by Technology Policy & Projects and Communications staff
This is the second article in a three-part series on automating a psychology practice. The first article discussed the benefits of automating routine administrative functions in a practice. This article explains how to identify the technology tools you need to run your practice in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The third article will provide sample technology configurations for various kinds of practices.
When it comes to automating a psychology practice, a common concern raised by practitioners is, "How do I decide what technology tools I need? How can I avoid getting more than I need?" To answer these questions, start by conducting a technology needs assessment.
This article explains how to conduct a technology needs assessment to identify computer hardware and software tools to automate your particular practice.
Conducting a technology needs assessment involves looking at several factors, including:
How information is used in your practice, and the way that you manage that information.
The goals outlined in your business plan
Available technology-based solutions
Your available resources, which includes your current technology infrastructure and your technology budget.
The goal of the needs assessment is to develop a cost-effective technology plan for your business that meets your current needs and creates or accommodates new opportunities to make your practice more efficient and effective.