Ina health institution where the objective is to increase efficiencyand productivity, the department of management engineering is animperative arm. The department looks at the benefits that accruefrom the use of technology and other systems in the institution andpoints out the various aspects that do not work towards achieving thegoals. The staff also manages score cards and as well benchmarkingprocess.
Beforemanagers can constitute a management engineering team, they shouldconsider several factors. First is the education and training of theproject team members. Many institutions of higher education have notinstituted the appropriate learning systems for this specific task.Constituting a poorly trained team will lead to poor quality of work(Ozcan & Hornby, 1999).
Secondly,the management should consider the nature and number of tasks goingdirectly to this department. According to HIMSS, the departmentmainly focuses on information technology. However, its roles may beincreased, and this will determine the number of people who come onboard. Lastly, when staffing the department, the management shouldidentify the specific activities, and the skills required so thatthey can have a comprehensive team with diverse skills (Ozcan &Hornby, 1999). An increased number of activities would call for anincrease the number of skills, and this would instigate the hiring ofextra skills if a gap shows. The main factors that determine theworkload stander of the department are staff utilization and patientsatisfaction (Wang et al., 2012).These factors dictate the number ofstaff in the department as well as the specialized skills.
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