Did you know? Device rationalization is underway

September 11, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Many faculty and staff may already be aware of the device rationalization mandate in progress — a request from Michigan Medicine’s executive vice president for medical affairs to identify a minimum five percent reduction in the number of “CoreImage” general compute devices (desktops and laptops) used within the organization.

Targeted devices are Windows/PC devices used less than an hour each day; CoreMacs are not included. This task is being conducted under the guidance of the Device Governance Workgroup (DGWG). Departments are being asked to identify underutilized or unused devices that can be removed or repurposed.

Why is this project underway?

Approximately 4,000 devices, some 10 percent of Michigan Medicine’s fleet, has been identified as being used for less than 60 minutes daily. If the organization can remove the targeted goal of approximately 1,750 low use, non-critical devices from the environment, Michigan Medicine will be able to save more than $1.4 million in hardware costs. These funds alone can be reallocated to other more pressing needs and strategic endeavors.

In addition, streamlining the asset fleet will enable Health Information Technology & Services to be more efficient in supporting hardware and to concentrate on keeping active devices up-to-date.

Operational department leaders have been notified by the DGWG about this important initiative and have started working with delegates to identify low usage, non-critical devices that are candidates for removal. Staff may be asked to assist these delegates in determining need, frequency of use, and criticality of these devices.

For more information about the workgroup and a list of its members, visit the DGWG project page.