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Nighttime Apnea Partners Institute (NAPI â?" said Nap-ee) specializes in the study of sleep disorders, such as Apnea. They test both newly announced products and traditional home-remedies. Eventually, after much research, they publish clinical study data on their findings. In addition, they create market-ready sleep-aids that range from the low-tech to some very high-tech options.

You are working with them on a software implementation project that will add barcode functionality to their current patient record system/custom-designed sleep-study software. This is a desired functionality in high-demand by the Sleep Specialists, who track sleep behaviors of individuals testing various research studies, product studies or who are simply visiting overnight to identify their specific sleep disorder. Below is the design for this change project. Analyze its strengths and weaknesses.

The Design:

â?¢Test barcode software against requirements
â?¢Training shift leads in use of barcode readers
â?¢Provide barcode training manuals for shift leads to use in training their teams
â?¢Bring up one wing of the sleep labs per week until all labs are up and running
â?¢Provide on-the-floor coaches who rotate through sleep labs assisting the technicians, troubleshooting and coaching the use of the barcode readers
â?¢During the week that a wing is building its barcode skills, debrief the wing-team at the end of the shift and debrief senior management at their morning â??huddleâ??

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This solution deals with a case study involving Nighttime Apnea Partner's Institute and the implementation of software to add barcode record systems. The solution evaluates the strength of the program design.

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Implementing a software project to add barcode functionality for Nighttime Apnea Partners Institute will solve a high-demand need by the Sleep Specialists. In order to execute this implementation project in a thorough and competent manner a design has been developed. Initially, the barcode software will be tested against requirements. It is key to ensure that the barcode software achieves the performance improvement expectations, as well as ensuring that the barcode interfaces with the sleep labs. It is important to validate that the barcode software works against the requirements and meets the needs and wants of the stakeholders. At this point, the software and design can also be re-evaluated to ensure that it meets the requirements for success.

Following the successful testing of the barcode software the next step of the design should be to preview it to management and lead stakeholders. Having a plan for troubleshooting installation ...

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