Check Off the Boxes: Tips for Assessing a Medical Research Platform

Research | April 24, 2017

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When evaluating a medical research platform that satisfies your entire hospital’s needs, a lot of questions and concerns pop up. Use this checklist to arrive at the best decision for your specific needs.

UNDERSTAND the Return on Your Investment

Examine the return on your investments through the lens of cost and time. Evaluate your paid resources. What does usage look like for them? Which resources do your feel are impactful, but are perhaps being underutilized due to lack of exposure and visibility? The use of a medical research platform may bring these critical resources to light for your users and help increase usage. You’ll also want to investigate the aspect of time. How much time on average are your clinicians and researchers spending on a typical search for information? If users are finding the information they need quickly, they are more likely to use your platform again and again and recommend it to others.

THINK About Where You Came from and Where You Are Going

How important is it for you to have a tool that can evolve and flex with your hospital? Each hospital is different, and for most a one-size-fits-all approach will not work. Think about where you came from when it comes to your information resources and research and where you believe your hospital will go in the future. Chances are you will need a platform that can be extensible and flexible down the road. Remember your existing platform may be working for you right now, but does it have the ability to evolve?

PLAN for Training and Roll-Out

You have enough work on your plate as it is. Creating a training schedule, promoting your new platform and training schedule and conducting trainings take away from your focus. Working with a vendor who can help facilitate trainings and provide you with support to promote your new platform will help you get back to what you need to do.

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