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5 Tips for Better Brainstorming

Posted by Morgan Atkins on Feb 13, 2018 5:56:31 PM

By Morgan Atkins

Within healthcare organizations, teams are now a fundamental unit of organization. One study, published in The Harvard Business Review, found that ‘‘the time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has ballooned by 50 percent or more’’ over the last two decades and that more than three-quarters of an employee’s day is spent communicating with colleagues at many companies.

With the emphasis on teamwork, it’s important for the practices of these teams to be thoughtfully considered. Particularly, the common and important team effort of brainstorming new ideas together. “Studies show that people working in teams tend to achieve better results and report higher job satisfaction.” The New York Times Magazine reports. Knowing that, we wanted to discuss how brainstorming can be an effective team experience.

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Tags: strategic growth planning, strategic planning, growth planning, team, strategic growth plan, growth mindset, brainstorming

A Template for Strategic Growth Planning

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Feb 9, 2018 10:44:28 AM

By Lee Ann Lambdin and Monika O’Clair

Huggins Hospital: A Planning Success Story

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In 2017, Huggins Hospital had a fairly new leadership team and an outdated strategic plan. Given the ever-changing healthcare environment, their plan needed to be updated to reflect the new landscape.

Huggins realized it would be valuable to bring in an outside partnersomeone who could bring a fresh perspective and innovative ideasto guide them through the process. They were looking for a nimble planning process and techniques for seeking meaningful, diverse input into the strategic plan—all of which they found in their partnership with Stratasan.

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Tags: strategic growth, strategic growth planning, healthcare, healthcare strategic growth, service area growth, data analyst, healthcare analyst, success story

[VIDEO] Launch Pathway: Your Visual Intelligence Platform

Posted by Drake Jarman on Jan 31, 2018 9:22:21 AM

Year One in Review—A Highlight Reel of Launch Pathway’s Best Content

By Drake Jarman and Sean Conway

It’s been exactly one year since we debuted Launch Pathway on the Stratasan blog. With that anniversary in mind, we saw an opportunity to highlight some of our best content and insights from this first year. Additionally, we’ve created a video which summarizes Launch Pathway’s features and benefits, with a high level explanation of how this tool can revolutionize your strategic planning efforts.

Watch the video here.

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Tags: data visualization, launch pathway, reflections, video

Founder's Perspective: 3 Ways Our Company Culture Ensures “We’ll Figure It Out”

Posted by Brian Dailey on Jan 23, 2018 8:37:08 PM
By Brian Dailey

“We’ll figure it out.”

This is a phrase that has oft been uttered in the conference rooms and offices at Strasasan. Healthcare as an industry may have an image of being old and staid, but as we have discovered, there are new opportunities every day for creative solutions to shine. We have relied heavily on our team’s creativity and innovation (well described in another blog post by Morgan Atkins) to develop new tools and products to serve our customers.

Hence, in the last quarter of 2017, we recognized that this phrase is an important part of our company culture, making it one of our core values.

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Tags: growth, leadership, core values, founder's reflections, reflections, growth mindset

Recognize the Impact of Your Growth Strategies in Real Time

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Jan 17, 2018 10:49:16 AM

By Lee Ann LambdinTaylor Smith, and Jackie DeGroat

Why It’s Critical for Measuring Progress, Driving Growth, and Meeting Goals

A Playbook for Independent Hospitals and Small Health Systems

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Most marketing, strategic planning, and physician relations teams recognize the value of tracking the ROI of their outreach efforts, but it's challenging to do. This is especially true for independent hospitals and small health systems.

But for these smaller healthcare providers, it's especially important that they strategize and track success in tandem, because they don't have the money or bandwidth to duplicate efforts, nor the support of a corporate office or hospital support center.

