Ryan is a heath care administrator for a large network of hospitals. As its mission, the hospital network seeks to promote health access in underserved communities and to engage in innovative population health management projects to support evidence-based practice. While both tenets of the hospital network’s mission are vast, Ryan is responsible for ensuring that each individual hospital within the network is achieving measurable goals for ongoing performance. In evaluating each hospital individually, Ryan finds that the majority of the hospitals are performing at a superior level in increasing health access in underserved communities. However, Ryan also finds that the majority of the hospitals are not demonstrating superior performance with ongoing population health management. Ryan has organized a task force to better determine new strategies to balance the two in hopes of moving the hospital network forward in the marketplace.
Health care administrators face many challenges when implementing strategies for and approaches to addressing multiple projects and the scope of health care delivery on a day-to-day basis. In upholding the mission of an HSO, health care administrators must also ensure that each project contributes to effectiveness without hindering or compromising performance. What approaches might health care administrators use to ensure that projects are appropriately managed? How might project management approaches differ among projects that aim to enhance performance for the HSO?
For this Discussion, consider the different types of project management approaches introduced in the Learning Resources for this week. Then, reflect on how you might implement these project management approaches as a current or future health care administrator. Consider how different project management approaches are more appropriate for some projects versus others in contributing to the value of an HSO.
Post by Day 3 a description of which types of project management approaches are used by your HSO or an HSO with which you are familiar. Then, explain the strengths and weaknesses of using these types of project management approaches in contributing value to the organization. Be specific and provide examples.
In case of meeting the challenges of the health care, the HSO can apply the traditional approach. Kerzner (2013) stated that traditional approach assumes the scopes and the goals of the project. This can remain constant until the project completes. However, HSO was the project manager and supervised the project plan. The project management approach has five steps such as project initiation, project planning and design, project monitoring and control, project execution and project completion. In the first step, the HSO made a plan of the project to overcome the challenges of health care organization. After that, the HSO executed and monitored the plan. We had to wait until the project was finished to get the result. After competition of the project, we got quite satisfactory result as we could overcome some of challenges.
Traditional project management approach has various strengths and weaknesses. The key strength of this approach is that it helped to face the health care challenges and overcome them for better outcome. This approach is not much expensive but quite expensive. Abdelhak, Grostick and Hanken (2014) suggested that before applying this approach, the project manager needs to do a research on it for the effective result. However, the traditional project approach is very time consuming therefore it had to wait for a long time to get the result. Moreover, there is no surety of the success of the approach. Hence, the project manager needs to have the challenging mentality to accept the failure.
Abdelhak, M., Grostick, S., & Hanken, M. A. (2014). Health information: management of a strategic resource. Elsevier Health Sciences.
Kerzner, H. (2013). Project management: a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling. John Wiley & Sons.
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