What Are The 3 Building Block Principles That Form An IT Management Foundation?

The three principles’ design is:

  • Business IT Strategy
  • Business IT Service
  • Business IT Assets

Inside a robust Healthcare IT Management are three building block principles that form the core foundation of the IT process. Remove any block, and the other two will not function correctly. Ultimately, affecting the business or medical practice, both financially and operationally.

  • Building Block #1 – IT Strategy

The first principle of any IT management is the most critical; connecting an IT department with the business or medical practice’s essential needs. At its core, the IT Strategy must have a plan for good and bad scenarios, commonly related to Information Technology. But not just for an initial startup plan. The strategy will look at every part of the operation. The IT Strategy’s design in such as way that when reviewed again, the old policy will show it’s time for replacing, which in turn keeps the operation fine-tuned and up to date.

  • Building Block #2 – IT Service

The second block focuses on placing a high value on the business IT service. Now is when crafting written service goals and accountability standards take place. An in-house IT department or outsourced IT firm are only permitted to provide superior attention with regards to service. Another part of ensuring the higher value is thorough compliance documentation.

  • Building Block #3 – IT Assets

The third and final block focuses on managing all of the assets which employees, vendors or customers use. For employees, it might be mobile devices, for vendors it might be data files, and for clients and customers, it might be the company or medical practice’s website. The top areas of managing assets are cybersecurity, software updates, accessibility, and backups.

What is Healthcare IT Management?

Before you take the necessary steps, to revisit your Business IT management, let’s briefly cover the basics. In its purest form, routinely executed tasks for IT management. The central aim is to produce actual value through the use of technology.

To achieve this specific goal business strategies and technology must be aligned. All of the information technology resources in a business, a medical practice or government entity are managed and monitored; based on deliberate and preplanned goals and priorities.

What Are The Healthcare IT Resources?

Quite often, a business resource is and does get overlooked. The support also gets miscategorized, because the critical resource is forgotten and not introduced. From this point forward keep in mind, there are typically two sets of resources to review that makeup business IT Management:

  1. Physical – computers, data, hardware, networks, software, and data center facilities
  2. Personnel – Hired staff or an outsourced IT management team contracted for the routine tasks

When those managing the physical business resources, each person or resource involved would have or should have basic management knowledge and training of:

  • staffing
  • budgeting
  • tech support
  • software design
  • network planning
  • change management
  • organizing and controlling

Are There Advanced Resources Available?

There are other advanced IT resources an outsourced IT Team will have, the in-house staff may not. They will cover a broader range of disciplines, and business development and listed as:

  • IT Governance
  • IT Service Management
  • IT Financial Management
  • Business and IT Alignment
  • IT Configuration Management

Does A Healthcare or Medical Practice Benefit When Revisiting?

  1. It will reduce a company or organization expenses

When management combs over the operation’s data, it usually finds resources being underused or improperly used. Upon further inspection, other monies were used to solve an IT issue when an asset was already in place but not utilized.

  1. It will reduce the unnecessary time and labor used by non-authorized staff

Other data find pops up. An in-house staff member was brought in, shifted away from their regular duties they were hired to perform, to assist with IT management. When that information comes to light, that employee or staff member are removed from that task and assigned back to the duties they were hired to perform.

How Often Should A Healthcare Organization Revisit Its Business IT Management?

That will all depend on the size and scope of the operation; it is typical for annual reviews. It does not mean you cannot often revisit or update policies and practices sooner. On the other hand, most industries operating under federally mandated regulations and compliance laws reviews might be as often as 30, 60 or 90-days. The critical point to remember, revisit your business IT management often.

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