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Learn how a healthcare intranet can benefit your organization by improving communication, collaboration, and access to critical information.
It doesn’t matter what country you live in, knowing the administrators of your healthcare organizations are providing the best possible care is important. What many don’t realize, the ability for your personal information to be shared securely, providing caregivers with the ability to collaborate and access resources within the organization is of equal importance.
That’s where a healthcare intranet comes in.
Some of the key features of a healthcare intranet include but aren’t limited to:
The purpose of this blog is to discuss some of those key features — and more, what to think about before implementing an Internet, plus some of the challenges and pros and cons.
So let’s get started.
A healthcare intranet is a private and secure network or online platform used within a healthcare organization. This could be a hospital, clinic, or any health-care related facility. It’s designed to facilitate internal communication, information sharing, and collaboration among professional healthcare workers and their staff.
The technology makes it possible for authorized individuals to exchange information, access resources and patient data, and communicate securely, all while complying with strict privacy and security regulations such as HIPAA in the US or PIPEDA in Canada.
Essentially, the intranet serves as an internal website portal that’s tailored to the needs of healthcare organizations, enhancing their efficiency, coordination, and patient care.
We’ve already mentioned a few but let’s go into a little bit greater detail of the features and benefits of a healthcare intranet:
There are several potential advantages to implementing a healthcare platform. To name a few:
Now for something of a reality check. Don’t get me wrong, healthcare intranets specifically and intranets in general are great, but they’re not the be-all and end-all. Let’s discuss some of the cons of using an intranet.
The truth is, many intranets are doomed to failure, and the very thing you’ve put in place to help with workflows and communication could thoroughly disrupt it. A few reasons for failure include:
Moving past reliability issues, implementing and maintaining an intranet of any kind can be expensive and time-consuming. Here are some things to consider:
So for all the benefits derived from a traditional intranet, they’re not perfect. Are there any better options for the modern workplace? Yes. There are 21st century employee platforms that address several of the problems some intranets create.
One of the drawbacks mentioned when discussing traditional intranets was that they can create silos, or stifle collaboration and communication between departments and teams. In contrast, many of today’s intranets or employee platforms have the opposite effect. Here are some examples:
Use an employee success platform to improve communication in the following ways:
By means of a variety of tools and features, an employee platform can facilitate collaboration and information sharing by:
If you’re looking to improve communication and collaboration by streamlining workflows and reducing inefficiencies, here are a few ways an employee platform can help:
Just like an old-school intranet, a modern employee platform is an excellent portal to information and resources. Here’s how:
If you’ve decided that your facility needs an employee platform, there are some things to think about before jumping in. Start with these:
As a healthcare provider, you’ll need to decide if you want an employee platform that will include compliance HIPPA, since not all platforms do.
Even without compliance, an employee platform is an excellent way to get your employees connected and keep them that way.
Implementing an employee platform within an organization can come with various challenges. Here are some of the most common along with mitigation strategies:
Intranets, especially the more modern employee platforms, can be beneficial to any organization, including healthcare.
Here’s a recap of some of the benefits we’ve discussed here:
A healthcare intranet can be a valuable tool that empowers healthcare organizations to adapt to their evolving landscape, improve patient care, and meet the demands of a rapidly changing industry. Its potential to bring together professionals and staff in a collaborative and efficient manner positions it as an essential asset to the sector.
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