What are you doing to ring in the New Year?

As the bustle of the holiday season slows its pace and we prepare to close the book on 2013, we want to express our gratitude to our loyal readers and extend a heartfelt wish to everyone for a happy, healthy, and peaceful 2014. 

Now is the time that most people choose to ring in the New Year with an eye to the future.  Personally, many of us tend to use this occasion to make resolutions.  You know, those promises we make to ourselves that are designed to change our lives.  We are resolved to watch our diets, dedicate more time to exercise, and set strict spending limits to try to get out of debt.  These are all admirable goals and, for some, the motivation we need to make a change.  Organizations and businesses really need to follow the same path.  This is a time to do some serious reflection on where deficiencies exist and where there is room for improvement within your company.  Agencies should chart a course of meaningful improvement, commit to a plan, and resolve to change in the upcoming year.  To aid in these efforts, we invite readers to consider the following important resolutions for 2014

  • “Bring Your Own Device” or BYOD policies will be a priority and we will either create an internal policy to police personal devices or review our existing policies.
  • We will develop a disaster plan or tweak our existing plan to ensure we have adequately addressed both the needs of our organization, our employees, and more importantly our patients.  With that, 2014 will also be the year when announced and unannounced drills will be carried out as a further guarantee we are prepared for an emergency.
  • We will take steps to perform a risk assessment in 2014…even if we’ve already gone through the process in the past.  We will also guarantee an encryption solution is in use for all of our equipment.  Ultimately, we know it is always important to prevent data breaches and secure patient data and our internal infrastructure.
  • Password Management will be a priority in 2014.  We will remind our users to remain mindful of the need to use strong passwords and to keep those passwords secure.  More importantly, if possible, we’ll take internal steps to configure stronger password guidelines forcing users to adhere to these policies.
  • This will be the year that we strive toward greater interoperability with providers and use technology to exchange more timely patient information.
  • We will spend 2014 making sure we are recognizing the efforts of the women and men dedicating their time and talent to caring for those needing special care within our communities.

Clearly, this is a fairly healthy list of must-dos for 2014.  Fitting these items into your “To Do Lists” may prove to be a challenge.  Many find their personal efforts to focus on their resolutions for weight loss and debt reduction are difficult to follow.  However, these company goals are extremely important to the wellbeing of your company and your patients.  Unlike our personal resolutions, these are goals that cannot fall by the wayside or be put off for the future.  So, as you toast in the new year, remember that now is the time to reflect on the past, assess the present, and plan for the future with these and other important resolutions.  Make 2014 the year when you achieve your goals!

Happy New Year from your friends at Thornberry Ltd.