IT Project Nightmares are the Best

on Wednesday, 18 May 2016. Posted in Healthcare Deployment, Project Management

IT Project Nightmares are the Best

Author

Robert Williams

CEO

goPMO, Inc.

When the wheels are falling off and everyone is panicking the project trenches suddenly get real crowded as everyone is looking for cover. In my opinion this is the best place to shine. Obviously we are never expecting or planning for our projects to go sideways, but it happens nonetheless. The story is the same, “No thanks, we got it. We don’t need the help...we got it...we got it...oh crap, we’re in trouble and being overrun. Can you come help?”

Why You Need Test Planning

on Wednesday, 18 May 2016. Posted in Healthcare Deployment, Project Management

Why You Need Test Planning for Every Project - No Matter the Size

Author:

Kathy Drake

Implementation Specialist and Test Lead

goPMO, Inc.

Test planning is how a team makes sure requirements have been met in a satisfactory manner for software, products, and systems.  In addition to verifying what the project team delivered is indeed what was expected, test planning is also used to ensure the quality of the end objective is at a level acceptable to stakeholders. 

2016 The Shakeup Year for Health IT - Electronic Health Reporter

on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. Posted in goPMO Corporate

2016 The Shakeup Year for Health IT - Electronic Health Reporter

Healthcare IT Trends for 2016

Published in Electronic Health Reporter, 12/26/15

Scott Rupp

 

Author:

Robert Williams, PMP

CEO

goPMO, Inc.

I continue to view 2016 as a shakeup year in healthcare IT. We’ve spent the last 5 plus years coming to grips with the new normal of Meaningful Use, HIPAA and EMR adoption, integrated with the desire to transform the healthcare business model from volume to value. After the billions of dollars spent on Electronic Health Records and hospital/provider acquisitions we see our customers looking around and asking how have we really benefitted and what is still left to accomplish.

All Politics Are Local

Our healthcare providers are realizing their clinical applications, specifically EMR vendors, are not going to resolve interoperability by themselves. When the interoperability group, CommonWell formed in 2013 much of the market believed the combination of such significant players (Cerner, Allscripts, McKesson, Athenahealth and others) would utilize their strength to accelerate interoperability across systems. Almost three years late CommonWell only has a dozen pilot sites in operation.

Evolving HL7 standards and a whole generation of software applications are allowing individual hospitals to take the task of interoperability away from traditional clinical applications and creating connectivity themselves.

Help Wanted

Black Book’s recent survey published last month, stated that 3 out of every 4 hospitals with more than 300 beds are outsourcing IT solutions. Hospitals have been traditionally understaffed to meet the onslaught of federal requirements. Can they evolve into product deployment organizations as well? Across all the expertise they need within the organization? Most are saying no and searching out speciality services organizations to supplement their existing expertise and staff.

Are You Going To Eat That?

Patient engagement is on fire right now at the federal level (thank you Meaningful Use Stage 3), in investment dollars and within the provider community. But to truly manage hospital readmissions and select chronic diseases (diabetes, obesity and congestive heart failure for example) providers need data and trend analysis on daily consumer behaviour. The rise of wearable technology and the ability to capture data/analyze data from them will be a major focus going forward. These technologies will likely help to make us healthier but with a bit of big brother side effect.

EMR Revolution 2.0

Healthcare providers no longer remain in full trust of their EMR vendor to be their healthcare support partner across all their challenges and goals into 2016. Competing applications once thought ancillary to the EMR (bed management, physician rounding, clinical decision support, telemedicine and others) are now standing alone and taking responsibility away from the EMR. If the EMR is truly at it’s core just a database, future value comes from what’s connected to it.

Mobile Everywhere

The definition of what constitutes the “last mile” of healthcare is rapidly evolving. Mobility solutions now let providers extend the point of care to virtually anywhere the patient is. Now that we can direct clinical applications, data capture and analysis to a patient device, worn outside the four walls of the hospital, and analyzed by the physician in any location mobile solutions and devices are now the tools of choice to provide continuity of patient care.

Commercialization of Subject Matter Expertise

While the rank and file of hospitals are struggling with resources, a few are realizing their opportunity to productize their subject matter expertise to clinical and financial benefit. One of the best is the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Healthcare systems as both care provider and product development organization points to a significant area of growth for healthcare and a potentially potent competitive factor to existing vendors.

Byline:

Robert Williams, PMP is the Chief Executive at goPMO, Inc. leveraging his depth of expertise in most areas of healthcare information technology including healthcare software, operations and support, e-commerce, technical and product delivery. Robert is a veteran of the United States Army and before goPMO has served the healthcare industry among many healthcare providers including WellCare, Sutter Health and others. Robert holds a BS in Management Information Systems and an MBA in Marketing and e-Commerce.

goPMO: Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB)

on Wednesday, 03 June 2015. Posted in goPMO Corporate

Exciting news this week to share with our healthcare customers, partners and colleagues. After completing the review process, we have been informed by the Department of Veterans Affairs that we have achieved Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) certification. This is due primarily to the sacrifice and service of our CEO, Robert Williams. To whom we are forever grateful and proud of his service to our country.

