Access to the right information andthe automation of complex tasks andworkflow is the key focus of the HMIS,freeing the staff to spend more time oncaring for patients and extending thereach of services
By Japneet Sabharwal,
Elets News Network (ENN)
Hospitals are extremely complex institutions with large departments and units that coordinate care for patients. Hospitals these days are becoming more reliant on the ability of hospital information system to assist in the diagnosis, management and education for better and improved services and practices.
Hospital information systems (HIS) or Hospital management information systems (HMIS) are increasingly becoming an emerging tool in health care arena to efficiently deliver high quality health services. HIS/ HMIS is one of the most widely used computer systems support health care services.
A Hospital management information system is a comprehensive, integrated information system designed to manage all the aspects of a hospital operation, such as medical, administrative, financial, legal and the corresponding service processing. HMIS can be defined as massive, integrated systems that support the comprehensive information requirements of hospitals, including patient, clinical, ancillary and financial management.
HMIS features unparalleled flexibility & scalability, comprehensive report types, easy customization, intuitive visuals and interactive graphics that simplify complex data, dashboards support quality initiatives and comprehensive drill-down capabilities.
Highlights of HMIS
>>Easy access to doctors data to generate varied records, including classification based on demographic, gender, age, and so on.
>>It helps as a decision support system for the hospital authorities for developing comprehensive health care policies.
>>Efficient and accurate administration of finance, diet of patient, engineering, and distribution of medical aid.
>>Enhances information integrity, reduces transcription errors, and reduces duplication of information entries.
>>New technology computer systems give perfect performance to pull up information from server or cloud servers.
>>IT systems facilitates decision making and provides 24×7 assistance anytime, anywhere.
>>Access to information are becoming a vital part of todays healthcare.
>>Patient-centered approach as patient can take care of his own health and can analyze himself the seriousness of his illness and whether he needs to visit doctor or not.
>>User-friendly, easy-to-use and web-enabled applications.
>>Clinical pathways mapped to the system improve diagnoses and treatments offered.
>>It provides doctors and hospital staff with the decision support system that they require for delivering patient care.
Healthcare and the Effect of Technology: Developments, Challenges and Advancements Healthcare is significantly affected by technological advancements, as technology both shapes and changes health systems locally and globally. As areas of computer science, information technology, and healthcare merge, it is important to understand the current and future implications of health informatics.
Technology in healthcare can improve efficiency, make patient records more accessible, increase professional communication, create global health networking, and increase access to healthcare. However, it is important to consider the ethical, confidential, and cultural implications technology in healthcare may impose.
Most work positions for HMIS are currently resident types. Mobile computing began with wheeled PC stands. Now tablet computers and smartphone applications are used.
The HMIS is a province-wide initiative designed to improve access to patient information through a central electronic information system.
HISs goal is to streamline patient information flow and its accessibility for doctors and other health care providers. These changes in service will improve patient care quality and patient safety over time. The patient carries system record patient information, patient laboratory test results, and patients doctor information. Doctors can easily access a persons information, test results, and previous prescriptions. Patient schedule organization and early warning systems can be provided by related systems.
Hospital information systems provide a common source of information about a patients health history. The systems keep the data secure and control who can access the data in certain circumstances. These systems enhance the ability of health care professionals to coordinate care by providing a patients health information and visit history at the place and time that it is needed. Patients laboratory test information including visual results such as X-ray are available to the professionals. HMIS provides internal and external communication among health care providers.
HMIS can be composed of one or several software components with specialty-specific extensions, as well as of a large variety of sub-systems in medical specialties, for example Laboratory Information System (LIS), Policy and Procedure Management System (PPMS), Radiology Information System (RIS) or Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). Hospital information systems main demands are correct data storage, reliable usage, fast to reach data, secure to keep data on storage and lower cost of usage.
Additionally, the HMIS provides a host of direct benefits such as easier patient record management, reduced paperwork, faster information flow between various departments, greater organizational flexibility, reliable and timely information, minimal inventory levels, reduced wastage, reduced waiting time at the counters for patients and reduced registration time for patients.
HMIS is a next-generation MIS that is powerful, flexible and easy to use and has been designed & developed to deliver real conceivable benefits to hospitals and patients.