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Healthcare Project Management: Patient Care Project Initiation

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Let's get started ...and get a patient's project initiated! Lacking a standardized approach to initiating a project can lend itself to confusion and a build of unrealistic expectations that is detrimental to the desired outcome of the project.  A case of patient care is no different. A formal  initiation is needed for a detailed planning, setting of control points and above all getting all the stakeholders on the same page.

A patient’s project is initiated with the need and desire to get better or, in some instances, planned visits to a physician’s office for a wellness and preventive health check up. Let's see a few examples

  • Customer request - Example of a need to get better is an episode of the common cold or flu that can necessitate medical intervention (an immunization visit to a physician is an example of a preventive health check up). The patient care need for the preventive shot (as mentioned above) can be seen as a type of customer request that initiates the project. 
  • A regulatory need - The pulse polio program by the Government of India is another example of project initiation in which the project is authorized to meet a regulatory demand. According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), India remains a polio-endemic country along with four other polio-endemic countries around the world. In accordance with the World Health Assembly resolution of 1988 to eradicate polio, the Government of India launched the pulse polio immunization project in 1995-1996. The immunization project aims at immunizing all children under the age of five years with two drops of oral polio vaccine on specified dates in a month. This project has helped reduce the cases of polio in India and globally.

Creating an initial expectation document that includes patient's details such as finings, assessment, plan of care, high-level milestones of lab/physical examination findings, funding sources and constraints, care continuum details, high-level risks and roles and responsibilities of those involved inc are key details that can help set this initiation on track. The nature of project initiation has a significant bearing on the subsequent activities that can follow.

The eventual outcome of the patient’s disease management depends on a good understanding of the context in which the project of patient care is initiated.

More to stay tuned!

Look forward to meeting you all and talking to you ….will be glad to share my thoughts and clarify your questions on this confluence domain. Meet me at the Global Congress Solutions Center in San Diego (25th – 27th September 2016). Can make it? Find the information on the sessions as well as sign up to ask questions

Posted by Deepa Bhide on: September 16, 2016 12:55 PM | Permalink

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Interesting. Thanks

Very nice blog! I remember when I was 8 or 9 getting a sugar cube that has Polio Vaccine on it. It didn't matter to me what it had -- it was a chance to eat a sugar cube!!!

A kid down the street from us had Polio. A horrible thing, and (now) easily preventable.

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