Open internal communication is a catalyst for the teamwork, collaboration and camaraderie we have at UF Health, and it is a crucial tool in such a complex academic health center with staff in many locations.
That’s why I am extremely pleased to introduce our new, integrated intranet portal: UF Health Bridge — bridge.UFHealth.org.
The Bridge is a one-stop online communications and collaboration hub for UF Health faculty, staff and students. It provides tools to encourage interaction, resources to help us stay current on news and activities across the organization and enables us to link professionally to support the work we do.
“The big picture” at UF Health includes the diverse perspectives and passions of our 22,000-plus faculty, staff and students. This new intranet portal is a virtual bridge connecting each of us to what matters at UF Health.
The Bridge offers four major functions: collaboration, a resource library, internal websites and enterprise communications. We read and watch messages from our colleagues; share files and documents; participate in online groups; and receive important announcements and events.
The Bridge is easily tailored to fit your individual and group needs. For example, research committees can create a private group to distribute agendas and proposals. Nurse managers can create a group for their unit and provide its members with the latest policy changes and procedures. Program directors can share cutting-edge studies or white papers suitable for an internal audience; and resident directors can upload on-call schedules to appropriate groups. Users have complete control over each document or group’s privacy levels.
You can easily find the information you need — like directories and documentation — using the main menu bar or the search function. Type a few keywords in the search field; the results page shows Bridge content, people, posts and groups that include those keywords.
On Monday, Jan. 12, UF Health Shands staff will switch from having ShandsConnect as their default intranet portal to the UF Health Bridge. Other faculty and staff will see the Bridge become the default home page for web browsers in the coming months.
I appreciate your support for the Bridge. It provides yet another way we can enhance collaboration across our facilities and integrate our shared vision.
David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, UF
President, UF Health
This spring, take advantage of other available resources introducing the Bridge. Attend pop-up demonstrations in locations throughout our Gainesville facilities. UF Health IT/Communications Web Services will continue to offer training sessions to assist users. Stay tuned for more information about these activities. Take advantage of the available resources by visiting https://bridge.ufhealth.org/bridge-help/.