But Why Outsource Your Healthcare IT?

When you go to official websites like Becker’s Hospital Review or Black Book Research, there is tons of information pumped out daily; describing the numerous reasons and areas in the healthcare industry why Outsourcing Healthcare IT is on the rise.

For instance, here is a short list, recently put out by Black Book, of high demand outsourcing areas in a hospital or inpatient medical practice considered non-core administrative functions:

  • Credentialing and Privileging
  • Biomedical and Clinical Engineering
  • Emergency Department
  • ERP Support
  • Anesthesia Department
  • Human Resources Department Services
  • Facilities Management
  • Hospitalists
  • IT Security
  • Laboratory Support and RCM
  • Pharmacy Department
  • Marketing Services
  • Medical Imaging Systems
  • Teleradiology
  • Physical Therapy and Rehab Services
  • Recruitment Process Outsourcing
  • Supply Chain and Distribution

The list represents only a fraction, where non-core administrative functions, are in high demand for outsourcing and removed from hospital and medical staff “to-dos” as non-productive tasks. As you begin to evaluate the information, consider that the list represents only seventeen immediate areas your team has no responsibility to address. What other, non-core tasks, should be outsourced and taken off their plate to focus on patient care?

Did You Catch The Recent Article From Cision PR Newswire?

Here’s just the headline:

“By 2022, Average Hospital Costs Must Be Reduced by 24% to Breakeven and Outsourcing May Be the Solution Says Black Book.”

According to the article, a whopping 98% of those surveyed have determined that outsourcing with third-party vendors, such as Healthcare IT companies like Reliable IT Healthcare will be more cost-effective for their clinical and non-clinical functions.

So, 98% of C-suite executives, Senior Managers and Hospital Boards from 709 hospitals and inpatient organizations overwhelming are considering working with third-party vendors for cost-efficiencies. Can you remember the last time, where you read, nearly 100% of those surveyed agreed?

What’s The Main Reason or Push For This Overwhelming Transition For Outsourcing IT?

Is outsourcing healthcare IT just about cutting costs and being more efficient? It’s no secret. Some healthcare providers are lacking in the primary area of quality care. The Millennial generation has been very vocal in recent years and does not trust traditional healthcare methods as the Baby Boomers do. With social media on their side, they have consistently bashed and raked the healthcare industry over the coals for not providing good quality health care.

But more and more Hospital administrators and Inpatient healthcare providers have sat up and taken notice of the publicized criticism and are more determined to stay focused on providing value-based programming. They want to be trusted by all who walk through their doors and ensure they received the highest quality of care possible.

Some practices have gone so far as providing clinical expertise as you would find at:

  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston)
  • Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota)
  • New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago)
  • UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles)
  • UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco)

But to do that, more outsourcing changes must take place if you want recognition for having:

  • The Best Hospital for:

Cancer Treatment

Diabetes & Endocrinology

Orthopedics

Pulmonology

Urology

  • The Best Children’s Hospital for:

Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

Neonatology

Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Neurology & Neurosurgery

  • The Best Hospital by Procedure:

Abdominal Aortic

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Heart bypass surgery

Lung Cancer Surgery

Do You Want To Be A Jack-of-all-Trades In Your Medical Practice?

For example, a day-to-day non-core administrative function is healthcare IT. There is no reason for a doctor, nurse, or the interns to step in and diagnosis, why the Cloud service is not accessible from the hospital, issued tablets. The outsourced IT cloud provider does that. The moment any of these individuals turn their attention to this task, the care of a patient stops and set to the side.

No person setting out to become a doctor or nurse considers studying diagnostic imaging services, clinical services, IT or Cybersecurity. Their vision is to make people whole again. Provide wellness, not just healthcare.

There is no room in their medical practice or profession for these guardians of healthcare to turn their attention away from their patients. And why outsourcing your healthcare IT, is left up to those professionals who do not diagnose a patient’s healthcare.

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