Covenant HealthCare knew their IT department needed a better way to manage tickets and projects as the technology needs of employees, doctors, nurses and patients continue to evolve and grow, so they turned to TeamDynamix for help.
Covenant has been able to support the growing digital demands of healthcare. They are now over 90 percent fully electronic in their processes and using technology like TeamDynamix to fine-tune processes and improve the end-user experience.
“I believe the IT Department has done a successful job implementing a project when we can improve the efficiencies for our end-users and anytime that we can save them clicks, save them time, give them more time with their patients at the bedside I think is a big win for us,” Tyler Lamber, Program Administrator for Community Connect at Covenant Health, said.
Frank Fear, CIO at Covenant, recognized a change was needed as the tech expectations within healthcare started to shift, “Our patients expect technology. They expect certain things like virtual visits, they expect to be able to message their providers and they expect to be able to schedule an appointment online and not have to call a provider to make that appointment.”
And it’s not just the patients who expect technology. “IT moved from being something that helped the back-office employees, to something that’s involved in everyone’s job all the time,” Raymond Hall, Technology Manager at Covenant Health, said. “In healthcare, they need quick, fast access – like they’re running a kiosk or at a checkout line – but the amount of data, and the sophistication of the data, they need is the equivalent of someone sitting down to do a research paper. They’re asking to see a patient’s chart and an x-ray and all of this information, and they want to be able to get to that workstation and see it like that.”
For Fear, he needs the same level of data and sophistication but instead of patient information, he’s looking at the inner workings of the entire IT organization and all of the projects, tickets and requests that come in and out to support the network.
Fear said he also uses the dashboards in daily huddles with his team to set priorities and see what needs to be done, “I can report on our key strategic projects and see which project requests are coming in and be able to report status on those very cleanly and clearly through dashboards. I’m able to communicate to the organization the value that all these IT dollars are delivering.”
Hall said there’s been value in both the dashboards and daily scorecards Covenant uses by pulling data from TeamDynamix, “Once they saw the scorecards the team responded [by driving] the number of open tickets down. They’re paying attention to how many tickets they are closing a day and utilizing tasks and tickets to help determine their workload.”
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