Automating processes at healthcare organization

Words by
Lorraine Wong
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August 31, 2022
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2
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How can we improve our processes so we are prepared for growth in the coming years?

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Customer

A professional organization supporting more than 40,000 healthcare practitioners across the province British Columbia, acts on behalf of its members to advance the profession and influence health and social policy.

The organization has been tasked by the government with administering funding to support its members in professional development through 4 programs.

Situation

The team to administer these programs consisted only of 4 people. In the initial years of the first program, the team developed a process that relied largely on manual copy and paste of data from member applications for the funding.The process and tools involved:

  • Webform to collect applications
  • Manual saving of application form to cloud storage
  • Manual input of application data to Excel
  • Manual input of application data to Word
  • Many emails within the team to resolve issues
  • Different ways to communicate (e.g. email, phone, Teams) made it hard to track conversations relating to an application

The process was susceptible to errors from manual data input. The customer recognized that the process was inefficient and not scalable as the volume of work was expected to grow.

Project Goals

Our team was asked to assist this organization to identify ways to improve the process.

  1. Re-design the processes so they can be more efficient, automated and scalable
  2. Build the tool that can be used by the team to support these processes
  3. Train the users on the new process and tools
  4. Provide support after go-live

Impact & Results

Over 3 months, we redesigned the process with clear roles, the tasks performed by each person and the tools used. It was decided that Airtable would be used to support the process, and be integrated with other critical applications including SharePoint and QuickBooks.

  1. Reduced manual data entry/effort
  2. Eliminated data redundancy
  3. Enforced data integrity
  4. Single source of truth
Lorraine Wong
Founder @ Cue North, Alum of Deloitte, PwC, Ivey

Helping leaders build great organizations through processes and powerful digital experiences; 20+ years experience

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