Between government-driven reforms, the rise of big data, and the push towards Electronic Medical Record (EMR) adoption – all along the backdrop of increasing costs – the healthcare industry is facing an era of unprecedented changes. Although each organization has its own strategy for working through these challenges and working towards its mission, a common element throughout healthcare is the importance of knowledge, information, and data.
Even so, few healthcare organizations have a knowledge management strategy or an intentional approach to supporting the knowledge lifecycle: capturing; describing; organizing; sharing; and maximizing the re-use, adoption, adaptation, and application of knowledge.
In today’s increasingly complex environment, it is critical for organizations to make the most of their internal knowledge in order to offer the best possible health care, achieve operational excellence, spark innovation, and meet or exceed stakeholders’ needs. Consistent, systematic knowledge management practices can help organizations achieve these goals.Why Knowledge Management?
KM in Healthcare in Action: Learn more through one case study, “Strategic Expansion of Analytics Capacity through Knowledge Management,” presented at the HIMSS 2014 conference.
Knowledge Management can provide a framework for your organization to:
- Reduce duplication of efforts
- Improve collaboration across silos
- Diffuse knowledge of best practices throughout the organization
- Identify gaps in knowledge, expertise, and know-how
- Understand how knowledge is re-used, applied, adapted
- Cut down on ‘reinventing the wheel’
- Bring new staff members up to speed faster
- Use KM to help achieve the ‘Triple Aim’ of improved patient care, improved health of populations, and reduced cost of healthcare