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Projects within the healthcare sector can be large or small involving one or more persons. Depending on the project it can take days, months or a year to complete. Below are examples of projects in various contexts.  From the examples of projects list in the healthcare industry, you are to do to the following:

  • Choose a healthcare project example, answer and discuss the following: 
    • Who are the key participants?
    • What are the expected key outcomes and benefits of the project?
    • What are the resources needed?
    • Timeline for implementation?
    • What are possible risks associated with the project?

(Use the key phases of project management as a guideline)

  • Assume that the project has an expected total duration of 25 days, but several optimistic employees feel that it can be completed in as little as 18 days, while others expect it to take nearly 40 days.Using program evaluations and review technique calculations, what is the project duration to be used in project Gantt charts and other tracking tools? (This is hypothetical for any of the projects)

Health Care Project Management Topics in Various Contexts

  1. Patient/Health Consumer Level
    • A family makes modifications to their home to accommodate a handicapped family member
    • A diabetic initiates a structured self-management program
  2. Sole Providers and Physician Groups
    • A physician’s office implements an electronic health record system
    • A physician group modifies it billing system to meet revised International Classification of Diseases (ICD) code sets used to report diagnoses and inpatient procedures
  3. Community Clinics
    • A community health centers brings federally certified moderate complexity lab testing in house to expedite access to test results and minimize the cost of lab testing for uninsured patients
    • Hospital/ Hospital Departments: 
      • A community hospital launches a women’s healthcare service line
      • A university hospital designs and constructs a new neurology clinic
      • A hospital develops a physician evaluation program in alignment with new standards
      • An emergency department develops a formal process for notifying patients of sexually transmitted disease test results in advance of Department of Health notification
      • A hospital develops a program to reduce readmission rates by identifying and monitoring high-risk patient discharges
  4. Health Networks
    • A collection of health care providers forms an accountable care organization
    • A hospital network begins a telemedicine service
    • Health Research:
      • A research team performs an evaluation of a state health information exchange 
      • A cancer center develops an internship program for pre-med students to assist with research studies
      • A software company develops a smart phone application to assist diabetics with self-management
      • A team of medical researchers conducts a clinical trial of a new medical device
  5. Payers
    • A health insurance company establishes a medical call center and Web site to help subscribers make decisions regarding medical care options
  6. Government and Public Health
    • A developing country’s health department launches a maternal and child wellness program
    • The state public health department develops and launches an immunization campaign
    • A local health agency works with the public health department to develop an educational course to train the public health workforce and other first responders to improve their capacity to respond and provide essential services for natural disasters and bio-terrorists situations
  7. Not for Profit/Community Health
    • A medically supervised camp program for overweight adolescents creates a summer program
    • A not-for-profit hospital conducts a community assessment to determine how to target community benefit activities
    • A tobacco control charity designs and executes a smoking cessation campaign
    • A kidney disease foundation holds a 10K race event
    • A health research funding agency designs and launches a new grant program
  8. Healthcare Vendor/Consulting/Auditing
    • A consulting company designs and implements a dashboard form a hospital to evaluate status and results by department
    • A medical supply and distribution company installs new distribution software that will facilitate just in time inventory levels
    • An audit team conducts an audit of a health organization
    • A health care consulting company develops a workforce needs assessment tool that hospitals use to optimize and plan for clinical workforce needs

(Swhalbe, 2013, An Introduction to Project Health Management)


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