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What project management tools might be helpful?

Project management is a set of principles that will support management of a project. Putting project management processes and tools in place is essential to ensuring that project managers and team members perform their roles and responsibilities effectively. Tools and methodologies used in the initiation stage are the Project Charter, Business Plan, Project Framework, Business Case Justification, and Milestones Reviews. For ongoing project management, GANTT charts should also be developed to keep project staff on track.


With the increasing complexity of clinical system implementations, the need for well trained, skilled project managers continues to increase. While it is not imperative that all projects be managed by formally trained project managers, the need for experienced project management becomes a critical component to ensure success of the project as organizations go down the path of implementing complex technologies. Health centers interested in sending staff for project management training look to organizations, such as the Project Management Institute. There are also a variety of different project management certification credentials that one can pursue.

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