Have you thought about planning IT projects? If so, June and July are great months to get those started. In the South, school ends in May and may of the Doctors go on vacation in June. Because of this, your patient load may be a little smaller and let’s face it…it’s much easier to do an IT project when the providers are not trying to provide! In the North, school ends in late June so July is always a good time for the North to start planning IT projects.
Are you Planning IT Projects?
If you are not planning IT projects, you may not know what IT projects to plan. Server upgrades, migrations, email changes, security updates, etc. are all good IT changes that should be planned out before implemented. Every year, you should have a schedule of IT projects that you want to get implemented at some point. IT is constantly changing, so keeping up with the technology and stabilizing your network should be a constant consideration in your practice.
Not only should you plan projects to keep your software updated and network secured, you should consider a PC refresh plan. With the price of PC’s coming down over the years, it makes sense to keep them about 3 – 31/2 years, and refresh them on a regular basis. Why wait for the PC to crash and incur downtime? The best way to plan your PC refresh, is to purchase 2 or 3 each month. You don’t need to make a huge capital outlay. Tier3MD can also help you with this by providing financing if you prefer, or we can lease you new PC’s.
Another good reason for planning IT projects is for budgetary purposes. It’s always good to have an idea of what you are going to spend for the year. Some practices may be too small to do a major budget and get it approved by a committee, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t benefits to doing one! It’s really a good business practice.
If you need help planning IT projects for this summer, contact Tier3MD. We are happy to discuss all your IT needs and help you keep your practice safe!
Sheryl Cherico, CEO – Tier3MD is an IT support group for medical practices.