A Hospital Information System (HIS)
is mainly an information system that manages all data to allow health care organizations to do their jobs effectively. HIS focuses on the administration requirements of hospitals & clinic.
In various implementations, a HIS is a comprehensive integrated information system which is designed to lookout all the aspects of a hospital’s operation, such as administrative, medical, legal, and financial issues. Hospital Information System is also known as Hospital Management Software (HMS)
or Hospital Management System.
How Hospital Information System (HIS) works for Healthcare Agencies:
Hospital Information Systems provide a common source for data or information of a patient’s health history. The system has to keep data secured and manage the visitors to see the data in certain conditions. These systems enhance the ability of health care professionals to coordinate care by providing a patient’s health information and visit history at the place and time that it is needed.
Patient’s laboratory test information also includes visual results such as X-ray, which may be reachable by professionals. HIS provide internal and external communication among health care providers. Portable devices such as smartphones and tablet computers may be used at the bedside.
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Potential Benefits Of Hospital Information Systems Include:
- HIS has efficient & accurate data of finance, information about diet of patient, engineering, and distribution of medical aid. It assists to view a broad picture of hospital growth
- Monitoring of drug usage, and study of effectiveness and that leads to the reduction of adverse drug interactions while promoting more appropriate pharmaceutical utilization.
- Enhances information integrity, reduces transcription errors, and reduces duplication of information entries.
- Hospital software is easy to use and eliminates error caused by handwriting. New technology computer systems give perfect performance to pull up information from server or cloud servers.
Hospital Information System (HIS) for Different Departments
Nursing Information Systems (NIS):
These computer based information systems are designed to help nurse department provide better patient care. An idol NIS can perform a number of functions and deliver benefits such as improving staff schedules, accurate patient charting and improve clinical data integration.
Physician Information Systems (PIS)
As the name tells the story, the PIS system’s main purpose to improve the practice of physicians and are also recommended by the government for deployment. Physicians can avail themselves of the Federal Government stimulus package aimed to provide better medical care.
Radiology Information System (RIS):
These systems are also popular for their ability to provide radiology billing services, appointment scheduling as well as reporting and patient database storage. The radiology practice has become more complex with advances in technology and more hospitals now turn to RIS to manage the business side of their practices.
Pharmacy Information Systems
Pharmacy Information Systems (PIS) was designed to address the demands of a pharmacy department, PIS helps pharmacists monitor how medication is used in hospitals. PIS helps users supervise drug allergies and other medication-related complications. The system allows users to detect drug interactions and also helps administer the proper drugs based on the patient’s physiologic factors.
Advantages of a Hospital Information System
Easy Access to Patient Data
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A well-implemented Hospital Information System
means readily available patient data to the care providers. It is only a matter of few clicks and all the requisite information about a patient, from various departments in the hospital, can be available on the screen
HIS, when implemented well, cuts out on a lot of manual work that are essentially performed in hospitals, especially the ones where documentation and record keeping is required. It helps in cutting down manpower because a lot of work gets automated and does not require manual intervention to store or analyze the information.
Processes automated using software would mean that the processes will be taken care of mechanically without any human intervention and this will instantly ensure improved efficiency. The software will not face human problems like fatigue, miscommunication or lack of focus; it will perform every task assigned to it with the same accuracy day in and day out.
Reduces Scope of Error
Because processes on HIS are automated and a lot of tasks are assigned to the software to perform with utmost accuracy with minimum human intervention, the scope of error is reduced dramatically. For instance, while billing an IDP patient for the drugs used with HIS, the bill can hardly go wrong because the drug the nurse indents is what is billed for until and unless there is a shortage in stock or change in drug order after the indent has been sent.
Increased Data Security & Retrieve-ability
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Record keeping in hospitals is a mandatory bane with two challenges: keeping the data safe with only authorized personnel getting access to it and retrieving it in the minimum possible time. Add to these the perennial problems of space shortage, protection from natural elements and protection from pest damage etc.
Improved Patient Care
Improved access to patient data and improved work efficiency means better and faster clinical decisions. In this age of evidence based medicine, the faster the clinician gets the diagnostic reports and the quicker her orders are implemented the faster is the patient recovery and the better it is on the patient care index.
HIS is more than an Healthcare IT solution
; it helps you offer clear information, rapidly for better patient care while ensuring that the hospital operates efficiently and improved profitability by plugging revenue leakage.
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