HiMSS15 is long over, what's next?

on Thursday, 14 May 2015. Posted in goPMO Corporate

HiMSS15 is officially in the books. At goPMO we spent the show in discussions across the show floor with a wide range of partners. Now that I actually have feeling back in my feet and lower part of my legs again I can with some confidence say that from everything our team has experienced and heard directly that this has been one of the most successful shows in the last 3-5 years. Through all those discussions, events and presentations there were a few things I’ll take with me from this year’s conference

goPMO Corporate Site Relaunch

on Thursday, 08 January 2015. Posted in goPMO Corporate

Over the new year we relaunched our corporate web presence at goPMO.com. We are very proud of the new site and are excited to share it with our partners, existing customers, and prospects. The new site has allowed us to reframe our value to the healthcare IT market in expert clinical IT deployment services and as our project deployment software, Impel-X. Customers and prospects to our site are able to easily find the products and services they need, connect with our team easily and begin the conversation quickly and efficiently.

Interoperability is Harder Without a Complete Patient Chart

on Tuesday, 06 January 2015. Posted in Healthcare Deployment

The now ex-National Coordinator for Health IT, Karen Desalvo, recently spoke at a conference about how interoperability won’t be easy. I’m sure we can pretty much regard that as an understatement. Interoperability continues to be a challenge within hospitals and systems with evolving standards, varying levels of IT adoption, and the current M&A environment. Not to mention the struggles that many providers have with their application vendors in terms of upgrades and professional services. Add in clinical workflow changes to accommodate interoperability and security concerns and you can see how difficult achieving interoperability will be.

How Pricing Restricts Productivity

on Friday, 24 October 2014. Posted in goPMO Corporate

All across the software industry, including the project management/product delivery space that is near and dear to our hearts, whether in cloud solutions or on-premise, the number of seat licenses are the primary defining factor in how much the software costs. A tiered, seat-based pricing structure is simple math: A (number of users) + B (cost per seat) = C (total cost). And therein lies the problem.

Luck is an unfaithful friend, especially when it comes to ICD-10

on Thursday, 14 August 2014. Posted in goPMO Corporate

If you have heard the words "with luck" or "hopefully" or "not sure if we are ready" in your conference rooms when discussing ICD-10 readiness, then you have most likely left to lady luck to show up on time and ready to play. As most folks are working through their Meaningful Use attestations and getting applications upgraded or replaced, 2015 will be upon us before you know it.

Decommissioning Legacy Applications: Challenges and Tips for Healthcare Providers

on Tuesday, 24 September 2013. Posted in goPMO Corporate

Technology changes all the time, and that often means adopting new software and applications. These new applications often give you unprecedented flexibility or functionality, making them an obvious improvement over the old system. But transitioning to a new system isn't as simple as flipping a switch: all your data is still in that legacy application.

How a conversation with an Astronaut can help your projects and traceability

on Saturday, 24 August 2013. Posted in goPMO Corporate

I had an opportunity to have a conversation with an astronaut. He spent six months on the international space station.  It was a fascinating conversation and story.  There were a couple of experiences he had that really stuck with me.  First, fire on a space station is a bad thing.  This unfortunately occurred during this astronaut’s tour of duty.  It was a horrific experience from his eyes. Second, your body reacts differently in a non-gravitational environment.  The body simply doesn’t need as much bone density or muscle to function in space.

Best Practices in Healthcare IT Project Management

on Wednesday, 24 July 2013. Posted in goPMO Corporate

From EHR and ICD-10 to the continuous flood of software and mobile applications, the requirements of healthcare IT are constantly evolving. As a result, effective project management has become absolutely critical not only for managing the adoption and implementation process, but also for the decommissioning of legacy applications. Unfortunately this task increasingly falls to IT staff members who aren't project management experts. With federal requirements not going away and the pace of change in the healthcare IT department accelerating, staff members need to choose both internal strategies and outsourced vendors who have the expertise and ability to keep pace. If you’re managing projects on your own, here are a few key principles to guide your approach to project management, regardless of how much experience you have.

Does Your Healthcare Organization Need a Mobility Assessment?

on Monday, 24 June 2013. Posted in goPMO Corporate

Workload is a constant barrier to improving patient care. Nurses, doctors, and other practitioners face ever increasing demands on their time and attention, hindering their ability to offer the best care possible. While patient loads and other factors may remain beyond a healthcare organization's control, it is possible to improve workflows for patient-facing staff. This step can play a significant role in improving patient outcomes and reducing employee burnout.

Top Tips for Implementing a New EMR System

on Wednesday, 15 May 2013. Posted in goPMO Corporate

The advent of electronic medical records (EMR) has revolutionized the healthcare industry, offering incredible new tools for improving patient care and outcomes. Adopting an electronic health record (EHR) system for the first time or transitioning to a new EHR system is a momentous but worthwhile undertaking, one that's best done with a keen eye for project management.

The Many Faces of Project Delivery in Healthcare

on Monday, 22 April 2013. Posted in goPMO Corporate

Project management and delivery play an important role in every business, whether the process is formalized or not. But in healthcare, project delivery is much more multifaceted than in most industries; caring for patients requires a robust, rigorous set of systems, processes and operations because every aspect of care impacts someone lying in a hospital bed. Due in large part to this complexity, there are four different approaches to project delivery in healthcare.

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