A healthcare consultant identifies operational challenges faced by health organizations; and, designs, develops and implements solutions. The health organization generally hires a healthcare consultant part-time, but a large organization may hire the consultant full-time.
The healthcare consultant talks with health organization management to determine the scope of the assignment. He conducts preliminary research that includes analyses of available data related to known issues. The consultant usually conducts interviews with involved staff members and supervisors as needed to assess work-flow inefficiencies.
The healthcare consultant submits a written report and follows-up with a meeting with the client to discuss the findings. Sometimes the health organization asks the healthcare consultant to stay and assist with implementing recommended changes.