Readiness Assessment

One of the first steps in undertaking a health IT implementation is the assessment of the readiness of the organization for that implementation. Readiness assessment addresses the organizational, structural, and human factors in an IT implementation. It questions whether the organization?s infrastructure is ready for the information system asking questions such as: Is Internet access sufficiently available in rural areas? What is the facility capacity to house the information system? as well as other questions. The readiness assessment also questions the preparation of the people in the organization, asking whether they are adaptable to change or understanding how computer literate are they may be. In this section, discussion of readiness assessment along with tools, guidelines and examples are offered.