Clinical and administrative teams now communicate better
and work smarter after Google Workspace transformation
The move has made Hurley Medical Center one of the first hospitals to elevate to the next level of productivity, collaboration, efficiency and success through Google Worksapce.
Workplace cloud collaboration has become more than a buzzword at Hurley Medical Center. It’s a way of life after the center’s employees, both administrative and clinical, needed a change in how they worked and communicated. The system they were using just didn’t give them what they needed.
Leaders in both areas agreed they wanted to leave the Flint, Michigan-based hospital’s legacy, on-premise Microsoft Office environment behind. Why? They wanted to boost productivity, collaboration and efficiency across the organization. And...they wanted to go paperless to stay in step with today's Electronic Medical Record (EMR) adoption model.
Hurley's CIO Casey Bryson led the dynamic team that was responsible for this massive workplace transformation to a cloud-first workplace at the hospital.
“Our technical and security teams sought a better solution to our Microsoft platform for many reasons,” Bryson explained. “It was time-consuming to manage and keep updated and secure. And it hindered, rather than helped, organization-wide productivity.”
In a field where many health organizations still cling to antiquated IT methodology, Bryson and his team knew they also wanted the medical center to lead the way in transforming the way hospitals work.
Hurley implemented EMR adoption several years ago in a move to cut costs, streamline operations and maximize its data so it could improve patient safety and outcomes. Only 6.4 percent of U.S. hospitals have achieved the highest level (stage 7) of this adoption, and Hurley is one of them.
With an increased focus on digital data and EMRs, the need for a better computing environment that would effortlessly and securely support this model quickly became apparent to Hurley’s leadership. Hospital officials knew they needed to move away from an on-premise environment and adopt a cloud computing model to foster a paperless environment and increase workplace productivity. And they wanted to do it quickly.
Onix, with the help of partner Google Cloud, stepped up and implemented two days of immersive discovery workshops across all departments to determine what solution would put Hurley Medical Center on this trajectory.
During the process, the Onix team looked at end-user activity to determine how teams functioned within the existing Microsoft platform and examined the technology barriers they encountered both in the office and when working remotely. This included everything from scheduling to data sharing to collaboration to communication.
The team also walked Hurley’s executives through the distinct benefits of Going Google over Microsoft.
“We said, ‘Show us how you work today, and we’ll show you how we can re-engineer those business processes and workflows using Google productivity tools to make your life that much easier and give you the flexibility, productivity and mobility that you’re looking for,’” said Onix Account Manager, George Shihadeh. “That really struck a chord and generated some great feedback during the sessions.”
At the end of this intensive evaluation period, all signs pointed to Google Workspace (formerly G Suite). Hurley’s leadership understood they could quickly realize the return on investment when they opted to Go Google and move off the Microsoft environment.
They would eliminate thousands of dollars in licensing fees by moving to the cloud while changing the way they worked for the better.
Hurley chose to implement Google Workspace for 3,700 users organization-wide. Hurley, Onix and Google solidified the partnership in late 2017 and launched the project in January 2018. Onix and Hurley worked together to deploy Google Workspace in less than four months, bringing all sides of the business, the IT and medical teams together through technology.
Case in point: as Google Cloud recently reported, the workplace cloud collaboration solution has improved scheduling efficiencies across all Hurley Medical Center departments, saving supervisors up to 30 minutes each day.
How? Instead of using the former on-premise spreadsheet program to manage staff scheduling, teams now use Google Sheets that automatically populate with shared Google Calendars to show when employees are available.
This system also allows inpatients who have testing or rehab sessions to see when they are scheduled on a 75-inch monitor that uses Google Chrome Sign Builder, a free signage app, to display content from a Chromebook or other Chrome device in the back office.
Migrating to Google Workspace reduced time and costs that come with managing complicated legacy licensing and also boosted security for sensitive data. At Hurley, the move to Google Workspace means the hospital can continue to deliver high-quality healthcare, bolstered by the latest technologies in its state-of-the art facilities.
“We eliminated the need to manage Microsoft Exchange locally, which was antiquated and a burden on our technical and security teams,” Bryson said. “The move has made Hurley Medical Center one of the first hospitals to securely elevate to the next level of productivity, collaboration, efficiency and success through Google Workspace.”