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As HMS Next gains momentum, we will keep you updated on progress through this dedicated website where you can review updates from the workstreams, post your comments and view suggestions from others in the community. We currently are evaluating the creation of a tool that would enable crowdsourcing of ideas to facilitate a more vibrant online conversation. Further information on this online tool and updates on HMS Next will be available here, at Town Meetings and through e-mail updates. For additional information please see the Q&A section below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why has Harvard Medical School introduced the HMS Next initiative?
Will everyone in the school be asked to participate?
How will you measure the success of HMS Next?
What are the expected financial impacts of the various initiatives?
Will these initiatives impact service levels in any way?
Will there be any layoffs or staffing changes?
When can we expect to see these initiatives rolled out?
How are faculty members involved in the process?
How are decisions being made?
What communication can we expect along the way?
Who can I contact with suggestions and for more information?
A: The world in which we operate has fundamentally changed. An increasingly competitive and changing external funding environment has caused us to reconsider how we think about our current operating model, how we can work together in new ways to do things differently, and where we may find new opportunities for revenue generation. HMS Next was formed with the goal of ensuring that we extend the preeminence of Harvard Medical School while addressing the financial challenges we face as a community.
A: Everyone is invited to contribute ideas and feedback. It is vital that the HMS community works together to transform the way we operate so that HMS will continue to be successful and have a healthy future. A diverse group of individuals from a variety of departments, offices and programs are currently involved in the workstreams, generating ideas that reflect new approaches to our work as well as cost savings. Many ideas are already being implemented. To become more involved, email HMSCommunityForum@hms.harvard.edu, or contact the workstream leaders to share your thoughts and recommendations.
A: Success will be measured in a number of ways. We will be assessing how HMS Next contributes to reducing the deficit, creating greater efficiencies, and generating new revenue for the School.
A: Certain initiatives will generate immediate savings, such as brand printing and supplies for custodial use. Others will require investments be made to survive longer-term efficiencies. All cost savings and revenue opportunities will be evaluated based on their impact on mission, service levels and contribution to improving the School's operating results.
A: Our goal is to ensure a healthy financial future for the School through the creation of an improved operating environment. This promises to result in greater efficiencies throughout the school. Ideally, these changes will result in increased and more effective service levels for the community.
A: Staffing may be affected in a number of ways. In some instances, staffing levels may be reduced with duties reallocated or eliminated. In other instances, staffing levels may be increased to support new efforts evolving from these initiatives.
A: Initiatives are currently being rolled out. Visit the Outcomes page for the most updated report on the progress being made by HMS Next.
A: Faculty members have been an invaluable resource throughout the process. As our mission states: “We are transforming the way we work. Together.” Faculty, staff, and students have all been invited to contribute to HMS Next.
A: For the past six months, the workstream members have been meeting regularly to review existing policies and practices, identify opportunities, and make recommendations. These recommendations have been presented by the workstream leaders to the Operations Management Group (OMG) for further review and consideration. After careful discussion and evaluation by OMG and School leadership, the approved workstreams proposals are being implemented.
A: Progress on HMS Next will be reported through the dedicated website and through Town Meeting and email updates.
A: Email HMSCommunityForum@hms.harvard.edu or contact any of the workstream chairs who are listed on the website.