I think about how healthcare technology, as a whole, has evolved in the past decade, from significant strides in medical research, advances and breakthroughs, to the advances in technology in healthcare, software & tools, regulatory changes, the innovations in medical devices, the financial perspective, and changes in how healthcare is administered in our communities it’s overwhelming all the opportunities that come along with these amazing advances. Opportunity to imagine, opportunity to learn, opportunities to save lives and help others. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
Hospital systems throughout the country and throughout the world, watch each other through projects for the outcomes, especially the large, big dollar enterprise wide projects. We hear about the good, the bad and the ugly in HIT online news and TV outlets. The latest news these days is all about data and security breaches, digital transformation, and the big healthcare IT acquisitions. While the standing questions being asked by hospital leadership teams working to transform care are:
From selecting the best tools and applications to fit the needs of your facility, selecting the latest technology solutions, searching and identifying the right resources for your project that still fit your budget; every decision is important.
Today, unlike 10 or 15 years ago, there are so many helpful resources available that have relevant and valuable content. Published white papers and books with outstanding case studies help direct our steps along the way and answer the tough questions, and even provide us with those questions we don’t know to ask. New trending topics like digital transformation, robots, and AI tools create the latest buzz. Also, let’s not forget the breaches and threats to our personal healthcare data.
There is no question that 2018 brings with it a wide range of new topics within the HIT space. However, nothing can happen without the collaboration and enthusiasm of people. Below are 4 key areas that are critical success factors for any project, and working in tandem, will make the difference on whether your project succeeds or flops:
If you have anything along this topic that you’d like to share, we welcome your comments and suggestions!
VP Operation Delivery at Excite Health Partners