Systems for Healthcare System Development Life Cycle

Systems for Healthcare System Development Life Cycle

HI300: Information Technology and Systems for Health Care

Discussion Topic: The System Development Life Cycle

INSTRUCTIONS: Respond to all posts; response to classmates should be thoughtful and advance the discussion. Response should make and/or frequent informed references to unit material or scientific literature. Follow APA style if resources are used, 75 word minimum in response per post.



I am the chief information officer for a network of nursing homes in Vermont. We are looking to implement new information systems throughout each facility in order to boost employee productivity.

Before starting anything, we must come up with a “game plan”. Without creating a plan, we do not know where the problem is and what we will have to fix. Without this information, implementing a new system will be a waste. The planning phase includes everything from identifying the problem to what it will cost. All necessary information should be identified here.

Systems for Healthcare System Development Life Cycle

The next step is where the “How?” takes place. This is where solutions are brainstormed and decided upon. This is where the requirements for the new system. Will be decided upon and the best solution/system will be picked based on this.

Next, the design phase comes into play. This is when the team gets down to the nitty gritty to design the new system. All technical specifics and features will be decided here.

The development phase is when the system is actually “put together”. The programmer or network engineer will follow the design and create the program.

A quality assurance professional will then use this program, run tests to identify bugs or issues, and then approve it to be implemented.

The implementation phase is when installation occurs. Ridding the facility of the old system and installing the new one is an important step that could be complicated. For a facility that runs 24/7, the installation will need to occur preferably during night hours.

The last phase includes ongoing maintenance and updates.

Systems for Healthcare System Development Life Cycle

Some questions I’d ask myself include: Do we have the necessary resources to complete the change? Do we have the money to finance this change? What is wrong with the old system? What key components does the new system need to have? How will we train current employees?

~Deana Mattison~


My name is Kassandra I am the chief information officer for Rivers Medical Center. Our facility is in need of a new EMR system, starting these kinds of changes can be very complex. Starting a plan phase which starts with getting feedback from the staff and other companies, the way their projects are being carried out with success. The second phase would be to communicate with the IT department to see what the options are to develop. However the best system possible, especially to be cost effective and easier access for all the employees. A productive option would be to try different types of systems. Figure out which one works the best for everyone. Having staff try the options and outweigh the best, most cost effective ways to upgrade such systems.

Systems for Healthcare System Development Life Cycle

Another phase is the coding software,  consequently  just getting the program started can be the most difficult process in the seven phases. Having even the slightest problem or glitch in this system can destroy everything, making the process start all over again. If having to start the programming over it could result in loss of time, money and investors.

Having someone or another company invest, like stock holders a set back could put the company back millions. I believe making sure the IT programmers are very highly informed of what we want specifically and make sure they are dedicated to the project. This brings us to our sixth phase, deployment, this is where we show the investors and staff what we have developed hoping for no mistakes or errors. The final stage is the maintenance cycle, this is to maintain the features installed and make sure there is no margin of error.

~Kassandra Thurlow~

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