UF Health Bridge, new intranet portal, launches

UFH_Bridge_graphic2In hopes of providing enhanced internal communication between employees and students in all six UF Academic Health Center colleges, a new intranet site, called UF Health Bridge, was launched on Jan. 12.

The Bridge is a tool designed to connect all of these groups associated with UF Health. In the coming months, college employees and students will be hearing much more about it – what it is, what it offers and how it can be accessed through a variety of platforms, (tablet, mobile phone, laptop, etc.) Faculty, staff and students can access the site here: https://bridge.ufhealth.org.

Dr. David Guzick, senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health, calls The Bridge “a catalyst for the teamwork, collaboration and camaraderie we have at UF Health” and views it as a crucial tool in such a complex academic health center as UFs, with staff in many locations.

The Bridge offers four major functions: collaboration, a resource library, internal websites and enterprise communications. It offers the ability to read and watch messages from colleagues; to share files and documents; to participate in online groups and to receive important announcements and events.

The Bridge is easily tailored to fit both individual and group needs. For example, research committees can create a private group to distribute agendas and proposals. Veterinary hospital technicians can create a group for their area and provide 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.

Information such as directories and documentation can easily be found on The Bridge using the main menu bar or the search function.

From the home page, users will be prompted to log in using their Gatorlink username and password information.

Training sessions are being scheduled for using the new site. Although the training is not mandatory, registration is required by visiting mytraining.UFHealth.org.

Steps are as follows.

  • Select “University of Florida” and then log in with your Gatorlink username and password.
  • Use the search box in the top left corner and search for “bridge.” And then select “bridge training.”
  • If you need help with registration, go to UF Health myTraining Help and How to Find and Register.

There will be a table in the Veterinary Academic Building on Feb. 12, manned by two UF Health communications staffers who will be giving away specialty items and showing people how to access/maneuver the Bridge on their laptops/smartphones/tablets.

Expect to hear more “buzz” about the Bridge and its capabilities in the near future.

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