Agile clinic: Just a fashion trend – or a future-oriented model?

Agile collaboration is a complex and multifaceted task. For example, Mercedes management is introducing agile processes in all business units in order to become even more competitive. Many medium-sized companies already have implemented agile procedures, or at least are showing great interest to gather information about doing so. But can agile processes be transferred easily to a clinic?

It is clear that in a dynamic and complex economic world, rigid organizational structures no longer stand a chance. Flexibility is essential for survival in the face of ever changing requirements and conditions. This is where the concept of agility helps.

Hospitals also need to become agile in order to survive in the long term. Agility means first and foremost being mobile and highly flexible. There’s a need to adapt again and again to constantly changing requirements. In the context of the digital transformation – which is mentioned at all times when hospitals try to reorient – digital agility takes on a special meaning. Agility is a strategic and organizational principle. In the digitalized world, agility is increasingly seen as an important success factor for companies of all types and sizes. And this also applies to hospital operations.

According to a study by Hays, agile methods play a very important role – especially in digital projects. It appears that digital change is mainly blocked by “silo and competition thinking” of individual departments. And this is particularly the case in the healthcare sector. One solution could be so-called „digital agility“. It is clear that such methods are intended to reduce the complexity of digital transformation. In any case, it will be interesting to see how best practices in the hospital environment will evolve in this context.

It should also not be underestimated thate agile approaches make companies – clinics included – more attractive and interesting for new employees. Especially in today’s world, where every clinic is struggling to recruit specialists and nurses, this can be an important success factor. It is clear that agile collaboration is not something that you can just do like that. Above all it needs knowledgeable agile coaches, preferably with Scrum training and good qualities in moderating people and projects. It will be exciting to wait for that special moment when the first clinic will officially announce having transformed all processes to agile collaboration.

©, author: Frank Bergs