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24
Feb 2014

Transforming Healthcare through IT at HIMSS 2014

Account Executive Stephanie Imberman and I are at the HIMSS 2014 conference in Orlando all this week. This is our first time as an exhibitor at HIMSS and we’re excited to get started and had a great time getting set up and ready to go. 

Account executive Stephanie Imberman at HIMSS 2014

Stephanie ready to talk Sharepoint and make connections

The HIMSS slogan is “Transforming Healthcare Through IT”, which our AVID team loved! We’re excited to talk about our award-winning SharePoint solutions and IT strategy.

Keep an eye out for updates, and keep up with us during the conference to hear about the great health IT conversations we have while we’re here. Make sure to follow @AVIDDesign on Twitter  and don’t forget to tag #HIMSS14

 

AVID Design offers full-scale written and visual communication services for hospitals and healthcare systems, including SharePointWeb designSEO and PPC content development and assessmentonline video and rich mediaanalytics and measurementcontent management systems and more.


Tom Brand | Executive Director | AVID Design 

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28
Mar 2013

SharePoint Insight

Please take a minute to check out AVID Design’s Director of Web Development, Keir Bradshaw’s new article about SharePoint in the Healthcare industry in eHealthcare Strategy and Trends. The article, “SharePoint – The Real Opportunities for Healthcare” discusses the evolution of SharePoint in the healthcare industry, the advantages and disadvantages of SharePoint, and how to make the right choices when it comes to implementing SharePoint for your hospital or healthcare organization.

Is your organization considering turning to SharePoint? What challenges do you feel you’re facing when it comes to implementation or strategy?

AVID Design offers full-scale written and visual communication services for hospitals and healthcare systems, including SharePointWeb designSEO and PPC content development and assessmentonline video and rich mediaanalytics and measurementcontent management systems and more.


Dani Robinson Holland | Content and SEO Specialist | AVID Design

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12
Sep 2012

SharePoint® – from Vanilla to Rocky Road and Everything in Between

When people call something vanilla, it’s sort of a misnomer. They think vanilla is boring, but it’s really a complex, layered compound and highly useful for improving the flavor of many things (cakes, ice cream, chocolate, etc.). Keeping that in mind, calling out-of-box SharePoint vanilla is not only accurate, but it’s also a compliment.

SharePoint Vanilla is a complex, powerful tool right away. It can be a highly useful platform for internal and public content management and communication. However, most hospitals and healthcare organizations need specialized tools and customization in addition to what’s available with SharePoint Vanilla (this is where those metaphorical chocolate chips and marshmallows come in).

Customization can range from specialized architecture to branding to applications and tools built specifically for the healthcare industry.

There are five basic principles of customization for a SharePoint site:

  1. Look and Feel – The appearance of your SharePoint environment is important, whether it is a public facing website or an internal employee portal. A customized look and feel increases user adoption and makes your content complement your hospital’s image. Look and Feel customizations can include color scheme and graphics, page layout, and site navigation. There is no longer any reason your SharePoint environment can’t look exactly how you want it to.
  2. Customization to Core SharePoint Functionality – These changes are made to the way SharePoint’s basic functions work rather than using add-ons or tools. For example, we had a client with a public facing SharePoint environment. SharePoint doesn’t really come with some of the web functionality necessary for populating pages with metadata (the title, description, and keyword list that users don’t necessarily see but that search engine spiders crawl). We made some code changes to the pages, making it easy for the client to add their metadata and improve their SEO practices.
  3. Application Integration – Sometimes customization is more involved than changes to SharePoint. Many hospitals and healthcare organizations need to be able to integrate information from their SharePoint environment into other programs or databases, like their electronic medical records (EMRs), or they need their existing tools like a Physician Directory, to display and work with their SharePoint site.
  4. Custom Tools and Applications – Custom tools can be built to function directly or be connected directly to a SharePoint environment. Form management tools, custom directories, and communication tools often fall under this category. One of the tools we built for a client was an application which allowed employees to submit ideas that could save the organization money. Tools like these make a SharePoint environment more interactive and content more accessible to your users.
  5. SharePoint Governance Strategy – Having a strong SharePoint governance strategy (i.e., structure, security and permissions, site growth, etc.), tailored to your organization, from Day 1 is the key to creating a manageable SharePoint environment for the long term. It may seem overwhelming to plan and deploy SharePoint Vanilla short term, but if the environment is created without a governance strategy, it can turn into anarchy as your site develops and user adoption grows.

SharePoint Vanilla is an extremely robust content management system, but with a little help, it can become a branded, interactive web environment that fits the precise needs of a hospital or healthcare system.

AVID Design offers full-scale written and visual communication services for hospitals and healthcare systems, including SharePointWeb designSEO and PPC content development and assessmentonline video and rich mediaanalytics and measurementcontent management systems and more.


Keir Bradshaw | Director of Web Development | AVID Design

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12
Mar 2012

SharePoint Development at AVID Design

As a leader in hospital SharePoint™ Development, AVID Design is gearing up to implement some exciting new features specifically for healthcare systems that use SharePoint™ for their intranets or public facing websites.

So we offer these strategic considerations about SharePoint™, and what it means for healthcare organizations, on how your SharePoint™ environment can become a successful, thriving interactive environment.

  1. Have a strong SharePoint™ strategy in place from the beginning. SharePoint™ experts everywhere will tell you that the best way to achieve a successful SharePoint™ environment is to have a strategy that takes into account content, usability, growth, and business goals for the site. Also consider your branding and marketing. After all, whether it’s internal or public, it’s a reflection of your hospital and healthcare system.
  2. Our most critical piece of advice is to start your hospital’s SharePoint™ project knowing that it’s going to get bigger and it’s going to need more than one person to manage it. This is not just on an IT level. It’s more about knowing that as your healthcare organization adopts the SharePoint™ environment, you will need administrators to help keep things in order. I’ve never heard of a SharePoint™ environment that could be managed completely by one person.
  3. The biggest issue we encounter is that hospital and healthcare SharePoint™ environments end up with more users than had been originally anticipated, which is why we always recommend going through a strategic planning process first. If you started your SharePoint™ environment and now it’s turning into a marginally domesticated beast, don’t panic. This is when it’s time to go back to the strategy discussed earlier and work together with an expert in SharePoint™ healthcare development to decide what steps you can take to make your environment work.
  4. SharePoint™ isn’t what it used to be. We know what SharePoint™ was like in its 2003 and 2007 versions. In SharePoint™ 2010, your environment doesn’t have to look like an Office product. With the API ribbon, SharePoint™ Designer, Visual Studio, and some professional hospital Web design help, your SharePoint™ environment can be customized just like any other website. If you already have an older version SharePoint environment, AVID Design can help your organization weigh the benefits of upgrading to SharePoint™ 2010.
  5. SharePoint™ is all about usability. Just like any other website, the whole purpose of SharePoint™ is to make your organization’s information available to the right people. One of the AVID Design mantras is, “Content is King.” SharePoint™ 2010 makes it easy not just to upload documents, but also to create pages and edit content by using the Wiki function. It’s easy to add and edit content, images, and links to a page, so you can put up-to-date, interactive information on your pages almost as easily as editing a Word document.

AVID Design offers full-scale written and visual communication services for hospitals and healthcare systems, including Web designSEO and PPC content development and assessment, online video and rich media, analytics and measurement, content management systems and more.


Keir Bradshaw | Director of Web Development | AVID Design

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