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If you’ve made the decision to implement an on-site clinic as part of your benefit strategy, congratulations!
The time you spent on research and comparison may have felt endless. But turning your decision into reality is where the difficult work begins, and it starts with identifying the buying committee.
This needs to happen fast, because many of the other decisions you’ll face are determined by choosing your on-site clinic vendor. But you also need to get the right people. Getting buy-in from stakeholders is essential; if you don't get alignment here, it may mean going back to the drawing board and re-doing a lot of work.
There’s no way around a buying committee. Your project needs the expertise of a range of people who may have visibility and insight into different areas, from legal to human resources.
The path to launching an on-site clinic demands hard work, dedication, and a strong commitment to establishing an effective partnership with your on-site clinic vendor.
We hope that this guide will serve to answer any questions you have about the planning and launching process, and prepare you for the transformation an on-site clinic should drive within your organization.
And be ready, because the process can take months. Reviewing vendors to make sure they’re the right fit just takes time, and there are simply no shortcuts. You and the vendor the buying committee chooses will begin a long journey together. You have to be certain it’s the right vendor.
This decision-making phase is an early litmus test to help determine what kind of partnership you can expect from a potential vendor. Don’t be afraid to get what you need — vendors are there to help. That’s their job. But you’re going to invest a lot of money, so you want to find a partner, not a skilled sales representative.
It’s critical that you enter a purchase decision with all members of your core decision-making team on board. As a group, throughout the entire discovery process, and even as you narrow down your potential options, you need to ask lots of questions. As much as possible, only move forward as a unified group of collaborators.
Working with a clinic vendor is an involved process, and the work isn't done once the decision is made. Once your team has begun working with a vendor, it's important to maintain your momentum. Here are a few more tips:
If you’re interested in learning more, we’ve written an ebook The Strategic Guide To Planning And Launching An On-site Clinic. It goes into more depth and might be useful to you, no matter where you are in the process of implementing an on-site clinic. Be sure download your copy of it now.
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