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Onboarding Overview

Onboarding new employees is the process by which new employees get acclimated to their new job and ramp up to full capacity within that job. This is typically a multi-pronged approach as new employees have to be oriented to the unique culture of your health center, plus they have to learn the specialized skills, knowledge and behaviors expected to fulfill their particular responsibilities.  This is especially challenging for Health IT and Quality staff because they work on their own as well as working collaboratively with staff across the health center in a number of capacities. Their orientation is therefore essential to providing high quality services to the whole health center.

It is important to give new Health IT and Quality employees as much support as possible to ensure that they adjust to their new job and start adding value as quickly as possible. Besides the general best practices of ensuring that all standard first day bases are covered, each specific department should have their own onboarding mechanisms. Listed in this section are two such resources for Health IT and Quality staff, in particular.

Health IT & QI Workforce Development Onboarding
Quality Improvement Specialist Monthly Calendar

Quality Improvement Specialist Monthly Calendar

Sample of a Monthly Task Calendar

This calendar is a sample tool to be used internally to promote data reporting consistency and clarity on data/ quality improvement specialist deliverable expectations. The times in parentheses not only allow for scheduling issues, but can help identify opportunities for improvement in reporting efficiency. This was shared by an FQHC, so some aspects may already work for you, but you are encouraged to edit or make your own version for use in your health center.

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Acknowledgements

This resource collection was compiled by the HITEQ staff with portions contributed by Chris Espersen, HITEQ Advisory Committee member and Independent Contractor and Past President of Midwest Clinicians Network; Shane McBride, Independent Contractor and Past Vice President of Quality and Clinical Systems at South End Community Health Center; Chris Grasso, Associate Director for Informatics & Data Services- The Fenway Institute; and Ed Phippen, Principal - Phippen Consulting, LLC.

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