University of Iowa Leverages the Power of Attainia’s Customizable Reports and Easy Access to Historical Project Data
Company: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Size: 845-bed hospital
The University of Iowa capital management department’s medical equipment team manages the budgeting, planning and procurement of all new construction projects for the University of Iowa’s hospitals and clinics. Projects range from as small as a new shower room to an entire new campus facility, and everything in between. The team manages projects both in-house and with the help of external planning firms.
The team leverages Attainia’s medical equipment planning platform to streamline and accelerate their planning. With pre-built room templates, an industry-leading medical equipment catalog and a collaborative interface, Attainia’s platform helps plan medical equipment up to 75% faster than with spreadsheets and manual processes. When working with external planning firms, the university requires the planners to work in Attainia – and grants them access to work within the university’s projects in the platform. This provides immediate project visibility to all team members, and ensures the university’s project data is stored in a centralized location for all active and historical projects.
A key advantage of the Attainia platform is the unmatched ability to access, format and leverage project data, says Trish Moyer, senior project manager for medical equipment.
“I used to plan medical equipment in spreadsheets, and it was just impossible to filter and export the data in an easy and meaningful way,” she said. “Imagine exporting an equipment list for an entire hospital – it would cover the wall of a house! With Attainia, you can filter and export exactly what you need.”
“I have so many users – clinicians, finance people, you name it – and they all are interested in very different data. Being able to easily create a variety of reports tailored to the exact audiences I’m working with is extremely important.”
With access to all active and historical project data at her fingertips, Moyer says that she constantly leverages the platform to answer questions during a project and long after its completion, such as:
- Did we receive a piece of equipment? “If someone tells me weeks later they didn’t receive something, I can quickly log into Attainia and verify that it was delivered because I save the packing slips in the platform.”
- Was a piece of equipment already specified? What model was specified? Will that work for the clinician? Is that OK for the budget? “I get these questions constantly from a variety of people during the course of a project,” Moyer says, “and because we manage our data in Attainia, I can provide this information in an instant rather than having to reach out to our external equipment planners and wait for a response.”
- If a piece of equipment breaks down long after the project is complete: how long is the warranty on that equipment?
“We just sent out an RFP for a new project, and one of our criteria is that the firm would build the project in Attainia,” Moyer says. “Keeping our data in Attainia is an integral part of our process.”