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Tags: strategic growth, strategic growth planning, healthcare, healthcare strategic growth, analytics partner, healthcare service area, service area growth, data analyst, healthcare analyst

Fostering Innovation: Creating a Workplace Culture Open to Change

Posted by Morgan Atkins on Jan 9, 2018 3:19:16 PM

Practical Tips for Maintaining a Growth Mindset in your Organization

By Morgan Atkins

Stratasan understands how paramount change is to progress. We strive to be trailblazers in the healthcare space, developing innovative tools and services that address our clients' growth goals. The best way we can effectively lead our clients and provide value is by innovative thinking that challenges the status quo. Our goal is to empower our customers with the strategies that will equip them to more effectively face a challenging and ever-evolving healthcare industry.

At the heart of innovation is the ability to reframe your perspective. Henry Ford once said "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses." Often, the question itself limits what you think the possibilities are. If you have an open mind about the possibilities, you maximize your chances of building effective and unexpected solutions.

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Tags: strategic growth planning, strategic planning, strategy, growth, growth planning, healthcare strategy, working smarter, healthcare growth, healthcare trends, leadership, change, healthcare leadership, development, core values, hospital growth

12 Productivity Tips for Busy Healthcare Professionals

Posted by Lee Ann Lambdin on Jan 2, 2018 4:09:00 PM

Time is everything.

Regardless of the size of your organization or your position, it’s a reality in healthcare today that your job will require you to wear many hats and to work smarter, not harder. You may find yourself responsible for multiple departments or teams in several different locations. Maybe your organization has experienced a merger and you are now involved in marketing, business development, and strategic planning. Whatever the case may be, it’s critical now more than ever that you master the skills of productivity and time management, finding resourceful ways to be more effective with your limited time.

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Tags: Blog, strategic planning, health care, healthcare, healthcare professional, productivity, time management

Top 5 Most Popular Strategic Growth Blog Posts of 2017

Posted by Jennifer Keller on Dec 26, 2017 9:06:57 PM

We hope it’s been a wonderful year of growth and learning through Stratasan's Strategic Growth blog series. As we close out the year, we thought it would be helpful to share the 5 most popular blog posts from 2017. These posts received the most hits and seemed to provide the most helpful strategic growth guidance to you, our readers.

If you’re traveling over the holidays, this is a great way to review helpful blog posts that you may have missed or revisit your favorites for fresh insight.

 

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Tags: Blog, physician relations, strategic growth, health care, healthcare, healthcare marketing, healthcare strategic growth, marketing, software, healthcare service area, physician recrutiment, service area, 2017

Founder's Perspective: 2017 Reflections

Posted by Jason Moore on Dec 20, 2017 10:13:10 AM

By Jason Moore

2017 has been a banner year for Stratasan on many fronts. We are approaching our seven year anniversary on May 18 and our team continues to adapt and evolve as we prepare for our next stages of growth.

Some of the notable internal occurrences from this past year include: two employees (Jason Haley, Tony Camarata) celebrated their six year Strataversary; three employees (Dan Foreman, Lee Ann Lambdin, Morgan Atkins) celebrated their five year Strataversary; one new product was released (Launch Pathway); four children were born and/or adopted; we moved into a new office on April 1; we held a crock pot competition (Scott Burns was named the champion); we had zero unscheduled downtime (thanks to Marcus Young and our fantastic Dev team!!); and ten new Stratanauts joined our team. 

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Tags: growth, leadership, 2017, founder's reflections, reflections

Quiz: How Strong is your Data QA Process?

Posted by Haley Attridge on Dec 12, 2017 9:07:00 PM

How frequently do you QA your data? Do you check for discrepancies in your data? Do you have a standardized method for identifying outliers in your data?

The value of data-driven decision making may already be apparent to your team. Or, maybe you've never recognized how Data QA can improve your growth planning process. Either way, this quiz will provide valuable insight as to how well your team is doing. 

Take this short quiz and receive:

  • Immediate feedback as to how good your team is with Data QA
  • Tips and best practices for improving your Data QA process
  • Insights about the value of data-driven decision making
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Tags: data, data processing, healthcare data, data qa

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