May 03

The Lucro Brainpower: An Update On Our Project Spread

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Hi friends & followers!

We managed over 180 vendor selection projects on our platform in the the past year (Q1 2017- Q1 2018). Our projects ranged considerably - from Analytics to Virtual Reality (someone create a project that starts with Z!). Healthcare organizations were overwhelmingly looking for new ways to improve care, cut costs, and streamline operations. Here’s a breakdown of the categories of projects that appeared in Lucro over the last year and a half:

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Apr 06

Shackled to Spreadsheets: The Growing Costs of Healthcare RFPs

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Healthcare is notorious for long, crawling purchase cycles, and no process better demonstrates that than an “RFP.” Used to compare and evaluate vendor products, this approach was once the gold standard for vendor diligence, but it has come at a price, specifically limiting organizations’ ability to innovate and see faster returns on their purchases.

Speed Up Your RFP Process to Deliver a Solution More Rapidly

Most organizations use a Request for Proposal (RFP) as part of a selection process to solicit vendors for products or services. Historically, this questionnaire format helped organizations manage the complexity of the products evaluated, ensure that a vendor can fulfill its promises, and document the diligence necessary to purchase goods. RFPs assemble needs from various departments into requirements, usually compiled in a spreadsheet, and are sent to Vendors to respond. Vendors document their capability to meet those requirements, from which a project owner or selection committee selects the best solution for their need.

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Feb 10

Stop Dreading Team Purchasing Decisions

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I heard a story last week that instantly took me back to my consulting days. Picture this: a fully staffed Command Center. Upwards of 2,000 support tickets logged; over 1,200 closed. Training support onsite for 300 ambulatory locations. A big bang Go Live that was meticulously built and planned for over a year. All 8,000 providers launched into the black hole of a new electronic medical record system.

It’s a big deal and comes with a big price tag. And it should, right? Digitizing the entire medical record for all of an organization's patients is a necessary evil in today’s world that has far reaching tendrils that impact all integrations, medical devices, third party vendors, providers (internally and externally), and most importantly - patients. You need to be confident you partnered with the right vendor long before Go Live.

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Jan 11

The Lucro Brainpower: Our Healthcare Provider and Project Spread for 2017

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Hi, Denise here. My team is responsible for all of our provider and vendor engagement and Lucro project management. We’ve had a heck of a year at Lucro, and there are some incredible projects to highlight and reflect back on the 2017 trends.

If you’ve been following our story, we’ve been live for General Availability since February 2017 after launching at HIMSS. We have bright, innovative, hard working healthcare partners using Lucro today. They’ve helped us to build a product that allows for an end-to-end vendor selection - all from the your own chair online. If you’re like them and need help with a purchasing decision, sign up on our website to manage your own vendor selection in an easy 3-step process. 

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Dec 13

Top 5 Mistakes Made During Vendor Selection and RFPs

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The pressure is on. You better make sure your selected vendor is top-notch, has incredible onboarding, works with you to ensure a timely implementation, and doesn’t rob you blind. After going through this process with several marketing automation tools, I’ve experienced first-hand the biggest pitfalls of vendor selection. I’ll let you learn from my mistakes, so you don’t have to make them, too.

  1. 1. Assuming you know all the players

Of course you know most of the big players in the market for your project or initiative - but what about those new, innovative companies who have created products better suited for the future, or those partners you already work with who have another product line (that you don’t know about)?

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Nov 29

How Do You Distinguish a Vendor from a Partner?

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Finding a Partner, Not Just a Vendor

Aligning a vendor with your organization is critical for forming a successful partnership that will ensure your business objectives are met. Depending on your organizational needs, qualifying questions can help you get your list down to better vendor partners earlier, before heading into the full “requirements gathering” phase of your project. This will dramatically reduce the amount of time communicating, evaluating, and showcasing vendors - making your whole process more efficient.

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Nov 21

Why Healthcare Organizations Take So Long to Make Buying Decisions and How We Can Fix It (Part 4 of 4 - Process) (HIStalk)

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(as seen in HIStalk Reader's Write on November 15, 2017)

We have previously discussed the impact of organizational misalignment and lack of trust on slowing the buying cycle in healthcare. Once you decide which projects are worth tackling and you streamline getting the scoop from your trusted network, now you must challenge and simplify the deeply-rooted, legacy workflow to make a decision.

Let’s illustrate two examples of antiquated steps in most every vendor selection process in healthcare and discuss potential solutions.

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Nov 14

A New Model for Achieving "System-ness": Streamlining across the Modern Health System

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Processes Inside Today's Health Systems

The heartbeat of any sprawling, large healthcare organization is the pace of its own internal operations. How rapidly and effectively does a health system detect problems and opportunities? Collect intelligence, analyze and communicate patterns, and act?

These are tough questions, in an era when many health systems are in some degree of turmoil as they expand, integrate new partners, and face troubling uncertainty in payment systems. Internal operations are strained, and operational leaders are pushed to stay ahead of these escalating demands.

The larger our organizations grow, and the faster they have to move in the market and in their internal operations, the more important these abilities to sense, decide and act become. This can feel like an enormous contradiction.

How do you achieve “system-ness” across a disparate group of hospitals and physician practices, really understand the problems they face, get smart contributions to finding the right solutions, and ensure broad buy-in and support for accelerated implementation?

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